Search Results: "Brenda Seabrooke"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BRIDGES OF SUMMER by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Best of all, past and present mores are contrasted in an absorbing story where both are presented with acumen and sympathy. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A sophisticated young New Yorker returns unwillingly to her roots when her mother sends her for a summer with her grandmother Quanimina, who lives the traditional life of the Gullah off the Carolina coast. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING AT STRATTON FALLS by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Absorbing and entertaining. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A thoroughly satisfying ghost story with just the right amounts of scariness, suspense, and danger to keep even a reluctant reader interested. Read full book review >

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CEMETERY STREET by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2008

"Bucky's first dog meets a gruesome end and there are hints about Satanic involvement, but these elements clash with the apparent main plot of new-girl-moves-to-town-and-conquers-all-she-encounters-with-guts. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Arriving with their oft-wedded but currently single mom in Limbo Key, Fla., when their car dies, Courtney and little brother Bucky are not pleased with their rental on Cemetery Street. Read full book review >

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THE CARE AND FEEDING OF DRAGONS by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Alastair's problems are easily conjured and just as easily dispersed, making this suitable for the undemanding few who will devour any book on the topic of dragons. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In a sequel to The Dragon That Ate Summer (1992), Alastair's pet baby dragon, Spike, is the target of inept thieves who want to sell him to the Photon Institute for research. Read full book review >

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STONEWOLF by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"Some suspense and excitement, but super-child Nicholas is too unreal to carry this offering very far. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A starving orphan finds no relief when he's taken to a foreign castle in this awkwardly mysterious tale. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING OF SWAIN’S FANCY by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The ghostly drama's source in the Civil War lends the whole an historical frisson entirely appropriate to the setting. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A new family, an old war, and an older house provide the ingredients for this satisfyingly spooky ghost story. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON THAT ATE SUMMER by Brenda Seabrooke
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 1992

"Appealing fantasy in a briskly drawn realistic setting. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Alastair McKnight has just sabotaged his own summer plans by breaking his collarbone while careening along on a ``dog-powered skateboard train.'' Chafing at his confinement, he's delighted to find a tiny four-pound dragon, eating Mom's petunias. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE PEAR TREE by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Readers will love it; those seeking to unlock the secrets of the female heart will find some nuggets here. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Poetry. 10-15)"
In this sequel to Judy Scuppernong (1990), the language is simple in a narrative in free verse, but the emotions are genuine, powerful, and sweet. Read full book review >

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WOLF PIE by Brenda Seabrooke
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"Callen's humorous, vibrant multimedia art deftly matches the tone of Seabrooke's amusing tale, resulting in a winning collaboration for independent readers ready to move on to meatier texts. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Deviating from traditional retellings of "The Three Little Pigs," James, Marvin and Lester Pygg build one brick house together at the start of this lively, accessible fractured tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SWAN'S GIFT by Brenda Seabrooke
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A somewhat precious story but the pictures keep it afloat. (Picture book. 4+)"
Seabrooke (The Bridges of Summer, 1992, etc.) gives the narrative a formal tone in this sentimental tale about the farmer, Anton, who turns to hunting to provide for his starving family and can't find anything to shoot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"There is considerable controversy in the academic world as to whether Moore was actually the author of the famous poem, rendering the wisdom of this whole enterprise questionable. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Seabrooke presents a problematic fictionalized account of the circumstances in which Moore wrote the famous Christmas poem. Read full book review >