Search Results: "Amy Gordon"


BOOK REVIEW

PAINTING THE RAINBOW by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"A story about a tumultuous family that lacks a certain element of hardship needed to make a book truly gripping. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two young cousins try to recapture the feeling of summertime fun during a fraught vacation at their family's lake house, a summer overshadowed by the mystery of their uncle's long-ago death. Read full book review >

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THE GORILLAS OF GILL PARK by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2003

"All in all, this offers good, clean fun, a rare commodity in many contemporary middle-grade novels. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Willy's aunt, a costumer, invites him to her city apartment for the summer as she sews 30 gorilla costumes. Read full book review >

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TWENTY GOLD FALCONS by Amy Gordon
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"Admirers of busy, fanciful, timeless tales will embrace this while other readers are likely to find it chaotic, unlikely and dated in tone and style. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fans of the earlier Gill Park adventures will likely jump back into this eccentric world with enthusiasm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RETURN TO GILL PARK by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Intriguing, idiosyncratic and fun to read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Living at home, Willy Wilson, 13, inherited owner of Gill Park, knows he cannot implement the posthumous wishes of millionaire Otto Pettingill. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIFE OF A BOARDING SCHOOL BRAT by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A supplemental purchase. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Lydia Rice is an unhappy and reluctant seventh grader at Miss Pocket's New England boarding school. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW COLLECTOR'S APPRENTICE by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Even if not fully disquieting, the fast pace and unusual characters will keep most readers turning the pages. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Gordon (The Gorillas of Gill Park, 2003, etc.) sets the stage for an eerie fantasy that doesn't quite live up to its potential. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN JFK WAS MY FATHER by Amy Gordon
Released: April 1, 1999

"Aspects of the setting, both in Brazil and Connecticut, are powerfully realized, as is Mrs. Beard: even dead and without a ghostly form, she may be the most compelling character on the scene. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A believable look at life in boarding school in the 1960s, made surreal by the narrator's fantasy that she is John F. Kennedy's daughter, and her conversations with the school's long-dead founder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC BY HEART by Amy Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The characters aren't especially captivating, though, and disparate elements don't all come together. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Schmaltziness and humor, flights of fantastic magic intertwined with some serious soul-searching, not to mention innumerable artichokes, figure in this tale about plumbing the depths of the heart and misinterpreting how one is perceived by others. Read full book review >

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WHAT GOES AROUND
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

Cover Story: Viking Cute
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Real Boy
Bonus Factor: Unexpected Friendships
Relationship Status: Maybe in a Few Years 

Cover Story: Viking Cute

A cutesy viking is kind of an oxymoron when you think about the actual history of vikings, but this one with ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SCOUT by Gordon McMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An enthusiastic effort, but with lackluster results. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A dog searches for his lost ball and finds friends in this pedestrian tale. Read full book review >

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THE THREE LITTLE RIGS by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Illustrated in colors ranging from creamy taffies to shades of metallic gray, the art is a young industrialist's dream come true. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mama rig sends the three little rigs out into the world to build their own garages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANSEL AND DIESEL by David Gordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Imbued with industrial surrealism, this story, though harrowing, applauds the ingenuity of youngsters and the embrace of a loving family. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Gordon follows The Three Little Rigs (2005) and The Ugly Truckling (2004) with his third fractured fairy tale. Read full book review >