Search Results: "Allan Stratton"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DOGS by Allan Stratton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An engrossing blend of murder mystery and family story. (Suspense. 12-16)"
Cameron Weaver's father tried to kill his mother, and now they are on the run, again. Read full book review >

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CHANDA’S SECRETS by Allan Stratton
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Still, the strong, respectful writing makes this crucial and broadly relevant story unfailingly human. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
The subject of AIDS in contemporary Africa receives powerful—though apolitical—treatment. 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 >

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CHANDA’S WARS by Allan Stratton
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"Stratton's setting (as in Chanda's Secrets, 2004) is a fictional African country, so the explanatory author's note is required reading for this outstanding piece. (afterword, author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
Still raw from bringing her mother home to die six months ago, Chanda raises her young siblings in this forceful sequel. Read full book review >

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KINGPIN by Richard Stratton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A pulpy, well-crafted recollection of time behind bars packed with unsettling questions about society's embrace of mass imprisonment and the drug war."
A tense account of a rakish, unrepentant cannabis merchant's time in prison. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Still, there's plenty to ponder here in the matter of how youngsters reconcile devoutness and the sowing of wild oats."
BBC producer Stratton looks at demographic and cultural trends in the Arab world, and by her account things are just going to get stranger. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Any offering that purports to explain 'the facts of life,' as its jacket copy boasts, but dodges that critical question, does both children and their hapless parents a real disservice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willy is an enterprising little sperm, if a little on the numb side when it comes to arithmetic. Read full book review >

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THE BIRD by Nicholas Allan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Allan plays the excreta for laughs, but mixing it with even indirect biblical references—and without the saving grace of originality or real humor—is sure to offend somebody, somewhere. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A twist on the tale of Noah, irreverently told and catering, in the depiction of quantities of feces, to the tired trend of grossness. ``There were no animals or people on the island, so the hermit had it all to himself,'' the story opens. Read full book review >

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THE FLYERS by Allan Drummond
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2003

"The breezy illustration style makes this soar, creating an airy sensation that is whimsical while providing a context for the momentous event and its impact on the future. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An inventive and intriguing approach narrates the Wright brothers' historic flight on December 17, 2003. Read full book review >

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PEDAL POWER by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Drummond rolls along with another successful story of environmental change. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Pedal-power protests in the 1970s turned Amsterdam into "the capital city of cycling." Read full book review >