Search Results: "Allan Curless"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PEARLS OF LUTRA by Brian Jacques
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 27, 1997

"With several strong female characters, fewer battles, and more mystery—as well as the usual complement of humorous sidekicks and mouthwatering feasts—this is a victory for Redwall. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Jacques (The Great Redwall Feast, 1996, etc.) has outdone himself in this ninth Redwall epic, weaving strands of a thrilling tale into a complex, persuasive whole. Read full book review >

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OUTCAST OF REDWALL by Brian Jacques
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 21, 1996

"With the usual black-and-white chapter decorations throughout, the book is written to formula—good trumps evil, but has to count at least one important loss—and many will rate it among the best in the series. (Fiction. 9-14)"
``Eeulaliaaaaaaa!'' echoes the battle cry of Sunflash the Mace, badger warlord and champion of all that is good. Read full book review >

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DOG’S NIGHT by Meredith Hooper
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Text and illustrations combine to make an amusing read and one that will compliment other more serious works about art for children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This lighthearted addition to books about art for children combines art appreciation with a twist. Read full book review >

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TIN LIZZIE by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2008

"This frank appraisal of the auto's appeal, and its ultimate cost, will definitely set children to thinking. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Bolstered by teeming galleries of cars old and new, Drummond both pays tribute to Henry Ford's Model T (a century old this year) and issues a challenge to readers. Read full book review >

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LIBERTY! by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2002

"An author's note introduces the story, separating the facts of the day from those details he imagined and giving more historical information about Lady Liberty. (Picture book. 4-10)"
On the day of its unveiling, the flag covering the Statue of Liberty's face was mistakenly lowered too soon; Drummond imagines how it happened. Read full book review >

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CASEY JONES by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2001

Casey Jones, the King of the Iron Horse when the railroads ruled the land, gets polished to a hero's gleam in Drummond's rhymed telling of the stormy night he died. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAVEN by Nicholas Allan
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"When a stray puppy comes to live with the girl, she tries to give it a little heaven on earth, but readers may already have gone on to the more congenial version of paradise found in Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven (1995). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Most books about the death of a pet are solemn and carefully worded, but Allan (Jesus' Christmas Party, 1992, etc.) treats the subject in a decidedly different manner. Read full book review >

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JESUS' CHRISTMAS PARTY by Nicholas Allan
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Charming. (Picture book. 3+)"
``There was nothing the innkeeper liked more than a good night's sleep,'' begins this amusing account of the Blessed Event from his point of view. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVE ROBBER'S APPRENTICE by Allan Stratton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"It's fun all the way as wit, daring and theatrical skills restore the archduchy. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Stratton shows impressive versatility in a shift away from his intense teen fare—Chanda's Secrets (2004), Borderline (2010)—to a playfully dramatic adventure with swashbuckling kids, mountain hermits, avalanche sledding and circus bears. Read full book review >

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BORDERLINE by Allan Stratton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2010

"But only the kid-as-hero motif rings fictional—the curtailing of civil rights, the explicit targeting of young Muslim men and the manic, dangerously unchecked power of U.S. and Canadian anti-terrorism forces are deathly realistic dangers in this vitally educational page-turner. (Fiction. YA)"
As in Chanda's Secrets (2004) and Chanda's Wars (2008), Stratton explodes with political relevance, this time exploring dangers that are more familiar to American readers—or should be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE PEOPLE by Allan Gurganus
Released: Jan. 28, 1990

Gurganus here follows up his phenomenally successful debut—Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All—with a collection of 11 stories written over the last 20 years. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BROTHER by Allan Baillie
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

Driven by a slim promise of safety plus the hope of finding his older brother Mang, 11-year-old orphan Muong Vithy makes his way across hundreds of miles of war-torn Cambodia to the Thai border, relying on his wits and the kindness of strangers to stay alive, evading the dreaded Khmer Rouge, and finding at last a chance for a new life in a distant country. Read full book review >