Search Results: "Alexandra Bracken"


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ALEXANDRA by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Once again, Erickson demonstrates her skill in limning a forceful royal who tried unsuccessfully to alter history and escape fate."
Russia's last empress receives compassionate but by no means uncritical treatment from biographer Erickson (Josephine: A Life of the Empress, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING  by Alexandra Bracken
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Strong characters and humor lift an otherwise slow and complicated plot. (Fantasy/horror. 9-14)"
The consequences of a centuries-old bargain fall on Prosper Redding. Read full book review >

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WAYFARER by Alexandra Bracken
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Far too lengthy for any but the most avid fans. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Star-crossed time-traveling lovers Etta and Nicholas, now separated, try to find each other in adventures across the world and history in this continuation of Passenger (2016). Read full book review >

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THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken
Released: Dec. 18, 2012

"Be prepared—the darkest minds do indeed 'hide behind the most unlikely faces.' (Dystopian thriller. 14 & up)"
Imagine a not-too-distant future in which 98 percent of America's 10- to 17-year-olds have fallen victim to disease, and the remaining 2 percent are imprisoned in "rehabilitation camps," thanks to a paranoid government that fears the powers they possess. Read full book review >

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BRIGHTLY WOVEN by Alexandra Bracken
FANTASY
Released: March 23, 2010

"A guilty pleasure, perhaps, but a pleasure nonetheless. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Conventional teen tropes translate surprisingly well to fantasy romance in an uneven debut. Read full book review >

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PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Long but intriguing, and sometimes exciting—the payoff is in the future. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A dedicated violinist finds her life taking a different turn when she learns that she is a time traveler in this series opener. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS, THE SCOUNDREL, AND THE FARM BOY by Alexandra Bracken
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A competent novelization of a beloved story. (Science fantasy. 8-12)"
Bracken launches this retelling with the first of the original Star Wars trilogy. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DIARY OF TSARITSA ALEXANDRA by Alexandra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Sketchy diary notes from Alexandra's final days of captivity will interest only experts and the most dogged devotees of the doomed Romanovs. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER AND ALEXANDRA by Maggie Gee
Released: March 1, 1992

"An easy but flawed read."
One big theme is not enough for British writer Gee (Grace, 1989, etc.), who throws in concerns about the environment, millennial angst and cybernetic sex as the Christopher and Alexandra of the title learn, along with us, that life's no fairy tale. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 24, 1994

"Tea may soothe, but Stoddard will drive you crazy with her self-conscious, precious drivel. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Stoddard (Creating a Beautiful Home, not reviewed) makes some amazing claims about the healing powers of tea in this overwrought little book that focuses less on cooking than on personal memoir, entertaining hints, and egregiously inane aphorisms. Read full book review >

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NIGHTS AT THE ALEXANDRA by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1987

"Trevor tales—but exquisitely detailed, perfectly modulated in its bittersweet tone, and quietly, leanly, expertly told."
A 15-year-old small-town lad in WW II Ireland expands his social horizons, and develops a romantic obsession—in this fine, characteristic Trevor story, one of the slightest (if purest) entries in the Harper Short Novel Series thus far. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"It's hard to know how much Rachel's story will interest young readers, who aren't old enough to remember her racing career, but it's a decent effort and an overall worthwhile book. (glossary, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A straightforward biography of one of thoroughbred racing's greatest mares. Read full book review >