Adventure Book Reviews (page 5)

FIRST DESCENT by Pam Withers
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Those willing to accept the premise of this effort are in for an exhilarating if somewhat shallow ride. (Adventure. 12 & up)"
When a 17-year-old tackles the first-ever descent of a tumultuous Colombian river, he encounters both raging rapids and raging war. Read full book review >
THE PROJECT by Brian Falkner
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An epilogue hints that this may not be the end of Tommy and Luke's adventures; readers will certainly be hoping for more. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
New Zealand author Falkner delivers another solid thriller (Brainjack, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"If not quite the sumptuous banquet anticipated, the novel still makes a satisfying, tasty treat. (glossary of terms) (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
From the author of the Dairy Queen series comes this ebullient fairy tale, set in a vaguely Teutonic empire of small baronies, duchies and kingdoms. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"A 'pure-dee' delight for storytime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tall-tale version of the invention of blue jeans by a New York peddler who came late to the California gold rush but saw a need and filled it. Read full book review >
CHARLOTTE JANE BATTLES BEDTIME by Myra Wolfe
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2011

"While references to 'juicy' living seem a bit cutesy and out of step with the pirate theme, the bedtime story is satisfying, and casting a little girl as a pirate is downright refreshing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a pirate/bedtime-story mash-up, a little girl resists sleeping until she realizes that some shut-eye will restore her "formidable oomph." Read full book review >

PIRATE NAP by Danna Smith
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2011

"Arr—pirates may not surrender without a fight, but even the rowdiest readers will have to concede the inevitability of naptime. (Picture book. 2-6)"
'Tis a cheerful afternoon on Spyglass Street, with swords flashing and pirates plundering—until Mom interrupts the fun. Read full book review >
THE SIGN OF THE BLACK ROCK by Scott Chantler
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Readers should start with the first volume to get the characters' back stories, but here's an animated, breathlessly paced adventure that's just hitting its stride. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
A heavy thunderstorm brings a motley trio of fugitive ex-circus performers, their armored pursuers and a band of smugglers together under the roof of a greedy innkeeper in this never-a-dull-moment sequel to Tower of Treasure (2010). Read full book review >
SOLDIER BEAR by Bibi Dumon Tak
by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Readers of any age do not need to know anything about the complicated history of the Polish free forces or even World War II to enjoy this tale of 'a friend and a mascot who made the war easier to bear.' (Historical fiction. 9 & up)"
A bear cub purchased by a pair of Polish free soldiers in the Iranian desert in 1942 becomes a private in the Polish army, a member of the 22nd Transport Company and an active participant in the war in Italy. Read full book review >
CIRCLE NINE by Anne  Heltzel
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Abby and Sam's tragic story is better suited to tearjerker fans than die-hard thriller readers. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
A sad and slow-moving meditation on secrets, lies, identity and fate. Read full book review >
LOVE, MOUSERELLA by David Ezra Stein
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Sometimes snail mail is just better. Here's proof. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bestrewing lined sheets with crayon drawings, Polaroids, smudges, a ketchup packet (not a real one) and other signs of affection, a mouseling writes a newsy love note to her Grandmouse. Read full book review >
GEORGE FLIES SOUTH by Simon James
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"These unflappable characters provide likable, positive role models for readers young and old, who may then enjoy sharing Mordicai Gerstein's Leaving the Nest (2007), in which several species spread their wings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Helicopter moms have not fared well in print—until now. Read full book review >
THE CENTAUR'S DAUGHTER by Ellen Jensen Abbott
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Nonetheless, readers who don't mind being bludgeoned with 'Tolerance GOOD! Prejudice BAD!' should find this a diverting-enough adventure. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Heavy-handed moralizing weighs down a generic but competent coming-of-age fantasy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >