Search Results: "Ann Chamberlin"


BOOK REVIEW

The Book of Wizzy by Ann Chamberlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2016

"A thrilling religious murder mystery that affirms conservative LDS values."
Chamberlin (The Valkyries Book 1: Choosers of the Slain, 2014, etc.) departs from her usual historical fiction to offer a twin tale of murder and the Mormon faith set at a Utah ski resort. Read full book review >

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CHOOSERS OF THE SLAIN by Ann Chamberlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2014

"An action-packed but troubled weaving of historical fiction and fantasy that labors under the burdens of the points it tries to make."
Chamberlin's (The Sword and the Well, 2014, etc.) first book in a new historical series follows a warrior woman's search for honor and identity. Read full book review >

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The Sword and the Well by Ann Chamberlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"At times lyrical, at times puzzling and frustratingly opaque, and at times as dry as desert dust, this novel is nevertheless worth the trek for those interested in Middle Eastern history."
Chamberlin (The Sword of God, 2012, etc.) delivers the last volume in her trilogy of historical novels tracking the tumultuous lives of three main characters and a cast of thousands as Muhammad's folowers spread his religion before and after his death. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Superior blend of gutsy action and dreamy magic in a well-wrought, darkly sinister medieval setting."
Chamberlin's provocative, 15th-century fantasy series continues, with just enough sex, sorcery, and brutally realistic swordplay for the young Jehannette d' Arc to emerge as the powerful culmination of all three. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN AT THE WELL by Ann Chamberlin
Released: July 31, 2011

"Impeccable research and haunting, poetic language create a lush tale to be lingered over and savored."
Chamberlin (Gloria, 2005, etc.) breathes life into the ancient Arabic world in this epic historical novel of one girl's tumultuous search to discover her past. Read full book review >

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The Sword of God by Ann Chamberlin
Released: Oct. 3, 2012

"An intriguing but often tough trek through another place and time."
Muslims contend with pagans in this historical novel of ancient Arabia. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Persuasive fantasy elements are seamlessly integrated into a richly detailed historical backdrop: a compelling series opener."
First historical fantasy from Chamberlin (The Sultan's Daughter, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"With a recipe for spicy pancakes, information about local animals and village life in Kenya, some general facts and a map, this story will be a welcome addition to a school unit as well as traditional storytime. (Picture book. 6-8)"
There is a timeless quality to this contemporary story about a Kenyan boy and his mother stretching their food to feed all their friends. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"A slim book that takes readers on a mind-expanding journey."
A delightful, enlightening book that employs islands as jumping-off points for essays on a wide range of topics from A(nthropology) to Z(oology). Read full book review >

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HOW TO DIE OF EMBARRASSMENT EVERY DAY by Ann Hodgman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 10, 2011

"Rueful, funny and nostalgic, this will ring true to parents and grandparents and may be even more appealing to them than to a child readership—whose impression of the 1960s will be very different. (Memoir. 9-12)"
Hodgman looks back humorously at her 1960s childhood in the Rochester, N.Y., area, recalling incidents that pained her at the time or seem embarrassing in retrospect. Read full book review >

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FLYAWAY GIRL by Ann Grifalconi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, Grifalconi's imaginative approach makes for a striking, if not wholly effective, offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An artist with several fine books set in Africa to her credit (The Village of Round and Square Houses, 1986, Caldecott Honor) experiments with collages of photographic images (from the National Geographic and similar sources) of people, artifacts, etc., sometimes reversed or with their colors exaggerated, to create what she terms "magical realism." Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTUROUS CHEF: ALEXIS SOYER by Ann Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2002

"The excitement of food and food preparation set in a historical context radiates from every page; middle-grade readers and those ready for a biography of a totally unique individual, irreplaceable by all accounts, will be fascinated. (Biography. 8-12)"
The illustrator of the splendid Fanny at Chez Panisse (1997) offers a fascinating pictorial biography of an engaging personality, the French chef Alexis Soyer. Read full book review >