Search Results: "Brad Strickland"


BOOK REVIEW

GRIMOIRE by Brad Strickland
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Good start. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Set around—or, rather, within—the pages of a powerful collection of spells, this suspenseful series opener traps the untrained scion of a magical family in a dismal alternate London, where numerous dangers await. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"There are enough well-placed frissons to keep readers flipping those pages, even those who know that, in keeping with series formula, all nefarious plans will be nixed. (Fiction. 10+)"
At first, Johnny's most serious problems are right out of the textbook for the budding adolescent: How will he survive the summer without his friend Fergie (he makes a new sandlot pal, Sarah Channing), and what will rescue him from boredom (a job Professor Childermass finds him at the town's Gudge Museum). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A serviceable continuation to a still-promising series. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Following Grimoire: Curse of the Midions (2006), episode two is one long chase sequence as young Jarvey Midion and his capable friend Lucy Dare search for his kidnapped parents through more worlds created by his ancestors within the pages of a magic tome. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TOWER AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Brad Strickland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"For fans of Bellairs hungry for another dose of his spellbinding mystery, this will serve to deaden the thirst, but not quench it. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In comparison to the original, this addition to the series begun with John Bellairs's The House with a Clock in Its Walls (1984) falls short. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN MACK CAME BACK by Brad Strickland
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2000

"Readers who believe in the mystical bond that can exist between people and animals will cheer Mack on as he slowly and quietly helps heal the emotional pain of the Painter family members. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this heart-tugging period piece about a poor but proud farming family, Strickland (The Specter From the Magician's Museum, not reviewed, etc.) invites readers into the world of backcountry Georgia at the time of WWII. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GHOST IN THE MIRROR by John Bellairs
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Still more stories are to come. (Fiction. 10-12)"
It seems only appropriate that death has not brought an end to Bellairs's career; and, happily, this posthumous collaboration has less of a thrown-together feel than his last few books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERIAN C. COOPER’S KING KONG by Joe Devito
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"In terms of pushing the story along and getting Kong atop the Empire State Building, DeVito and Strickland get the job done. But whether today's readers will appreciate their faithful effort is another question."
A just-passable pulpy novel based on Meriam C. Cooper's tale King Kong, immortalized in a 1933 film, from DeVito and Strickland (Kong: King of Skull Island, 2004). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Formulaic but effective. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Johnny Dixon and curmudgeonly — extra-curmudgeonly in this outing — Professor Childermass battle a voodoo priestess and her grandson for control of a powerful drum, in this, the third posthumous Bellairs adventure seamlessly "completed" by Strickland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Formulaic, but satisfyingly hair-raising. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A second posthumous Bellairs adventure (see Ghost in the Mirror, p. 296), again seamlessly completed by the author of Dragon's Plunder (1992) and other fantasies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KONG by Joe Devito
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 4, 2012

"A pulp-tastic production, though the abrupt cutoff won't make the creators any friends. (iPad e-book app. 11-13)"
Positively awash in high melodrama, this digital version of an "authorized" sequel takes readers back to Skull Island for a flashback to Kong's early years. Read full book review >