Search Results: "Avi Slodovnick"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TOOTH by Avi Slodovnick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"For the older, potentially pensive reader or listener. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In this strange, somber little story, readers meet Marissa, who has a toothache from eating too much candy. Read full book review >

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CRISPIN: THE END OF TIME by Avi
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Thrilling and beautifully wrought. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Avi guides his hero toward a final, very satisfying destiny in this wonderfully realized conclusion to the Crispin trilogy. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The bibliography is limited, but readers may find themselves so absorbed in Tom's exciting narrative that they will seek out for themselves other good works on the Civil War. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Confederacy has built a monster ship to break the Union's blockade of the Atlantic coast, and 13-year-old Tom Carroll has a new job at Rowland's Continental Iron Works in Brooklyn helping to build its opponent. Read full book review >

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NEVER MIND! by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"It's a real collaboration; the alternating voices of their characters ring true, and the narrative is seamless. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Avi and Vail pair up in this often hilarious and sometimes poignant comedy of errors starring 12-year-old dueling fraternal twins. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET SCHOOL by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"This isn't heavy stuff, but it gives a glimpse into a past where, although the form of education may have been very different from today's, the problems facing the schools and students will be all too familiar to modern readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A strong-willed young woman pursues her educational dreams in this Andy Hardy-esque tale of a rural school in peril, circa 1925. Read full book review >

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NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Avi
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Wryly satirical: nothing but the deplorable truth about our increasingly inarticulate, media-driven society. (Fiction. 11+)"
Ninth-grader Philip has never been in trouble, but he's upset because his English grade is keeping him off the track team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE HERON by Avi
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A thoughtful, beautifully crafted story. (Fiction. 11+)"
A versatile author whose popular books include rousing historical adventures (The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, 1990, Newbery Honor) and sparkling satire (Nothing But the Truth, 1991) portrays a contemporary family under unusual stress. Read full book review >

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WINDCATCHER by Avi
FICTION
Released: March 29, 1991

"Lighter fare than The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1990, Newbery Honor Book); still, fine, low-violence mystery."
A contrived but exciting adventure in which a summer vacation on the Connecticut coast becomes a hunt for sunken treasure. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD DOG by Avi
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Almost wholly absent from the story is a real exploration of the mutual affection that underlies the human-dog relationship; without this, McKinley's decision to stay with his humans rather than follow Lupin is an intellectual, and ultimately unsatisfying, one. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When the wild calls, will this good dog answer? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEYOND THE WESTERN SEA by Avi
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Many plot threads are left a- dangle; Avi (Poppy, 1995, etc.) promises a sequel but few readers will be chewing their nails waiting for it. (Fiction. 11-13)"
From an author who's made a career of experimenting with different narrative structures comes this first sprawling tale in The Escape From Home books; it's done as a Victorian serial novel with a huge cast, and a multiplicity of short chapters setting out an episodic plot replete with chance meetings, narrow escapes, and dismaying revelations. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL OF THE DEAD by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2016

"Don't read this one in a dark and haunted school. (Horror. 10-14)"
In order to fulfill his dead great-uncle's wish, seventh-grader Tony begins attending the spooky, rambling, and possibly haunted Penda School. Read full book review >