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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OUR LIPS ARE SEALED
by Mandy Curtis

 

BOOK REPORT for Sekret (Sekret #1)by Lindsay Smith

Cover Story: Zip It, Big Face Features

BFF Charms: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 4

Talky Talk: Truth and Vran'ye*

Bonus Factors: Russian 101, Space Race

Relationship Status: Comrades

 

Cover Story: Zip It, Big Face Features

This cover isn’t your typical Big Face, since there’s no actual boundary of a ...


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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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ALAN BURDICK
by Gregory McNamee

Time is fleeting. Time flies. There’s never enough of it. With apologies to Irma Thomas, the greatest interpreter of the song “Time Is On My Side,” it’s really not.

We modern humans are bound to clocks, to having to be particular places at particular moments, to occupying certain points of the space-time continuum at, well, certain points. But thus ...


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THE UNQUIET PAST by Kelley Armstrong
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A compelling mystery unevenly executed. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
An orphan with visons seeks her past in a Gothic 1964 Quebec. Read full book review >

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SEA OF SHADOWS by Kelley Armstrong
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Strong female protagonists make this trilogy opener a standout, if not a stand-alone read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Magic-wielding twins and their romantic interests fight monsters and mercenaries in this overlong but exciting series opener. Read full book review >