Search Results: "Brandon Dorman"


BOOK REVIEW

PIRATES OF THE SEA! by Brandon Dorman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"As pirate fare goes, this is far from the only ship on the sea, but it does sail along smartly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pirate yarn sails familiar territory in satisfyingly rollicking fashion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALIEN THAT ATE MY SOCKS by Brandon Dorman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Proof that there is such a thing as too silly. (Science fiction. 8 -11)"
The Hooligan brothers' go-cart race takes an unexpected turn when a sock-eating, foul-smelling, giant purple alien enlists their help completing his extraterrestrial merit badges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAGONWATCH by Brandon Mull
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 14, 2017

"Fans of the series will welcome a new story arc stocked with familiar characters, settings, and adventures. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
After narrowly averting a demon apocalypse in the previous series, Fablehaven sibs Seth and Kendra face a new threat to the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CURVY TREE by Chris Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Pure corn syrup. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child with ostracism issues finds a timber tutor in this illustrated spinoff from the Land of Stories series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRASSHOPPER MAGIC by Lynne Jonell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"With Celia, Derek and Abner all having played starring roles in the series, fans will be eager for Tate's turn. (Magical adventure. 6-9)"
Hollowstone Hill's magic (Lawn Mower Magic, 2012, etc.) returns in grasshoppers that, when fried and eaten, give Abner Willow an unexpected bounce. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Celtic polytheism, Christian monotheism, and scientific rationalism, all tied neatly together into an Irish arabesque."
A natty physical and spiritual geography of Ireland's holy Mount Brandon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOSHUA DREAD by Lee  Bacon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A twisty, swiftly moving adventure sure to please superhero fans. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
"It's embarrassing to run into your parents when you're with people from school, especially when your parents are about to destroy the planet." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SLIPPERY MAP by N.E. Bode
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Inventive and an awful lot of fun, 'it's all as real as you want it to be,' and it will surely be a catalyst for creative thinking. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author of The Anybodies series invites readers to use their imaginations and join ten-year-old Oyster R. Motel on a curious quest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THICKER THAN WATER by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Joyless, juiceless, predictable. (Thriller. 11-13)"
Internal dissension, security leaks and attacks from a much larger rival add up to disaster for the orphanage-cum-spy school introduced in Playing with Fire (2013). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOSHUA DREAD by Lee  Bacon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A superpowered thumbs up. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When the substitute librarian tries to kill you on the last day of school, it doesn't bode well for summer break. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAYING WITH FIRE by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"This lightweight kid-spy romp should find some eager readers. (Adventure. 11-13)"
Thirteen-year-old fosterling Max Segredo knows he's just one stop away from juvie. Luckily, that stop turns out to be the Merry Sunshine Orphanage, where the third floor is off-limits due to a secret science project, and the house rules include "No unsupervised gunplay." Read full book review >