Search Results: "Alfred Mac Adam"


BOOK REVIEW

WHO KILLED PALOMINO MOLERO? by Alfred Mac Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1987

"More in the vein of Aunt Julia and the Screenwriter than his other recent novels, the playfulness is the thing here, and hard to resist."
A comic police-procedural, of all things—far lighter in tone than the equally investigatory The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta but also a better example of how deftly and smartly Vargas Llosa can cut the fictional cards (and how deeply he's been thinking about the properties of narrative). Read full book review >

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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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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 >

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HOW THIS BOOK WAS MADE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Too funny for its own good. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A book tells the story of how it was made. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Pray for sequels. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Steve Brixton loves all 58 mysteries featuring the intrepid, smart and sporty Bailey Brothers, but his favorite book is The Bailey Brothers' Detective Handbook because Steve would like to be a detective when he grows up (or so he thinks). Read full book review >

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GUESS AGAIN! by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"In all, it's a refreshing (albeit slight) spoof for jaded young readers who have aced easy Q&A books; some may find it too cool for the room. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A series of rollicking riddles with unexpected answers. 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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IF YOU LOVE SOMETHING, LET IT GO
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Cover Story: Night and Day
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Past and Present
Anti-Bonus Factor: Mental Illness
Relationship Status: Let’s Be Friends

Cover Story: Night and Day

One boy walks in the night. The other, in the day. Never the twain shall meet.

The ...


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TAKING THINGS SLOW WITH ADAM RAPP
by Julie Danielson

Adam Rapp is no stranger to the arts. He is a novelist, playwright, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist (2005’s play, Red Light Winter), and his young adult novel Punkzilla was awarded a 2010 Printz Honor. Kirkus reviewers over the years have noted his talents in “pushing the boundaries of fiction for teens,”as well ...


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