Search Results: "Brendan Pittaway"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

The Nazis' plunder of Europe's art treasures lacks the horror of their mass murders, but it was a terrible crime whose damage persists. Historian Harclerode (Arnhem: A Tragedy of Errors, not reviewed) and BBC News journalist Pittaway spent seven years researching this dismal affair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRENDAN PRAIRIE by Dan O’Brien
Released: May 6, 1996

"This tale's first-rate location details and good intentions, unfortunately, aren't enough to overcome an uneven plot burdened by schmaltz, too many particulars on falcon-training, and serious problems too readily overcome."
South Dakota biologist O'Brien (The Spirit of the Hills, 1988, etc.) continues to write well about what he knows best—the places and people of the Black Hills—but still struggles to surmount the melodramatic clichÇs that have plagued his fiction. Read full book review >

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BRENDAN WOLF by Brian Malloy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2007

"Malloy (The Year of Ice, 2002) fails to bestow upon his character one bit of self-knowledge, and that's the most dispiriting thing of all."
A lifelong loser finds new ways to screw up in Malloy's depressing second novel. Read full book review >

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FINDING BRENDAN by Philip F. O'Conner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"O'Conner's third may have its heart in the right place, but readers will grow out of patience with its mushiness."
A thesis novel is wrecked by the author's sentimentality and by excessive zeal in trying to show that the retarded are almost always better off outside institutions. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Events may be less dramatic than realistically nuanced, and pacing is relaxed, but appealing Brendan should keep readers fully engaged. (science notes on biomass, anoles) (Fiction. 9-12)"
A few months older and proud owner of Einstein, a small, green anole, the eponymous budding scientist of Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It, winner of the 2007 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, returns to grapple with new challenges in this likable sequel. Read full book review >

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BRENDAN THE NAVIGATOR by Jean Fritz
FICTION
Released: May 29, 1979

"Her jaunty tone is a shade forced at first when she is treating Ireland's love for stories and enthusiasm for the new religion of Christianity, but Brendan's story itself, with all its fabrications and uncertainties, is a natural for her characteristic informal approach, which hinges on not taking her material too seriously."
Fritz incorporates legend, speculation, and likely fact into her story of St. Read full book review >

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KISSING BRENDAN CALLAHAN by Susan Amessé
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"When Sarah turns to her mother for help, they find mutual respect as mother and daughter—and as writers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Aspiring writers, first kisses and mother-daughter conflicts are standard fare in teen novels. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"A good, accessible selection to inspire discussion of racism and prejudice. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ten-year-old Brendan Buckley, future scientist, expects to have a busy summer, between practicing Tai Kwon Do, spending time with his parents and paternal grandmother and writing in the notebook he fills with all of his questions and their answers. Read full book review >

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BRENDAN AND BELINDA AND THE SLAM DUNK! by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"The facile resolution and meaningless title don't diminish the importance of the message, and Meisel's wide-eyed animal people are as engagingly fun as ever. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Twins Brendan and Belinda Porker like basketball, but their father loves it. Read full book review >

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NEMESIS by Brendan Reichs
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 21, 2017

"Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel. (Thriller. 12-16)"
Reichs follows up his Virals series (co-written with his mother, Kathy Reichs) with a new series about imminent human extinction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LONGEST AFTERNOON by Brendan Simms
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Since literacy was common even among enlisted men, Simms takes advantage of abundant letters and memoirs to deliver an engrossing, often gruesome nuts-and-bolts description of that afternoon."
A slim but gripping account of the bloody, heroic defense of La Haye Sainte, a farmhouse that Napoleon had to capture to reach the Duke of Wellington's army. Read full book review >

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HOW YA LIKE ME NOW by Brendan Halpin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 8, 2007

"An interesting exploration of serious issues, presented in a lighthearted tone. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Fifteen-year-old Eddie's mother is forced into rehab and his father has died, leaving the young man adrift without adult support. Read full book review >