Search Results: "Alan Armstrong"


BOOK REVIEW

WHITTINGTON by Alan Armstrong
ANIMALS
Released: July 26, 2005

"It's a lovely paean to the power of story and the words that carry it along. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Into Bernie's barn, filled with castoff animals he has either actively collected or hasn't the heart to refuse, wanders Whittington the cat, an ugly bruiser of a tom who seeks community. Read full book review >

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RACING THE MOON by Alan Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"High-flying adventure grounded in reality. (suggestions for further reading) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Obsessed with rocket-building and outer space, two siblings living in Silver Springs, Md., in 1947 find the perfect ally right next door. Read full book review >

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RALEIGH’S PAGE by Alan Armstrong
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"It's an absorbing historical adventure from an emerging master. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Young Andrew's mind's been set afire by his teacher's enthusiasm for the opportunities offered by America, so when his father finds him a position as page to Sir Walter Raleigh, he dares to hope for overseas excitement. Read full book review >

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LOOKING FOR MARCO POLO by Alan Armstrong
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"Young readers will likely skip the 25-plus pages of source notes at the end, but they will come away with vivid pictures of Marco Polo's character and world, plus the satisfaction of experiencing a well-told story. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The author of Whittington (2005) profiles another medieval celebrity using a similar scenario—fleshing out historical incidents with imagined but thoroughly researched details and conversations and framing the entire narrative as a tale told to a rapt modern audience. Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DREW AND THE BUB DADDY SHOWDOWN by Robb Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1996

"Super Agent Mason Stone'' perfectly augment the text. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When the cast is finally removed from his broken wrist, Drew discovers that he has miraculously become a talented artist, and begins a comic book loosely based on the adventures of his beloved daredevil older brother, Kyle. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMONING by Kelley Armstrong
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2008

"Teen readers might scream loud enough to raise the dead. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After seeing a ghost in her school, Chloe Saunders arrives at the Lyle House, a home for troubled teens, but specters keep surfacing, causing her to question both her sanity and supposedly safe surroundings. Read full book review >

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LIVES AND LEGENDS OF THE SAINTS by Carole Armstrong
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A ravishing glimpse of a complex subject; it leaves readers both enlightened and craving more. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8+)"
Brief biographies take a secular and historic approach to the lives and attributes of 20 saints. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"An important, incendiary, unapologetic history written in hopes of rekindling the possibility of radical change—nothing less than a redistribution of gender power."
Armstrong issues a sobering call to repoliticize the issue of incest, which has fallen prey to the mental health field, its cadre of ``experts,'' and an antifeminist backlash. Read full book review >

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VISIONS by Kelley Armstrong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"A thrilling mystery and multiple love interests leave plenty to explore in the next book."
It's hard to tell fae from foe in this sprawling second entry in the Cainsville series, set in an eerie, insular town. Read full book review >

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DEAD IN THE WATER by Vivien Armstrong
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"306, etc.) this time seems to be modeling herself on lesser Agatha Christie—They Came to Baghdad, say—with prose as cluttered as her plot."
The worst thing about working as a dentist's receptionist is that it just never ends. Read full book review >