Search Results: "Ben H. Winters"


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UNDERGROUND AIRLINES by Ben H. Winters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Smart and well paced. The story could use a little fine-tuning, but it moves deftly from a terrific premise and builds to a satisfying conclusion."
Imagine: there was no Civil War, and the Confederacy has morphed into a low-tech Matrix. That's the territory that Winters (The Last Policeman, 2012, etc.) explores in this memorable tale. Read full book review >

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WORLD OF TROUBLE by Ben H. Winters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"This final installment in Winters' trilogy (Countdown City, 2013, etc.) is the weakest, marked by a falling off of both the writing and the story that made the first entry worthwhile. Perhaps the world lasted 14 days too long."
The end of the world won't stop the last policeman from solving one more case. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING EVERYTHING by Ben H. Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Fans will cheer more mystery and mayhem at Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Now an eighth grader, aspiring detective Bethesda Fielding reprises her semi-successful sleuthing in The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (2010) to tackle Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School's latest mystery. Read full book review >

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THE LAST POLICEMAN by Ben H. Winters
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 10, 2012

"A promising kickoff to a planned trilogy. For Winters (Bedbugs, 2011, etc.), the beauty is in the details rather than the plot's grim main thrust."
In a pre-apocalyptic world, one detective still keeps watch—but to what end? Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIFE OF MS. FINKLEMAN by Ben H. Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Readers will rock with laughter. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A seventh-grade history project to "find a mystery, and solve it" transforms a creative preteen and her classmates when she unlocks the secret life of their Music Fundamentals teacher, Ms. Finkleman, who's "so totally unremarkable as to be essentially invisible." Read full book review >

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COUNTDOWN CITY by Ben H. Winters
Released: July 16, 2013

"Some of the melancholy charm of the first in this series (The Last Policeman, 2012) is dissipated, for Hank solves a less inventive mystery set against, rather than fully integrated into, a hopeless backdrop."
As the world's inevitable demise draws near, a former cop refuses to shirk what he takes to be his moral responsibilities. Read full book review >

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LITERALLY DISTURBED by Ben H. Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"That said, the quality of the poetry is quite worthy of sharing around a campfire or at a slumber party; in the classroom, use it to demonstrate the wide range of forms creative verse can take. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Novelist Winters (The Mystery of the Missing Everything, 2011) applies his pen to create 30 rhyming, slightly shivery poems. Read full book review >

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5 MORE SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS JUMPING ON THE HOLLYWOOD ADAPTATION TRAIN
by John DeNardo

One of the great thrills of being a book lover is seeing your favorite book getting adapted for television and film. Hollywood routinely mines the pages of books for story ideas with increasing frequency. As well they should! The pages of science fiction books contain some of the most well-thought-out ideas of storytelling. Check out these books, which might be ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 1995

"Unfortunately, this is precisely the sort of stolid decency that makes for great obituaries but not great autobiographies."
A scattershot recounting of a life spent in journalism, as well as a critique of the way news is gathered and reported. Read full book review >

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ABE LINCOLN by Kay Winters
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Columba in The Man Who Loved Books (1981). (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
In a moving tribute to the power of books and words, Winters (But Mom, Everyone Else Does, p. 1239, etc.) introduces a young backwoods child who watched "peddlers, pioneers, / politicians, traders, slaves / pass by," down the old Cumberland Trail, until "his ideas stretched. / His questions rose. / His dreams were stirred"—and he was caught with a love of learning that carried him "from the wilderness / to the White House." Read full book review >

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WHOOO'S HAUNTING THE TEENY TINY GHOST? by Kay Winters
Released: Aug. 31, 1999

"Munsinger's merry illustrations, overflowing with many humorous touches, contribute to this gleefully boisterous tale. (Picture book. 3-8)"
PLB 0-06-027359-3 The timorous specter from this team's The Teeny Tiny Ghost (1998) reappears for a thrilling, hair-raising adventure. Read full book review >