Search Results: "Valerie Thomas"


BOOK REVIEW

WINNIE'S MIDNIGHT DRAGON by Valerie Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Wilbur's and Winnie's expressions and the details of Winnie's witchy lair will keep their attention happily fixed. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur are somewhat discomfited by the sudden appearance of a lost fire-breathing dragon-baby through the cat-flap. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 15, 2012

"Though some subplots feel superfluous, the twists and turns make for an enjoyable ride that readers will likely remember. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
What happens in Mexico stays in Mexico, unless it forces you to show up late to high-school graduation in a squad car wearing a red Mexican wedding dress. Read full book review >

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EVERY TIME I SPEAK, I WANT THE TRUTH TO COME OUT
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Cover Story: Statementastic
BFF Charm: Platinum Edition
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: A Star(r) Is Born
Bonus Factors:
 Political Activism, Awesome Family, Community
Relationship Status: Head Over Heels

Cover Story: Statementastic

Simple and perfect. Although I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that Starr is, indeed, in ...


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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SONNY’S WAR by Valerie Hobbs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 27, 2002

"Hobbs just gets better and better. (Fiction. YA)"
In what is now almost historical fiction, Hobbs (Tender, 2001, etc.) poignantly evokes the turbulent sentiments of 1967-68, a time when the nation was not only at war against Vietnam, but also against itself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING OF THE WOOD by Valerie Anand
Released: June 15, 1989

A lively tale of courtly intrigue set at the close of the 11th century, by the author of The Disputed Crown (1982) and To a Native Shore (1983). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ACCIDENTAL VIRGIN by Valerie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2003

"Amusing farce, with pearls of urban wisdom and some great zingers, by the author of, among others, Sweet vs. Pretty (not reviewed)."
Hymeneal high-jinks via a former Mademoiselle editor and self-help co-author. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 20, 1994

"Like the others in the series, a Christopher Hibbert-style dynasty drama with reliable historical special effects."
Lovers, marriages, and high hopes are blasted by thunderous historic events in this fourth novel of the ``Bridges Over Time'' series (after Women of Ashdon, 1993). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT DIVORCE by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1994

"Though it lacks the high concept of Mary Reilly—the cat woman is no match for Jekyll and Hyde's maid—Martin's novel gathers a quietly, painfully gripping force."
Martin's first novel since Mary Reilly (1990) masterfully weaves together three tales about the great divorce between two women— separated by 150 years—and their husbands, and between the human species and the rest of nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRAIN FEVER by Valerie Sayers
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A compelling read from a writer for whom life is not an abstract notion but a quirkily real, always exactly rendered place where ordinary people can be touched by unexpected grace as they struggle to survive."
Sayers (The Distance Between Us, 1994, etc.) returns to limn the touchingly selfless descent into madness of a man beset by both demons and angels—in a perfectly pitched novel that moves from the author's fictional South Carolina town to New York. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 3, 2002

"A loving tribute to a woman who taught her daughters to value beauty and joy."
A luminously written debut describes a mother-daughter relationship filled with affection and refreshingly free of the usual resentments. Read full book review >