Adventure Book Reviews (page 3)

AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK by Joe Schreiber
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2011

"Filled with gratuitous violence, unnecessary vulgarity and unending cliché, this story often slides from merely bad into truly offensive. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
In Schreiber's debut novel for teens, an awkward high-school exchange student morphs into a beautiful assassin, changing a boring prom night into a dangerous race against time. Read full book review >
SECRETS AT SEA by Richard Peck
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"Sheer delight. (final art not seen) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
Problem novels, ghost stories, historical fiction—is there anything Newbery Medalist Peck cannot do? Apparently not. Read full book review >

THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Heart pounding to the very last moment. (Science fiction/thriller. 12 and up)"
An explosive ending to The Maze Runner trilogy. Read full book review >
AROUND THE WORLD by Matt Phelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Three true tales of adventure as grand and admirable in the telling as they were in the doing. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-13)"
With uncommon perception and a flair for visual drama, Phelan tracks three intrepid souls' solo journeys around the world. Read full book review >
ALWAYS NEVERLAND by Zoe Barton
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"There are many good stories still to tell about the Boy Who Never Grew Up, but this isn't one of them. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A petulant brat brings Girl Power to a Neverland devoid of whimsy and charm in this unnecessary sequel to Peter Pan. Read full book review >

THE APOTHECARY by Maile Meloy
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Although Janie's narration loses some of its charm and humor as the adventure escalates, its blend of history, culture and the anxiety of the time with magical 'science' will keep readers just as spellbound as the characters. (art not seen) (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Following the paths of Neil Gaiman, Julia Alvarez and Carl Hiaasen, bestselling author Meloy (Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, 2009, etc.) takes a successful plunge into middle-grade fiction. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A quick read, with plenty of rococo weapons, characters and creatures (notably reindeer). (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Streaks of preciousness mar, or at least mark, an "origins" tale framed as a monumental struggle between the King of Nightmares and a Cossack bandit plainly destined for a later career bringing gifts to children on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Fashion Kitty has plenty of fans and won't go out of style anytime soon. This installment, however, requires a bit more attentiveness than her previous outings. (creative ideas for crafty kitties; not seen) (Graphic novel. 8-12)"
Fashion Kitty has met her share of enemies, but Leon Lambaster the III is the most devious, dastardly of all. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"This resilient and exuberant heroine deserves a stamp of approval. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Jacky Faber must once again fight and flirt her way across land and sea to reach her beloved Jaimy Fletcher in the ninth book of this stirring historical series. Read full book review >
FAIR WINDS TO WIDDERSHINS by Allen Jones
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A fast and jolly gambol, with four more promised. (Steampunk. 7-10)"
Quest adventure, animal fantasy and baby steampunk all figure into this second madcap romp around the universe with hedgehogs Esmeralda and Trundle. Read full book review >
A WEB OF AIR by Philip Reeve
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Imaginative, inventive and exciting. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
Fever Crumb is back! Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Sturdy, ingenious—and winning, despite the small color misstep. (Toy book/board book. 3-5)"
Another animated introduction to colors from the creators of What Makes a Rainbow? (2000), using the same "Magic Ribbon" technique. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >