Search Results: "Vanessa Jane Townsend"


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Released: Jan. 27, 2012

"A well-intentioned but slender invitation to explore the natural world through sight and sound."
A cheerfully illustrated and alliterative stroll through a child's garden. Read full book review >

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LET FREEDOM SING by Vanessa Newton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A too-intentionally inspirational muddle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This volume takes the song "This Little Light of Mine" and makes it an extended celebration of the heroes of the Civil Right Movement, from Rosa Parks to Barack Obama, who "let their lights shine." Read full book review >

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MR. BALL MAKES A TO-DO LIST by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A wild romp, with the volume turned up to 11. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
A manic Pac-Man lookalike loves making to-do lists, but he has a certain amount of trouble (read: major difficulties) following through. Read full book review >

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MR. BALL by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Expect more from this Pac Man-esque hero and his band of friends. (Graphic fantasy. 5-8)"
Mr. Ball's egg-cellent adventure just may leave him cracked. Read full book review >

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MONKEY & ELEPHANT'S WORST FIGHT EVER! by Michael Townsend
ANIMALS
Released: March 8, 2011

"The heavy-line cartoon illustrations populated by simple, rubber-limbed characters relate the instructive tale with pitch-perfect notes of humor and silliness that never approach the didactic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One evening, Monkey decides to surprise his best friend, Elephant, with a tray of cupcakes. Read full book review >

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KIT FEENY by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Lame-tastic! (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
Kit Feeny and Arnold are best friends. Read full book review >

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THE ABSENCE OF EVELYN by Jackie Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A careful examination of family ties with an international flavor."
A mother and daughter make separate journeys and come to new understandings about themselves and their relationships in Townsend's (Imperfect Pairings, 2013, etc.) novel.Read full book review >

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IMPERFECT PAIRINGS by Jackie Townsend
Released: May 17, 2013

"A pleasant read, rich in cultural ethos, but with little character depth."
Townsend's (Reel Life, 2012) second novel presents a portrait of two clashing cultures, embodied in the relationship between a career-minded American woman and a conflicted Italian man. Read full book review >

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NUMBER 10 by Sue Townsend
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Townsend (Adrian Mole, 2000, etc.) has a rare gift for wickedly funny one-liners—and her lighthearted affection for human foibles and foolishness keeps this spot-on satire from becoming too brittle."
The Prime Minister is out of touch with modern life, and the hyenas of the British press are having a field day with his numerous gaffes. Read full book review >

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REEL LIFE by Jackie Townsend
Released: Feb. 22, 2012

"A realistic, moving chronicle of the evolving relationship between sisters."
Two sisters travel a rocky path to self-fulfillment—watching some movies along the way—in this reflective debut novel. Read full book review >

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SAINT MONKEY by Jacinda Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"Townsend has attempted a big-canvas novel, but it's only in the close-knit Mt. Sterling neighborhood that she seems at home."
The friendship between two black teenage girls in Kentucky flags when one of them moves to Harlem in this low-energy first novel. Read full book review >