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THE FAT ARTIST AND OTHER STORIES by Benjamin Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Hale's stories are wry rather than funny, often predictable rather than surprising—but the questions he raises are interesting all the same."
Five years after his debut novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (2011), Hale returns with a collection of seven short stories, none earthshaking but all evidence of a steadily growing professional talent. Read full book review >

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THE EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE by Benjamin Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2011

"A less splendid debut than the hype would suggest, but a book of considerable merit all the same—and of high entertainment value, too, as much fun as a barrel of monkeys."
So, a chimp walks into a bar… Read full book review >

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KICKING BUTTS AND EATING NUTS
by Leila Roy

“What if . . . what if you don’t just have a squirrel tail and front teeth, and are pretty strong? What if you actually have the proportional strength, speed, and agility of a squirrel? So if a squirrel can leap five times the length of its own body, let’s say, then you should be able to leap five times the length of ...


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DANGER IS HER MIDDLE NAME (NO, REALLY)
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Dangerous by Shannon Hale

 

Cover Story: Cryptic Hieroglyphic
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: Roller Coaster
Bonus Factors:
 Space Camp, Diversity, Dorky Dad, Surprises
Relationship Status: Second-Tier Friend

Cover Story: Cryptic Hieroglyphic

This cover is perfectly respectable for readers who are a little less Y and a little more A, even if it ...


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SUSAN SONTAG
by Michael Valinsky

In her new short story collection, Debriefing, Susan Sontag showcases her incredible skill at drawing readers in through jarring narrative gestures, confusing character arcs, and an unremittingly flirtatious tendency to poke fun at the possibilities of the imagination. “As a young writer Sontag wasn’t interested in the more conventional kind of fiction that was based in scene-making. She was after ...


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SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite a rough start, Doreen's story offers a heroine it's easy to go nuts over. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade origin story for Squirrel Girl, one of Marvel Comics' wackiest superheroes. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF THE WERE-HYENA by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A series kickoff with a promising mix of chills and chortles. (Light horror. 8-10)"
Monterrosa seems like an ordinary small town—until a resident is bitten by a strange-looking dog one night while taking a stroll past the graveyard. Read full book review >

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YELLOWBELLY AND PLUM GO TO SCHOOL by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp1998. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Hale makes a common premise uncommonly appealing with illustrations that feature a gloriously multi-species cast. Read full book review >

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THE HAMSTER OF THE BASKERVILLES by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Clever, good fun. (Fiction. 9-11)"
For a box of jelly doughnuts and two Get-Out-of-Detention-Free cards, fourth-grade gumshoe Chet Gecko takes on his most baffling case yet: someone—or something—is trashing the classrooms of Emerson Hicky Elementary, leaving huge footprints, claw marks on the walls, and an aroma of peanut butter. Read full book review >

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TREATIES, TRENCHES, MUD AND BLOOD by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A neatly coherent account with tweaks that allow readers some emotional distance—but not enough to shrug off the war's devastating cost and world-changing effects. (bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 11-13)"
In the latest of his Hazardous Tales (One Dead Spy, 2012, etc.), Hale recaps World War I with an all-animal cast. Read full book review >

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ONE DEAD SPY by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"An innovative approach to history that will have young people reading with pleasure. (Graphic historical fiction. 8-12)"
Nathan Hale, the famous spy of the American Revolution, tells his own story in this graphic-novel treatment of history. Read full book review >

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THIS GUM FOR HIRE by Bruce Hale
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"From title to tailpiece—a view of Chet as the charging figure atop the 'Weisenheimer Trophy'—this eye-rolling escapade will give the redoubtable reptile's growing legion of fans yet more reason to cheer and chortle. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Fourth-grade gumshoe Chet Gecko checks in for his sixth pun-ishing caper. Read full book review >