Search Results: "Amanda Ashby"


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FAIRY BAD DAY by Amanda Ashby
FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2011

"Give this lighthearted and lightly satirical book to younger teens and those preteens who won't be put off by the length. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)"
Teens with a taste for the paranormal school story and a tolerance for raucous humor will be involved with and amused by this romantic fantasy. Read full book review >

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DEMONOSITY by Amanda Ashby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"The message never overwhelms the fun in this frothy paranormal romp. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)"
With her usual wit and humor, Ashby (Fairy Bad Day, 2011) takes on the question of how to make the right decision. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2009

"Labeled an early reader by the publisher, the vocabulary and complexity better suit upper-elementary and middle-school readers, despite its slenderness. (map, author's note, bibliography, suggested reading) (Biography. 10-14)"
Finding its niche neatly in this Season of Darwin, this slim volume recounts the world-changing voyage of the Beagle and what its young naturalist found while on it. Read full book review >

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SEA GIFT by John Ashby
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"Though friendship with a local Mi'kmaq boy and success following his grandmother's advice come too easily, this story of adventure, coming of age, and moral ideas has much to offer. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When 14-year-old Lauchie convinces his mother to let him work on a lobster boat for the summer, little does he know he's in for the "absolute best" summer of his life. Read full book review >

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In Shadowland by Timothy Ashby
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A highly readable series installment that weaves real-world history into a deft, dynamic historical thriller."
In this suspenseful mix of fact and fiction, a disillusioned agent for the Bureau of Investigation journeys to post-World War I France and Germany to search for the remains of Theodore Roosevelt's war-hero son. Read full book review >

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DEVIL'S DEN by Timothy Ashby
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 2011

"Real people, real events and the still-charged reverberations of the Civil War provide a provocative framework for a 1920s-era mystery neatly told with meticulous historical detail and enjoyable twists."
In a mystery by former U.S. Department of Commerce official Ashby, the 1923 murder of a Civil War veteran leaves a trail of conspiracy, cover-up and corruption stretching from the Battle of Gettysburg to the halls of the Harding-era Congress and the fledgling Bureau of Investigation (precursor to the FBI). Read full book review >

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COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Begins with vivid characters and solid worldbuilding bones but doesn't entirely hang together."
A teenage genius and his bodyguard uncover unpleasant corporate secrets and face a potentially otherworldly threat in this near-future sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >

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Time Fall by Timothy Ashby
Released: Feb. 15, 2013

"History buffs will delight in the World War II backdrop, but the book's action, style and unremitting pace make it a triumph across-the-board."
Author Ashby's (Devil's Den, 2011) historical actioner follows six U.S. Army Rangers who jump from an aircraft in 1945 and travel nearly 70 years by the time they hit the ground. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

An exhaustive, nicely done biography of the late Idaho senator Frank Church, whose four terms (1957-81) ran from the beginning of the Cold War to the post-Vietnam era. Read full book review >

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MY FAVORITE DINOSAURS by Ruth Ashby
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Purchase for young dinosaur lovers, who may pore over paintings looking for their favorites. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
Dinosaur artist Sibbick presents 29 of his favorite dinosaurs with full-color double-paged paintings that pitch the viewer into the midst of action-filled dinosaur landscapes. Read full book review >

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TOUCH WOOD by Joe Ashby Porter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Smart, hard, and rewarding."
A slim but varied and accomplished third collection from a Pulitzer-nominee (The Kentucky Stories, 1983, not reviewed; Eelgrass, 1977, etc.). Read full book review >

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CAEDMON’S SONG by Ruth Ashby
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A bit bland, all in all—but the episode is a significant one in our cultural history, and it's been many a year since any other version of it has been offered for young readers. (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
Ashby embroiders the medieval tale of England's first known poet but lightly, downplaying its religious elements without losing them entirely. Read full book review >