Search Results: "Adam-Troy Castro"


BOOK REVIEW

GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE PEOPLE TAKER by Kristen Margiotta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"The author leaves much to be explored and explained in future episodes, but fans of Unfortunate Events will be willing to wait. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
In this promising series opener, a homicidal maniac stalks two children through a spooky old house that's far larger inside than outside. Read full book review >

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GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE NIGHTMARE VAULT by Adam-Troy Castro
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"A die-cut cover scene and Margiotta's chapter-head views of huge-eyed gamins posing in canted settings add to the pervasive air of strangeness, but it's still a slog. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
In a sequel that cycles around the same track as the opener, Castro sheds light on the past and nature of the aptly named Gloom mansion and the saturnine lad who lives there alone with armies of animate shadows. 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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FAMILY TROUBLE by Joy Castro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A well-balanced panoply of family-centric musings from authors conflicted between responsibility and retribution."
A chorus of noteworthy memoirists reflects on the ethical consequences of airing dirty laundry. Read full book review >

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ISLAND OF BONES by Joy Castro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Potent, emotional essays that speak to the relatable experience of rising above a harrowing childhood."
Castro (English and Ethnic Studies/Univ. of Nebraska; Hell or High Water, 2012, etc.) ponders her troubled adolescence and who she is today. Read full book review >

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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 EENSY WEENSY SPIDER FREAKS OUT (BIG TIME) by Troy Cummings
ANIMALS
Released: May 25, 2010

"A groovy alternative to the traditional nursery song, this not only models problem-solving but how to be a good friend as well. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fresh, inventive debut presents an I-think-I-can version of the Eensy Weensy Spider. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 17, 2012

"Castro's first mystery is fierce and intense, with both harrowing depictions of New Orleans after Katrina and psychological mayhem for its troubled heroine, who crawls under your skin and lingers there long after you've finished reading. A sequel is in the works."
Salvaging lives in post-Katrina New Orleans is no picnic. Read full book review >

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THE ONE MINUTE ASSASSIN by Troy Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Cook (47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers, 2006) fashions a lively plot, but his humor is strained and sophomoric."
Who's killing the candidates for California governor? Read full book review >

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APOCALYPSE by Troy Denning
Released: March 13, 2012

"An action-packed final chapter that should please fans."
The ninth and final book in the complex Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi saga. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"Fans of Millard Fillmore, that noted moderate, won't find much new in these pages, but those sick to death of extremist rhetoric should be assured by the author's conclusions."
Moderate does not equal namby-pamby, and extremism is not an American norm; instead, the founders "celebrated modesty, balance, self-denial, and rationality," none of which seem abundant in politics today. Read full book review >

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A Philosophy on Life, Family, and Growing Up by Troy Hunter
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A heartfelt discussion of child-rearing and society."
A wide-ranging debut exploration of how to live the most fulfilling human life, from birth to death. Read full book review >