Search Results: "Anne Fine"


BOOK REVIEW

FROZEN BILLY by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Jolly good. (Fiction. 8-12)"
While Clarrie and Will's father is in Australia trying to earn enough to send for the family and their mother is in prison in Ireland, wrongly accused of stealing a basket of food, they are in the care of their uncle Len, who is drinking and gambling away the money he earns as a ventriloquist. Read full book review >

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BAD DREAMS by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"As in The Tulip Touch (1997), Fine has placed two young people with unusually complex motives and characters into a challenging, sometimes scary situation: readers will not be putting this one down until the last page. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The air of strangeness hanging about a new classmate turns out to have just cause in this tale of a bookworm and a child cursed with a unique kind of second sight. Read full book review >

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THE TULIP TOUCH by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A moving, complex story. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The author of Alias Madame Doubtfire (1987) and, more recently, Step by Wicked Step (1996) mines a darker vein with this study in malevolence. Read full book review >

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UP ON CLOUD NINE by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2002

"It's a triumphant portrait of a young person marching to a beat all his own—but not marching alone. (Fiction. 11-13)"
England's Children's Laureate (Bad Dreams, 2000, etc.) again exercises her unsurpassed gift for memorable, complex character studies. Read full book review >

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STEP BY WICKED STEP by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Fine doesn't conceal her agenda or create much of a plot, but gives her characters distinct voices and attitudes and helps readers understand that wounds do heal, if allowed to. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A sleepover in a reputedly haunted house becomes a night of revelations and storytelling for five classmates in this lightly therapeutic tale. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF THE BANSHEE by Anne Fine
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A winner: wise, witty, and right on target. (Fiction. 12+)"
Fine has a unique gift for presenting serious topics in stories leavened with circumstances and dialogue made hilarious not so much because they're exaggerated as because they're all too believable. Read full book review >

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FINE, FINE, FINE, FINE, FINE by Diane Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Not everyone's cup of tea to be sure, but a pleasing foray in short-short fiction."
Centrifugal stories, supershort and superpithy, by avant-gardist Williams. Read full book review >

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BLOOD FAMILY by Anne Fine
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 21, 2017

"A powerhouse of a story about a boy who survives. (Fiction. 14-18)"
By the time he's 7, Eddie and his mother have been locked in an apartment in the north of England by abusive drunk Bryce Harris for four years. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD OF BONES by Anne Fine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 8, 2008

"A dark, intelligent novel for older readers. (author's note) (Fiction. 12+)"
In a "sort-of Russia, in a sort-of 1930s, under a Stalin-type leader," young Yuri casually criticizes his government and must immediately flee to the countryside, beginning a dark journey across a broken land. Read full book review >

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THE TRUE STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"This hilarious saga is full of irreverent humor and truly original characters unlike those in any other Christmas story, a fine change from overly sweet Christmas treats. (Fiction. 9-13)"
England's Children's Laureate lets out all the stops in this no-holds-barred look at a Christmas celebration in an English family full of eccentric relatives, including spoiled little cousins and a great-aunt who thinks she sees the vicar floating past the window. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF THE KILLER CAT by Anne Fine
ANIMALS
Released: April 12, 2007

"Some Briticisms might need explaining, but Tuffy's gently snarky, self-centered narration will easily win him new fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When his family leaves on vacation, Tuffy, the feline of the title, finds himself left with the Vicar. Read full book review >

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FLOUR BABIES by Anne Fine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1994

"A wry and warming look at a boy's inner musings; readers may be surprised to find the lug Simon inspiring in them an affection much like the one he has for his flour baby. (Fiction. 11+)"
Simon Martin, troublemaker and shambling hero to his school's unruliest element, has visions of a massive explosion of flour in a classroom—an idea so persuasive that, put to his mates, it causes them to take part in a baby-care experiment that involves treating sacks of flour as infants. Read full book review >