Search Results: "Brian Burks"


BOOK REVIEW

SOLDIER BOY by Brian Burks
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1997

"It's a realistic ending, in a narrative not driven by realism; it may show how pointless war is, but it may also make readers feel as if they've been taken for a ride. (map, bibliography) (Fiction. 12+)"
Johnny ``The Kid'' McBane, forced to flee from his crooked bare-knuckle boxing promoter in Chicago, enlists in the cavalry by lying about his age. Read full book review >

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WALKS ALONE by Brian Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Since the story is wholly told through Walks Alone's perspective, the actions of others against her and her people are not only vicious, but utterly bewildering to her as well. (map, bibliography) (Fiction. 11-14)"
From Burks (Soldier Boy, 1997, etc.), a brutally effective portrayal of the realities of the destruction of Native American culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUNS WITH HORSES by Brian Burks
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Burks renders his first work for young adults in rugged prose, and his protagonist provides an admirable example of what the warrior ethos was all about. (map, bibliography) (Fiction. 12+)"
In 1886, a small band of Chiricahua Apaches, led by Geronimo, breaks out of the Fort Apache reservation and settles in Mexico's Sierra Madre, where they are safe from the US Army and free to raid the Mexicans for supplies and horses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WRANGO by Brian Burks
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A mean-spirited bigot, Charley, becomes abruptly faithful and kind after George saves his life, just one of the several instances in which the veracity in the setting and details is not matched by credible characters or plotting. (b&w photos, map, glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 11-13)"
From Burks (Walks Alone, 1998, etc.), the fact-based story of an ex-slave turned cowboy; the historical details are riveting but the characterizations and plotting are not. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN NINE by Craig L. DeLue
Released: Dec. 12, 2011

"DeLue proves to be a wizard of his craft as he builds Carpella into a world imbued with natural human emotion, savory plotlines, memorable characters, history-changing situations, a fight for freedom and everlasting glory in this epic page-turner."
In DeLue's debut, teenagers Brian Nine and Will Star are onboard a spaceship when a bolt of lightning causes an accidental launch and the subsequent discovery of a new, inhabited planet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN BORU by Morgan Llywelyn
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"A satisfying tale of majesty and magic. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 12+)"
Adapted from the author's bestselling adult title Lion of Ireland (1980), about the charismatic man who united the Irish under his rule in the tenth century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN JONES by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture."
A lively biography of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones, who was dethroned and died just as the band approached its artistic peak. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG BRAVE BRIAN by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"This fits well into the pantheon of scary stories for younger children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Big Brave Brian tackles common childhood fears: Something is under the bed or something is in the closet, for example. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN BANANA DUCK SUNSHINE YELLOW by Chris McKimmie
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"The hues aren't quite as vibrant as Chris Raschka's, but the sensibility is as authentically childlike. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this color-themed import from Australia, a lad sporting a tied-on duck's bill and a yellow cap describes the pleasures of going to (and getting lost in) the supermarket with his "Na-na," who calls him "Banana," taking a walk with his "Grumpy" and flying off in search of a giant yellow duck. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER LIFE OF BRIAN by Graham Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"As road trips go, nothing to write home about."
A misanthropic rock star on the back end of his career discovers that touring the world's backwaters isn't much fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM BRIAN WILSON by Brian Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"As a study in creativity, superb, though as memoir, partial and a touch reluctant. Whatever the case, essential for any Beach Boys fan."
Everyone's favorite musical mad scientist reveals a troubled yet hopeful life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN IN THREE SEASONS by Patricia Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Deftly done."
The neatly ordered days of a gay man in New York are disrupted by his irascible father's illness. Read full book review >