Search Results: "Alma Katsu"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TAKER by Alma Katsu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Beneath the trappings of undead lore is a love story that's deeply old-fashioned, and not just because the principals were born 200 years ago."
A backwoods Maine doctor falls under the spell of a confessed killer whose loves and sorrows go back two centuries. Read full book review >

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WORLDWEAVERS by Alma Alexander
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Buy it to keep the fans happy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Thea Winthrop returns to the Wandless Academy in the fall and is drawn immediately into another adventure when the Federal Bureau of Magic asks for help. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN FEED by Alma Fritchley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Letty's forays into high-level political scandal aren't as original or compelling as the down-home British lunacy of Chicken Run, but Fritchley manages again to invoke a tone as quiescent yet soothing as a root-beer float."
Like it or not, new vistas are opening for Yorkshire chicken farmer Letty Campbell (Chicken Run, p. 620). Read full book review >

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CHICKEN SHACK by Alma Fritchley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2001

"Fritchley works some felonious misdoings and an eventual violent death around the edges of a plot that showcases cozy Yorkshire domesticity, farcical romance, and a climactic fire that tidies up the loose ends."
Could this be the end for Letty Campbell—not so much the end of her affair with librarian Anne Marple or of her longer-running friendship with glamorpuss Julia Rossi, which has teetered on the edge throughout her debut (Chicken Run, 1998) and its two sequels, but the end of her far more deeply beloved chicken farm, now overshadowed by a health farm planned by Texas corporation CFC Inspirational Health and Beauty? Read full book review >

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COMMUNITY SOUP by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"For reading aloud or alone, a nourishing choice. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mary's little lamb becomes a village child's goats in this quirky, Kenya-set tale of making pumpkin vegetable soup. Read full book review >

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LIBERTAD by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2008

"FOREVER') will strike even young readers as a little naïve. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-13)"
Libertad picks trash for a living with his younger brother and their mother in Guatemala City. Read full book review >

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SPELLSPAM by Alma Alexander
FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2008

"Able to stand on its own merits, this book's energetic plot, well-integrated back story and teen characters will make fans very happy and bring new readers under the series' spell. (Fantasy. Ages 13-16)"
From the very first page, this second in the Worldweavers series grabs the reader's attention. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2007

"The combination of suspense, magic and teen angst will appeal to young-adult fans of Isobel Bird's Circle of Three series and Tamara Pierce's Circle of Magic books. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
Try to imagine Carlos Castaneda's mythos meeting Orson Scott Card's Tales of Alvin Maker(with the substitution of a depressed adolescent female protagonist), and you'll have a feel for this fantasy stew. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN RUN by Alma Fritchley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Readers scared off by the butch heroics of New Victoria's backlist can take comfort in Fritchley's first, a gentle lesbian love story with only a kiss of slow-burning mystery."
Even though Letitia Campbell's latest lover, sleek Julia Rossi, chose her job at Classic Cars over the arcadian pleasures of life at the chicken farm that Letty inherited from her aunt, Letty's willing to let Julia inveigle her into renting out a couple of fallow acres for an auction of stratospherically-priced autos. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"However, this fictionalization combined with the real characters and black-and-white historical photographs may leave readers confused about how the nameless, genderless protagonist fits in. (historical note, glossary, further readings) (Fictionalized nonfiction. 10-13)"
During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, many sided with the Germans, but many others resisted and created a movement dedicated to sabotage and to the rescue of Jews and Gentiles in danger. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS OF JIN-SHEI by Alma Alexander
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 27, 2004

"Full indeed, and yet, even so, more episodic than epic."
In a mythical Chinese kingdom, members of an ancient sisterhood fight, die, and practice sorcery for one another as they struggle to survive. Read full book review >