Search Results: "Andrea Montalbano"


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BREAKAWAY by Andrea Montalbano
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Perhaps a sequel is in order? (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Lily is a soccer dynamo. Read full book review >

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A DEATH IN CHINA by Carl Hiaasen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1984

"Still, a solid, lively thriller for the most part—with an efficient (if familiar) central plot, action that's scenic and varied, and loads of wry, unromanticized China atmosphere."
Art-historian Tom Stratton is on a rather dismal tour of China—when he bumps into his beloved mentor, Prof. Read full book review >

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POWDER BURN by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1981

"Good, solid underworld melodrama—with some especially authentic touches in the police work (a morgue scene is a standout) and the trafficking."
The cocaine traffic in Miami—convincingly, tautly fictionalized by two Miami Herald reporters. Read full book review >

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ELLIOT'S EMERGENCY by Andrea Beck
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The coaching Elliot gets on learning to sew hints at self- sufficiency, without becoming didactic. (Picture book. 3-7)"
If a torn seam for a stuffed toy is like a skinned knee for a child, it's no wonder that Elliot the moose turns to his other toy friends for help in keeping his stuffing from falling out. Read full book review >

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WOLF CAMP by Andrea Zuill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"This debut picture book will delight more than dog lovers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Homer, a goggle-eyed, middle-size houndish-looking canine, yearns to go to Wolf Camp, a place "Where every dog can live as a wolf—for an entire week!" Read full book review >

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BASILICA by William D. Montalbano
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 4, 1999

"Formulaic and hackneyed, but written with plenty of action and a good, crisp pace: the sort of book you don—t put down until it's finished—and then promptly forget it. (First printing of 75,000; $750,000 ad/promo)"
The latest of the post-Woltyla Vatican thrillers to come on the market, this one by the late newspaperman and novelist (A Death in China, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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PIERRE LE POOF! by Andrea Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"It's a charming enough canine caper, but, like Pierre, it lacks the vigor of the classic Harry the Dirty Dog. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pampered poodle dreams of running free while his owner preps him to be a champion show-dog in this first of a projected series of Pierre adventures. Read full book review >

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DANCE IS FOR EVERYONE by Andrea Zuill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Zuill ably proves that anyone can be a dancer, even if she is big, toothy, tailed, and green. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ballet classes and recitals are not just for children and swans. Read full book review >

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THE INVENTOR'S SECRET by Andrea Cremer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"On balance, it's an entertaining romp in a richly imaginative setting. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
Paranormal-romance queen Cremer (the Nightshade series) tries her hand at writing steampunk with an alternative-history twist. Read full book review >

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RIFT by Andrea Cremer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Exciting stuff, yet again. (Fantasy suspense. 12 & up)"
This prequel to the popular Nightshade trilogy takes readers to Scotland in 1404, where the Searchers and Keepers conflict begins. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 29, 2011

"A lively biography and an interesting lens through which to see a venerated author. (source notes, bibliography, author's note, index) (Nonfiction 10-14)"
A well-researched biography explores how Charles Dickens used his stories to effect social change for London's most destitute children. Read full book review >