Search Results: "Alison Croggon"


BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2005

"Maerad's path to her destiny will be awaited eagerly. (pronunciation key, map, appendices, poems) (Fantasy. 12+)"
A lush, vivid epic fantasy about a slave who becomes pivotal to a vast land's survival. Read full book review >

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BLACK SPRING by Alison Croggon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"For those who take their romance tumultuous and doomed. (Gothic horror/fantasy. 14 & up)"
Cleaving to the sensibility of the original, this love letter to Wuthering Heights is for fans of genuine Victorian Gothic. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"This serious penultimate epic, filled with Tolkien-like images, is emotionally astute and brimming with vivid detail. (map, pronunciation key, appendices) (Fantasy. YA)"
Croggon backtracks along her time line to chronicle Hem's grueling and poignant struggles during The Riddle (2006). Read full book review >

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THE BONE QUEEN by Alison Croggon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"Magnificent yet intimate, dark yet tender. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Croggon takes readers back 50 years before the four original books in her Pellinor series for this prequel about a malevolent spirit breaking into the World. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Start with the First Book (The Naming, 2002). (map, appendices) (Fantasy. YA)"
Sonorous motifs and resonant archetypes form the backbone of this series conclusion, which shows Maerad and Hem traveling long distances on foot as they toil toward their cryptic task. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Supremely satisfying. (pronunciation key, rune key, maps, appendices) (Fantasy. YA)"
Maerad's tale continues, luminous, desperate and bold. Read full book review >

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DARK DAYS AND BLOOD REBELLIONS
by Thea James

What is it about the clever blend of magic and classic aristocracy that is so pleasing to read? The mix of enchantment, romance, and classism is a tried and true bouquet, from books like Sherwood Smith’s much beloved YA duology Crown Duel/Court Duel to movies like the newest iteration of Beauty and the Beast.

Like so many others who ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FREDDY & FRITO AND THE CLUBHOUSE RULES by Alison Friend
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"This playful, lighthearted lesson about peacekeeping and place-keeping serves as the introduction of Friend's Freddy & Frito, and readers will look forward to their further adventures. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Fox kit Freddy and little mouse Frito's imaginative play dates are hampered by the rules of their respective homes, so why don't these two friends build a big clubhouse all their own? Read full book review >

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123 by Alison Jay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Just wonderful. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Jay offers a worthy companion to her ABC: A Child's First Alphabet Book (2003) that is winsome and clever, with many layers to explore. Read full book review >

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UNTIL I SAW THE SEA by Alison Shaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"Well-chosen content; top-notch visuals. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
A themed anthology—somehow there haven't been many on this subject for children—of 19 poems, some anonymous or traditional, most by such familiar names as Robert Louis Stevenson, e.e. cummings, Myra Cohn Livingston, and David McCord. Read full book review >

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ISABELLA'S BED by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

When they visit Grandmother, the children sleep in ``Isabella's'' handsome bed and explore the trunk of South American treasures at its foot. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE THAT ZACK BUILT by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Perfect for giggling and sharing and right on target for lap-time reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A new version of a beloved classic. Read full book review >