Search Results: "Adam Blade"


BOOK REVIEW

CHASING EVIL by Adam Blade
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Readers will be clamoring for the next volumes in this gripping, easy-to-read, high-interest series, which is a terrific introduction to the genre. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The second in the Chronicles of Avantia, this tale continues the thrilling saga of Tanner and Gwen as they, along with their powerful beasts Firepos and Gulkien, try to save the Kingdom of Avantia from ruin. Read full book review >

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FIRST HERO by Adam Blade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A slim, easy-to-read, high-interest offering that will be an easy sell to readers just venturing into chapter books. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This first volume in a promising new series is fizzy, fast-paced adventure all the way. Read full book review >

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EDDA by Adam Auerbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"While this will introduce readers to aspects of Norse mythology, there's not enough detail to satisfy; the questions this will raise far outweigh any comfort those new to school may gain from it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Wagner's operas inspired this Valkyrie-themed look at the first day of school. Read full book review >

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FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Some of the humor will resonate more with adults than kids, but there's something in here for just about everyone—even a grouchy raven. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
A snort-inducing companion to 2006's Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, Rex's return to horror-poetry finds the green-skinned monster getting ready for his wedding, complete with a comic-strip visit to his future mother-in-law ("I'm not trying to be mean, but I never thought my little girl would be marrying someone green") and best man Dracula encountering garlic bread at the buffet. Read full book review >

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NOTHING RHYMES WITH ORANGE by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Fruitful in every sense of the word. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As page after page uses rhymes and puns to celebrate fruits, an orange, who is sadly aware of its nonrhyming name, provides commentary that encompasses a wide range of emotions—ending with a feeling of acceptance from the greater fruit community. Read full book review >

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IF YOU LOVE SOMETHING, LET IT GO
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Cover Story: Night and Day
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Past and Present
Anti-Bonus Factor: Mental Illness
Relationship Status: Let’s Be Friends

Cover Story: Night and Day

One boy walks in the night. The other, in the day. Never the twain shall meet.

The ...


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FROZEN SMILES
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Cover Story: Smiley Big Face

BFF Charm: Big Sister

Swoonworthy Scale: 3

Talky Talk: He Said

Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Self-Harm, Sexual Identity Issues

Bonus Factor: Near-Future Technology

Relationship Status: Tearing Up

 

Cover Story: Smiley Big Face

We rag on Big Face a lot around here—for good reason—but this is ...


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TAKING THINGS SLOW WITH ADAM RAPP
by Julie Danielson

Adam Rapp is no stranger to the arts. He is a novelist, playwright, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist (2005’s play, Red Light Winter), and his young adult novel Punkzilla was awarded a 2010 Printz Honor. Kirkus reviewers over the years have noted his talents in “pushing the boundaries of fiction for teens,”as well ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE TRICKSTER'S TALE by Adam Shaughnessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Shaughnessy's imaginings show promise, and his puzzles and plot twists will absorb and intrigue younger readers as they consider the book's central questions about truth, magic, and adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This debut title in a planned middle-grade series introduces readers to a feisty young sleuth, fantastical realms, and warring Viking gods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"Pervasive strong language and subject matter bump up the target audience, but there's definite appeal in the 'kid-wins-over-teacher' plot and some real laughs along the way to victory. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Eighth-grader Leon Noside Harris is in the "gifted pool" at school. Read full book review >

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THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Inspired but problematic. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Gratuity Tucci ("Tip" for short) has a problem. Read full book review >

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PSSST! by Adam Rex
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Endpaper maps expertly matched to the pastedown flaps sandwich this gleefully postmodern romp. (Picture book. 6-8)"
As if more proof were needed that Adam Rex has a strange and goofy mind, here's a visit to a meta-fictional zoo with some uncommonly crafty residents. Read full book review >