Search Results: "Avi"


BOOK REVIEW

CATCH YOU LATER, TRAITOR by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"A thought-provoking story about suspicion, trust and a memorable pennant race from a one-time Brooklyn boy. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
How does loyalty to country, to family and to the local baseball team define one's life? Read full book review >

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THE SEER OF SHADOWS by Avi
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"This tale proves that the time-honored ghost story, capably researched, well-paced and fusing the Gothic elements of mystery, madness and romance, can still thrill in the hands of a skilled craftsman. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 1870s New York, at the intersection of scientific advances in photography and post-Civil War superstition, sentimentality and mourning, Horace's father apprentices him to a spirit photographer. Read full book review >

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CRISPIN by Avi
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Super storytelling. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
An orphan boy continues searching for freedom amid the social and political chaos of 14th-century England in this swiftly paced sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2004). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"But the conclusion, including the apprentice's disturbing end and Thorston's cinematic comeuppance, seems thin and foregone—what seemed at first like gold is more like sand. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Avi's fable (as the subtitle and an author's note would have it) is an uneasy amalgam of medieval alchemy, Northumbrian magic and saint lore from the early northern Church that never quite achieves solidity. Read full book review >

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WOLF RIDER by Avi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 1986

This gripping psycho-mystery ends with several plot threads left unresolved, but it should have wide appeal, especially among reluctant readers. Read full book review >

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'WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN, ANYWAY?' by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Avi's 1992 Newbery honor book): an entertaining farce; an outspoken satire on the mesmerizing effects of the media; and a thought-provoking contrast between the heroic fantasies of a boy deprived of his busy parents' attention and the horrors of real war. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Gorged on an excess of radio drama, "Chet Barker, Master Spy" (a.k.a. sixth-grader Frankie Wattleston) drags "Skipper O'Malley" (Mario Calvino), his "faithful but brilliant sidekick," into a series of hilarious misadventures. Read full book review >

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RAGWEED by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1999

Avi (see review, above) elaborates on the "city mouse, country mouse" theme in this rousing prequel to Poppy (1995), starring Poppy's ill-fated beau. Read full book review >

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING by Avi
Released: April 26, 2016

"What Oedipus didn't know about the intricacies of father/son kinship could fill a book—and has. (Short stories. 10 & up)"
Multiaward-winning author Avi asks as an epigraph, "What's the most important thing you can do for your son?" Read full book review >

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PERLOO THE BOLD by Avi
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Perhaps inevitably, there are plenty of loose ends to tie up in a sequel."
Fans of Brian Jacques's Redwall doorstoppers will hear echoes in this animal fantasy, although Avi (Poppy and Rye, p. 808, etc.) not only has the vegetarians attacking the carnivores, but throws in other clever twists too. Read full book review >

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MAN WHO WAS POE by Avi
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Though Poe himself is thinly drawn here, the period detail is somewhat better, and the mystery plot, while not fresh, will satisfy and (with luck) may draw readers into Poe's own tales."
An amusing adventure that suggests a Poe-style mystery of deduction, featuring Poe himself; as in Poe's stories, the reader deduces very little. Read full book review >

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THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE by Avi
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"Tautly plotted, vividly narrated, carefully researched: a thrilling tale deepened by its sober look at attitudes that may have been more exaggerated in the past but that still persist."
Returning from Britain in 1832 to her family in Rhode Island, 13-year-old Charlotte tangles with a tyrannical sea captain and his mutinous crew. Read full book review >

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NIGHT JOURNEYS by Avi
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1979

"Worthy, then, but vacuum-packed."
An efficiently worked-out object lesson, communicated in Colonial-ese. Read full book review >