Search Results: "Andrew Lane"


BOOK REVIEW

BLACK ICE by Andrew Lane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Sherlock Holmes fans will enjoy the electrifying adventure and value the insights into the character traits that make the adult Holmes so fascinating. (Mystery/adventure. 13-17)"
In this third in an ever-improving series, the teenage Holmes plunges right away into an adventure that involves his brother Mycroft and a trip to Russia disguised as a member of a troupe of actors. Read full book review >

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FIRE STORM by Andrew Lane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Fans of the previous books will devour it; new readers to the series will have no problem diving in. (Adventure/mystery. 13-17)"
The teenage Sherlock solves mysteries about two different housekeepers and faces up to a vicious sociopath in this sequel to Black Ice (2013). Read full book review >

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REBEL FIRE by Andrew Lane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 24, 2012

"This intriguing look at the times and development of a much-loved character fascinates across gender lines. (author note) (Mystery/adventure. 13-17)"
The opening of this second adventure/mystery starring the teenage Sherlock Holmes finds two men searching for a giant red leech for their terrifying boss, Duke Balthassaar, ably and ickily introducing the sleuth's antagonist. Read full book review >

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DEATH CLOUD by Andrew Lane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"It also offers enjoyable insight into how Sherlock Holmes became the future investigative wizard for established fans of the ultimate detective. (Mystery/suspense. 13-17)"
This first in a new series about Sherlock Holmes as a teenager finds the dismayed hero taken by his brother Mycroft to stay with a stuffy uncle in the country for his summer school holiday. Read full book review >

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MAKING UP HISTORY (BUT MAKING IT FEEL REAL)
by Claiborne Smith

When debut authors talk about their struggles to get published, their stories usually boil down to a dramatic tale of numbers, despite the literary context: X number of writing workshops they attended, X number of years spent working on the debut, X number of rejections from agents or publishers. Andrew Hilleman, whose electric, compelling debut novel, World, Chase Me Down ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ABE LINCOLN'S DREAM by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An adroit blend of humor, compassion and quiet optimism reflects the statesman's character and make this a first choice for February or anytime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Smith transcends clichés to present a fresh and intimate glimpse of the 16th president. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith
by Lane Smith, illustrated by Lane Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Despite Smith's sly title-page introduction of 'jackass' as a legitimate animal label for donkey, this closing gibe refocuses and cheapens the humor into a gratuitous insult that yields no benefit beyond a feeling of superiority. (Picture book. 4-11)"
Saucy hilarity and clever visual characterization make this wide-audience treat delectable until the potentially off-putting final page. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fun for all. (Easy reader. 3-8)"
Seventeen extremely short stories to delight the pre-primer crowd and their younger sibs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GLASSES--WHO NEEDS 'EM? by Lane Smith
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"The real clincher is not the list but the glasses themselves: on the last spread, everything finally comes clear. The idea may be limited, but the accompanying illustrations are comical and composed with remarkable skill. Offbeat but fascinating. (Picture book. 3+)*justify no*"
In this visually sophisticated look at a boy who assertively debates with a doctor who points out that he needs glasses, the mildly witty text is secondary to a wonderful series of out-of- focus illustrations of various visages equipped with specs: not just Mom, Sis, inventors, and `' `monster-movie' stuntpeople,'' but pink elephants, planets, and potatoes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RETURN TO AUGIE HOBBLE by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Great fun, with hardly a trope or theme left unspun. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The award-bedizened illustrator offers up his first novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA GREEN by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Though this book has lots of adult appeal, it will also be a wonderful bridge to exploring family history with the very young. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An adoring great-grandson and a topiary garden tell the stories of one man's life. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY MOVES TO THE COUNTRY! by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"The language moves a little past the prequel's 'Dick and Jane' primer level, but the twists are still sudden, sardonic, and as diverting to children as they are to grown-ups. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Hockys get a taste (and a smell) of rural living in this belated sequel to Smith's deliciously post-modern primer, The Happy Hocky Family (1993). Read full book review >