Search Results: "Wendy Townsend"


BOOK REVIEW

BLUE IGUANA by Wendy Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"Readers with a ferocious love of animals will know they've found a kindred spirit. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Hypersensitive Clarice isn't just vegan—her empathy for animals runs so deep that she becomes physically ill after witnessing their injury. Read full book review >

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THE SUNDOWN RULE by Wendy Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Unfolding with the implacable clarity of the natural world Louise reveres, the novel proves that a quiet story can be as gripping as the busiest action-packed narrative—and with more staying power. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This spare, lovely novel concerns that moment in childhood, at once universal and utterly lonely, when one is forced to recognize that all life is mortal. Read full book review >

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LIZARD LOVE by Wendy Townsend
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"While readers warm up to Townsend's cold-blooded creatures, they never really warm up to Grace. (Fiction 11-14)"
Grace loved running wild in her grandparent's woods, playing with frogs and marveling at snakes, until she moved to New York City and left childhood behind. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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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 >