Search Results: "Barry Hoffman"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 15, 2011

"A promising beginning, but readers will have to wait for the next volume of the Shamra Chronicles to see if that promise is fulfilled."
Dara has always been an outsider among the peaceable Shamra, but when her people are enslaved by the Trocs and their predatory Shriek birds, only she can lead the Resistance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 15, 2011

"Hoffman has brought to life a huge world worth exploring for young girls in search of exciting stories about female empowerment."
Having saved her people from enslavement, Dara must now save the world from the forces of Chaos in the concluding chapter of the Shamra Chronicles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 10, 2010

"Strong messages about female empowerment permeate an inventive fantasy waiting for its conclusion."
In the second volume of the Shamra trilogy, Dara must learn who she is and where her people came from if she plans to confront the Chaos that threatens her people. Read full book review >

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BARRY LYGA
by Megan Labrise

What’s Barry Lyga’s secret to writing books teen readers love?

“I don’t write for teens,” says the New York Times bestselling author of I Hunt Killers. “That’s my secret—I write about teens.

“I’m aware that my books are published as YA,” he continues, “and I love that, and there’s a magic to having teenagers tell you a book ...


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BOOK REVIEW

STRAVAGANZA by Mary Hoffman
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2005

"Bonus: Fans should flock to the history section to investigate the fascinating setting. (Fantasy. 11+)"
A crackerjack conclusion to a superior historical fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRAVAGANZA by Mary Hoffman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The tidy resolution seems to leave little room for sequels; still, some intriguing minor characters and glimpses of other cities hint at a richer world than so far revealed. (Fantasy. 11+)"
Political intrigue unfolds against the glittering backdrop of an alternative Venice, in the first of a promised trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD THORN by William Hoffman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"A bit heavy on the backwoods caricatures, but a good read all the same: fast, and as fresh and unvarnished as a newly whittled stick."
Hoffman's latest excursion into the backwoods of Appalachia (Blood and Guile, 2000, etc.) continues the adventures of Charley LeBlanc, black sheep of a First Family of Virginia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIES by William Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Hoffman conveys the stink of poverty and the shame it can cause, but not much else."
Scenes from a dirt-poor childhood in Depression-era Virginia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RIVER KING by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2000

"A host of complex, well-drawn characters and a strong story make up for a slight tendency to overdo the magic realism in a novel sure to please Hoffman's many fans."
Hoffman, a gifted writer who's been treading water lately (Local Girls, 1997, etc.), is in much better form with this compelling portrait of class tensions and personal longings in the small-town Massachusetts. Read full book review >

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HALF THE HOUSE by Richard Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"But the timing and self-serving nature of the confrontation with his father seems merely cruel and has all the logic and cathartic profundity of a 10-minute segment with Oprah or Geraldo."
This memoir is most effective when it recounts the horrors of a childhood of fear, sexual abuse, and the illness and death of siblings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A remarkable book. (One map)"
In a superb successor to her impressive personal memoir, Lost in Translation (1988), Hoffman chronicles two trips taken a year apart to de-Sovietized East Europe—touring her native Poland, as well as Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"While Hoffman doesn't capture the full spectrum of his subject's achievements and disasters, he does convincingly picture Samuel Clemens's personality: a character interesting not least for his powerful ambivalence towards his astoundingly successful public alter ego."
This brisk double profile ably traces the career of America's greatest literary celebrity, ark Twain, while drawing a full portrait of his progenitor, Samuel Clemens. Read full book review >