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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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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BLACK-EYED SUSAN by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The emotional hardships of pioneer life are made clear in a loving family story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A pioneer girl who loves her South Dakota home tries to deal with her mother's wish for the trees of her Ohio childhood in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

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STEAL AWAY by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A distinctive tale of courage and sacrifice, with no glib lessons or easy resolutions but a memorable portrait of a soul for whom freedom is the greatest prize. (Fiction. 11-15)"
``My heart was going in sixteen different directions. Read full book review >

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MISSING by Kelley Armstrong
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Thrills and mystery from a pro. (Suspense. 14-18)"
A girl living in a depressed coal mining town finds a wealthy boy in the woods who has been savagely beaten, then searches for him when he disappears. Read full book review >

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SMILE NOW, DIE LATER by Vivien Armstrong
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"A notch below Armstrong's best (Beyond the Pale, 2001, etc.)."
No matter where she goes, freelance fabric restorer Zoe Templeman can't escape the specter of violent death. Read full book review >

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FOOL’S GOLD by Vivien Armstrong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Leaving the designer sale she's crashed in some haste because the building has caught on fire, artist Anabel Gordon grabs the wrong handbag. Read full book review >

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JIGSAW by Campbell Armstrong
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

"Pagan becomes inexplicably chatty at the end, slowing the action considerably, though he still offers, generally, a tough and taut thriller."
Thriller writer Campbell (A Concert of Ghosts, 1993, etc.) returns, this time with a briskly paced tale of international conspiracy that drags only near its end. Read full book review >