Search Results: "Kid's Academy"


BOOK REVIEW

KID'S STUFF by Susan B. Kelly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A deceptively quiet setup, a stunning climax, and an all-too- plausible harvest of ashes in Kelly's strongest novel yet."
Hopbridge Chief Inspector Nick Trevellyan's first solo outing- -his live-in sometime detective partner Alison Hope (Hope Will Answer, 1993, etc.) hovers on the fringe—is a dark departure from the badinage of his earlier ventures. Read full book review >

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CON ACADEMY by Joe Schreiber
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Quick and entertaining, this comic romp fulfills its promising setup. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A boy from a con-artist family cheats his way into an exclusive private school only to find a rival grifter at work there. Read full book review >

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ASTRONAUT ACADEMY by Dave Roman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Definitely goofy. (Graphic science fiction. 10-14)"
Hakata Soy and his fellow students at Astronaut Academy return from break to an academy in lockdown. Read full book review >

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NIGHTMARE ACADEMY by Dean Lorey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Pure entertainment with no thinking required—and that's just fine. (Fiction. 8-16)"
Wild imagination and a formulaic plot provide lots of fun and excitement as a boy faces his nightmares in reality. Read full book review >

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PENNYROYAL ACADEMY by M.A. Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Flashes of inspiration light up a protagonist with plenty of spine, a plot too dependent on set pieces and a colorful but quickly sketched supporting cast. A sequel-worthy debut nonetheless. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Larson weaves a patchwork mix of trite and truly excellent ideas into this chronicle of a young fugitive's first year at princess school. Read full book review >

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JEDI ACADEMY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Sacrilege of the most satisfying kind. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Even the most critical Star Wars fans will give Lucasfilm points for licensing this subversive graphic novel. Read full book review >

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PILFER ACADEMY by Lauren Magaziner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A fun fantasy romp. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Hogwarts is a school for wizards. Pilfer Academy is a school for thieves. Read full book review >

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Hazelwood Academy by Daniel Bandor
Released: March 25, 2016

"A derivative take on the magical boarding school novel that offers little entertainment."
In this YA fantasy novel, students attend a magical boarding school where they learn spells, play Mageball, and contend against evil forces. Read full book review >

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KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY by Violet Haberdasher
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2010

"With Henry's discovery that the neighboring Nordlands (think Scotland, with a Stalinist overlay) is secretly preparing for war, the author also crafts a continuing plotline for sequels to this pleasant if unambitious opener. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Offering the comfort of familiarity, "Haberdasher" (aka Robyn Schneider) crafts an alternate-world boarding-school tale set in the loosely confederated Britonian Isles and featuring a trio of commoner lads admitted against all custom to the posh academy where Knights of the Realm are trained. Read full book review >

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ACADEMY STREET by Mary Costello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Costello renders her homely, knowing heroine with craft and compassion in this sad, slim, rich novel."
In this darkly beautiful first novel, a girl finds happiness elusive and short-lived as she comes of age in Ireland and becomes a mother in the U.S. in the last century's latter half. Read full book review >

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ASTRONAUT ACADEMY by Dave Roman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Roman's quirks may irritate a few readers, but many children will run to their own scratch pads to draw fierce bunnies, wearing cute hats. (Graphic novel. 10-14)"
This book will make readers want to flip through the author's doodle pad, in case he has ideas that are even wilder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 2, 2007

"Inspirational and heartwarming."
Now living in Illinois, 20-year New Orleans resident Tisserand recalls a community's effort to make sure their kids got a decent education in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >