Search Results: "Ali Sparkes"


BOOK REVIEW

FROG FREAKOUT by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not much of a leap, plotwise, but it should hop off shelves where the series has spawned fans. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Midway through this 14-volume British series, mad scientist Petty Potts follows her favorite experimental subjects, twins Josh and Danny Phillips, to summer camp with a new body-transforming concoction. Read full book review >

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SPIDER STAMPEDE by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A buggy blast; readers will be happy with the clear signs that that the twins' career as experimental subjects is far from over. (line drawings, glossary) (Fantasy. 7-9)"
A spray of strange fluid gives 8-year-old twins Josh and Danny both six extra legs and a quick trip down the bathtub drain in this icky but informative series opener. Read full book review >

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FLY FRENZY by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Readers will suck up this quick and gooey adventure like the 'fly-spit smoothie' that it is. (line drawings) (Fantasy. 7-9)"
The plot thickens with complications, plus various sorts of goo and slime, in the second episode of this boys-as-bugs series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTTO: THE STORY OF A MIRROR by Ali Bahrampour
ADVENTURE
Released: May 14, 2003

"They'll root for bandy-legged Otto in his yellow-banded derby and giggle over the zany details in the soft-toned watercolor-and-ink drawings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Otto is bored with his job as a mirror who works at Topper's Hat Store reflecting the customers as they try on hats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLEVER CHAMELEON by Ali Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An asset in any collection, story-timers will clamor to find the title character in each double-page spread. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The jungle animals, including walking stick, chameleon, parrot, lion, leopard, elephant, crocodile and giraffe, decide to play hide and seek. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HEARTBREAKERS by Ali Novak
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Fans of boy bands will be on this like tattoos on Harry Styles' chest. (Fiction. 12-16)"
It's been hard for Stella to concentrate on her life since her sister Cara was diagnosed with leukemia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE KITCHEN by Monica Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Flawed but still impressive, the work of a fearless writer determined to challenge herself."
The turbulent, multicultural London backdrop is the same, but the dutiful Muslim wife in transition, who drove the action of Ali's brilliant debut (Brick Lane, 2003, etc.), has been replaced by a very different kind of protagonist: a talented chef in midlife crisis. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET by Ali Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"At its best, this strikingly visual novel shrugs off self-consciousness and a sense of strain to become captivatingly ethereal."
Emotional entanglements on a faraway frozen island are shaped by romance and tragedy in a melancholic yet whimsical British debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Intense, closely observed commentary on perilous developments in an unstable nation."
Harshly critical of the American-backed Pakistani military and deeply concerned with the plight of his native country's people, London-based filmmaker and novelist Ali (Dictatorship of Capital: Politics and Culture in the 21st Century, 2008, etc.) warns of an imminent "conflagration of despair." Read full book review >