Search Results: "Valerie Sherrard"


BOOK REVIEW

TUMBLEWEED SKIES by Valerie Sherrard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2010

"Quiet moments like that abound and effectively convey a remarkable level of feeling, making this a worthy and moving purchase. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
During an economic downturn in 1954, ten-year-old Ellie's father is forced to leave her for the summer with her maternal grandmother and Uncle Roger, people she's never known. Read full book review >

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THE GLORY WIND by Valerie Sherrard
CLASSICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"This haunting depiction of small-mindedness will leave readers wondering, as Luke comes to, about Gracie's true nature: heavenly child—or angel? (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Set on the Canadian prairie, as was Tumbleweed Skies (2009), Sherrard's latest movingly documents 11-year-old Luke's coming of age in 1946 as he comes to deeply love his new neighbor, Gracie, also 11. Read full book review >

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FIGHT BACK by Brent R. Sherrard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Hard-won insight neatly depicted. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A boy who has survived years of neglect and abuse get his chance to fight back by becoming a boxer. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The adorable baby goat will appeal to the target audience, and although the story can be bland, it is well-paced, and enhanced by lovely realistic illustrations. (glossary) (Fiction. 7-10)"
paper 1-56247-587-8 In this entry in one strand of the American Girls series (Meet Josefina, 1997, etc.), Josefina is approaching her tenth birthday and has decided she wants to be a healer like her godmother, T°a Magdalena. Read full book review >

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TENDER by Valerie Hobbs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 19, 2001

"A leisurely paced, somewhat gloomy story, but one that is, in the end, rewarding. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A sad, but ultimately hopeful story about missed connections and the opportunity for second chances. Read full book review >

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GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT. OR NOT. by Valerie Hobbs
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Some food for thought, dished out with a heavy hand. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hobbs (How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn't Called You Back?, 1995) takes on a sheaf of hot topics in this soapy, overstuffed tale of three friends helping a fourth who has a penchant for making bad choices. Read full book review >

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A WALKING FIRE by Valerie Miner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"In its best moments, this tale of love, trust, and betrayal reaches beyond political ideals."
In her seventh book of fiction Miner (Trespassing, 1989, etc.) continues her exploration of socially conscious women from the 1960s to the present day. Read full book review >

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ST. URSULA’S GIRLS AGAINST THE ATOMIC BOMB by Valerie Hurley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2003

"A simple story, narrated in a direct and unpretentious style: a pleasant variation on a very common theme."
First novel about the awkward coming of age of a Jewish girl at a Catholic school, and her growing friendship with a school counselor. Read full book review >

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THE GORDIAN KNOT UNDONE by Valerie Benzley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 19, 2014

"Benzley's repellent debut makes you want to call Child Protective Services at Chapter 2 and skip chapters 3 through 51."
A sociopath finds her style cramped when her equally sociopathic mother is released from prison. Read full book review >

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SECRETS OF A RUNAWAY BRIDE by Valerie Bowman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 26, 2013

"A fun, delightful yet emotionally poignant late-Regency romance which succeeds on every level."
Annie Andrews is young, headstrong and determined to marry Mr. Arthur Eggleston; Jordan Holloway, Earl of Ashbourne, is a confirmed bachelor, best friend to Annie's new brother-in-law and determined to stop her. Read full book review >

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ITALIAN FEVER by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Not Martin's most original work, therefore, but one of her most accomplished. (First printing of 50,000)"
The awakening (in more senses than one) of an American woman in Italy is the familiar subject of this stylish though overattenuated sixth novel from the author of such inventive fictions as Mary Reilly (1990) and The Great Divorce (1994). Read full book review >

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Valerie Sayers
Released: Feb. 4, 1994

Sayers (Who Do You Love, 1991, etc.) once again heads back to Due East, the South Carolina coastal town that's ``generally ugly, same as any small town in America.'' For some it's important to get out of town in youth, and here's the story of what happens—or doesn't—when you do. Read full book review >