Search Results: "Alfred Mac Adam"


BOOK REVIEW

THE REAL LIFE OF ALEJANDRO MAYTA by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1985

"But to North American readers, this book, like its predecessor, may seem not quite worth all the authorial effort."
Like Vargas Llosa's previous book, The War of the End of the World, this (far-more-readable) novel uses the illusions of revolution as its text and pretext: the subject is the reconstruction of the life and the impulses of a small-time Peruvian Trotskyite who got involved only once—but disastrously—in action. Read full book review >

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ONLY ONE THING MISSING by Luis Manuel Ruiz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Chilling, eerie, and sophisticated: a marvelously constructed tale that keeps you guessing until the very end (which does not disappoint)."
Spaniard Ruiz's English-language debut, winner of this year's International Prize, reveals the nightmare world of a young Spanish widow whose dreams spring to life and drive her to the verge of insanity. Read full book review >

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ADAM by Ariel Schrag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"A well-composed story about love and lust in all their myriad variations and about a boy finding his place in a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world."
An emotionally mature, socially tongue-tied and sexually anxious teenage boy abandons the comforts of suburbia for a walk on the wild side in LGBT New York. Read full book review >

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JAMES & MAC by Cricket Design
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2013

"Certainly entertaining and visually appealing, but the mystery is resolved through chance rather than clear detective work. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
With the appeal of a Saturday-morning cartoon, this app will draw in kids—but leave them wishing for more. Read full book review >

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THE GHOSTWRITER SECRET by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Shot through with moments of goofiness and dotted with Rex's black-and-white illustrations, this is sure to please existing fans and win new ones. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Partially thanks to his solving The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (2009), 12-year-old Steve Brixton has been able to start his own detective agency. Read full book review >

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MAC & CHEESE by Jaimes Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Needs more flavor. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Although their names suggest that they're an obvious pair, Mac and Cheese are an odd couple through and through. Read full book review >

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TRACTOR MAC SAVES CHRISTMAS by Billy Steers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Children who already love the Little Blue Truck series will be ready to move on to a holiday celebration with Tractor Mac. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this entry in the Tractor Mac series, the anthropomorphic red tractor assists with transporting a gigantic evergreen tree into town for the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. Read full book review >

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ALFRED KROPP by Rick Yancey
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Fans of the first episode, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005), will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Modern technology meets ancient legend as readers climb aboard Alfred Kropp's thrill ride to save the world. Read full book review >

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ALFRED STIEGLITZ by Richard Whelan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Apart from being a first-rate biography, Whelan's study provides a lively cultural history of Stieglitz's day. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A solid, straightforward biography of one of the pioneering forces of early 20th century American art and photography. Read full book review >

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BILLY TWITTERS AND HIS BLUE WHALE PROBLEM by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 23, 2009

"Definitely funny and slyly subversive. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Readers know what kind of place they are in when the endpapers include ads for giant-squid repellent and shrimp-of-the-month club and the author and illustrator snark at each other in the dedication. Read full book review >

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CHLOE AND THE LION by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"Clever and funny, though it's possible that only a niche audience will want repeat readings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This meta-picture book offers plenty of sly giggles (and knows it). Read full book review >

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IT HAPPENED ON A TRAIN by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Mention of the next adventure at mystery's close will make Brixton fans smile. (Humorous mystery. 10-14)"
The Brixton Brothers Detective Agency is no more. Read full book review >