Search Results: "Amber Benson"


BOOK REVIEW

AMONG THE GHOSTS by Amber Benson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Skip this one and the next one too. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Ghostly children, a long-dead inventor, a voracious monster (sort of), a motherless-but-plucky girl, a mysterious private school, clever chapter headings and arch authorial asides are all jumbled together to create something that winds up being less than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS OF ALBION: ACCURSED by Amber Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Demons, bodice-ripping passion and some good old murky London gloom; all one can ask for in a dark night's reading."
Demons from the subcontinent threaten Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Read full book review >

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AMBER WAITING by Nan Gregory
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"This is just the sort of episode that children should insist on sharing with similarly dilatory caregivers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Gregory (Wild Girl and Gran, not reviewed, etc.) sends an oblique but pointed message to parents: Amber enjoys everything about Kindergarten except having to wait to be picked up. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An enlightening peek behind the curtain for Nancy Drew fans. (timeline, publication list, glossary, endnotes, bibliography) (Biography. 11-14)"
"There is no Carolyn Keene. There never was." But as the author of 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew mysteries, Mildred Wirt Benson came closer than anyone else. Read full book review >

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AMBER HOUSE by Kelly Moore
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Richly woven, with depth and swift plotting that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels. (Horror/romance. 13 & up)"
A deliciously creepy beginning to a projected trilogy. Read full book review >

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AMBER BEACH by Elizabeth Lowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Much livelier than Winter Fire, and perhaps the beginning of a series."
A well-made, completely predictable and unchallenging second hardcover from Lowell (Winter Fire, 1996)—a romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure, and squishy clichÇs that fans of the genre could possibly want. Read full book review >

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FADING AMBER by Jaime Reed
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The last act rewards patient readers, but the rest probably should have been condensed. (preview chapters from earlier books in the series) (Paranormal romance. 13-17)"
Pacing problems hamper the third installment of the Cambion Chronicles. Read full book review >

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SEIZING AMBER by Jonathan Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A true and proper international thriller whose generously sketched characters quickly grow on you."
Blackmailers, spies, and aristocrats try to outsmart each other in the race to find an ancient chamber of divinely beautiful design. Read full book review >

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THE AMBER SPYGLASS by Philip Pullman
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"Readers will be chastened—and warmed—and sorry to see the last page. (Fiction. 12+)"
The longed-for third volume in this trilogy (The Golden Compass, 1996; The Subtle Knife, 1997) satisfies deeply: full of grand set pieces, resplendent language, and glorious storytelling. Read full book review >

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AMBER BROWN GOES FOURTH by Paula Danziger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"Seasoned with puns and repartee, and leavened with a bit of insight, this easy chapter book is a thoroughly enjoyable read. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Now that her best friend has moved away, Amber (Amber Brown Is not a Crayon, 1994, etc.) is facing fourth grade and the difficulty of finding a new best friend in a class where everyone has already paired off. Read full book review >

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THE AMBER CAT by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The seaside setting is as enchanting as the collection of children, and the British humor that peppers this novel only provides more cheeky appeal. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Revisiting some of the characters who appeared in McKay's Dog Friday (1995), this story finds Robin Brogan, his friend Dan, and neighbor Sun Dance down with the chicken pox. Read full book review >