Search Results: "Brad Matsen"


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JACQUES COUSTEAU by Brad Matsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2009

"Well short of definitive, but an entertaining summary of Cousteau's life and career."
A warm biography of one of the icons of the environmental movement. Read full book review >

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DESCENT by Brad Matsen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2005

"Beebe is still somewhat known today, however, while Barton is not. Matsen gives him overdue recognition, even as he offers a cautionary tale about the price of fame."
For true-adventure buffs: an engrossing tale of brains, careerism, and clashing egos on the high seas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Wholly engrossing narrative of a crowning example of catastrophic hubris."
Matsen (Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, 2005, etc.) provides an intriguing postmortem of design-safety compromises on the "Ship of Dreams." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A searing indictment of human greed mixed with memorable sagas of death and survival."
A detailed, up-close account of a 1988 oil-rig explosion in the North Sea off the coast pf Scotland coast that killed more than 150 men. Read full book review >

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GO WILD IN NEW YORK CITY! by Brad Matsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Capped by a terrific resource list, this is going to be opening eyes and minds far beyond the borders of the Big Apple. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Young folk, urbanites or otherwise, who think that the Big City's all concrete and honking horns will think differently after this breezy, exuberantly illustrated tour squired by Skippy, an Eastern Gray Squirrel with a taste for bagels. Read full book review >

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RAPTORS, FOSSILS, FINS & FANGS by Ray Troll
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 1996

"Clues from skeletons, shapes, and fossils provide inspiration for the largely fanciful illustrations presented in neon pastel drawings with appropriately eerie, cave-like lighting, and a disclaimer about licenses Troll took when grouping species. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7+)"
Subtitled ``A Prehistoric Creature Feature,'' this book explains that it all began in the ocean. Read full book review >

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AESOP’S FABLES by Brad Sneed
adapted by Brad Sneed, illustrated by Brad Sneed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Aesops abound, but few present the Lessons with such pervasive lightheartedness—and Sneed keeps any violence in the tales far-offstage. (Folktales. 6-8)"
A wordless rendition of "The Tortoise and the Hare" on covers, endpapers, and title spread surrounds 15 more retold fables, with morals appended. Read full book review >

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THUMBELINA by Brad Sneed
adapted by Brad Sneed, illustrated by Brad Sneed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Not perfect, but collections in need of more Anderson will welcome this. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In a new retelling of Anderson's tale of a tiny girl traded from frog to bug to rodent, adaptor and illustrator Sneed creates a lush, Lilliputian world of jewel-eyed insects and gargantuan flowers. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Good character development and plenty of momentum make this an enjoyable read, but there is clearly a lot more story ahead—this installment ends not with a cliffhanger but an anticipation of action yet to come. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Asteria Locke is the only survivor of a Raider attack against her father's farm. Read full book review >

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OUR SECRET, SIRI AANG by Brad Kessler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"In her fierce loyalty to the rhinos, Namelok risks close family relationships and her own life in this often belabored but still powerful coming-of-age story. (Fiction. YA)"
One morning in Kenya, a 12-year-old Maasai girl named Namelok and a black rhino mother make a silent agreement—that the rhino's brand-new baby will be named Siri Aang (Our Secret) and that Namelok will always protect her from poachers. Read full book review >

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HEARTS OF STONE by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Smith's unsparing depiction of a small-town justice system that depends on 'everybody's ratting everybody out' works against mystery and suspense but allows a sense of monstrous injustice to fester till it's ready to explode."
An Ontario felon-turned-farmer seeks justice against the petty criminals who casually destroyed his household. Read full book review >