Search Results: "Adam Stemple"


BOOK REVIEW

SINGER OF SOULS by Adam Stemple
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Well-handled fantasy noir debut, with plenty of local color, arresting musical ideas, rapidly escalating gore index and a set-up promising any number of sequels."
Desperately trying to stay clean, ex-drug-addict Douglas Stewart flees from Minneapolis to Edinburgh, Scotland, where tough, worldly Grandma McLaren offers him a fresh start and a place to stay. Read full book review >

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THE LAST CHANGELING by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 28, 2014

"This flattish story needs more depth in both narrative arc and characterization to sparkle. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Book 2 in the Seelie Wars fantasy trilogy moves the plot along…a bit. Read full book review >

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B.U.G. (BIG UGLY GUY) by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2013

"But there may be moments when readers scratch their heads and say: The golem is playing the drums? (Yiddish glossary) (Fantasy. 8-13)"
Some books are impossible to describe. Read full book review >

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THE LAP-TIME SONG AND PLAY BOOK by Margot Tomes
Released: Sept. 1, 1989

"Tomes' quiet illustrations help make this an especially attractive edition of these familiar old favorites."
Sixteen fingerplays and musical games to play with a baby or toddler, with notes on their origins, directions for play, and simple musical arrangements (including chord notations). Read full book review >

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STEWARD OF SONG by Adam Stemple
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2008

"Douglas's behavior makes little sense—none at all unless you've read the previous volume—so once again the appeal is local color, a high gore/spatter index and a vivid narrative."
Second entry in the series begun with Singer of Souls (2005), where former drug addict Douglas Stewart fled to Scotland and, thanks to his extraordinary song-magic and ability to know everybody's true name, became the cruel and tyrannical Lord of the Faerie Realm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOSTAGE PRINCE by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2013

"This isn't the absolute freshest fantasy for this age group, but the prince's boldly impossible plan will carry readers forward to the next installment. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Two standard character types—a spunky lower-class girl and a prince without a kingdom—reluctantly bond in a series opener that features colorful aspects mortared together with tired tropes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"Brass Rat's 'lyrics' are included. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Who captivates kids more than a mesmerizing rock star? Read full book review >

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THE SEELIE KING'S WAR by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A series closer that delivers a skillful balance of action, magic, and mental conundrums. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
Book 3 of the Seelie Wars trilogy brings the series to a close. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STONE COLD by Jane Yolen
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A visually engrossing noir debut in the vein of Sin City, this setup promises a number of sequels. (Graphic mystery. 12 & up)"
Craig McGowan, a young, white Scot, is recruited by Silex, a gargoyle, to join his detective agency and solve crimes in a mystery graphic novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRDS OF A FEATHER by Jane Yolen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"This is a welcome companion to A Mirror to Nature and An Egret's Day (both 2009). (Informational poetry. 8-11)"
Striking photographs of birds that might be seen in the eastern United States illustrate this new collection of 14 poems in varied forms. Read full book review >

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SHAPE ME A RHYME by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Very enjoyable, and allows for much exploration. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Indefatigable author Yolen and her photographer son make another foray in an extremely engaging series. Read full book review >

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COLOR ME A RHYME by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A multicolored gem for the poetry shelves in most school and public libraries. (Poetry. 9-13)"
The ubiquitous Yolen (Sherwood, p. 806, etc.) has previously collaborated with Stemple on three books of nature poems illustrated with photographs. Read full book review >