Search Results: "C.J. Farley"


BOOK REVIEW

GAME WORLD by C.J. Farley
by C.J. Farley, illustrated by Yongjin Im
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Exhilarating, thought-provoking and one of a kind. (glossary, bibliography) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Drawn from both video gaming culture and the rich tapestry of Jamaican myth and folklore, blending pointed social satire and mystical philosophy, this exuberant, original hero's journey is a real trip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Packaged to recall other diary tales of middle school (faux-spiral binding, scratchy, faux-handprinted type—often hard to read—and roughly drawn illustrations), this take on the rotten inner life of a true bully is a mixed bag. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Combine Roald Dahl's Twits and other villains, mix with the first-person-journaling trope and the comedic result might look something like this. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CYBER BULLY by Farley Katz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"It's a slog to the dubiously upbeat resolution (Niko realizing where salvation lies on the one hand and vowing a bullying comeback on the other), but that could be because, like Niko, his journal isn't sure just what it wants to be. (Fiction. 12-14)"
More unredeemed middle school monkeyshines and satire from the bully's point of view in an occasionally humorous sequel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECRET TREE FORT by Brianne Farley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Like a beloved box rattling with tiny, precious, ferreted things, this delightful picture book holds small, wonderfully specific insights into childhood imaginings, feelings, and frustrations. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little sister's entreaties to come play go unheard by her bookworm big sister, so she conjures a tree fort sure to get her attention. Read full book review >

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IKE'S INCREDIBLE INK by Brianne Farley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A realistically comical look at artistic process disguised as merry procrastination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The long and winding—and funny and diverting—road to creative endeavor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 2009

"Genre-bending at its best."
In a lively blend of religious history, humor and quirky travel narrative, accomplished travel writer Farley (Writing/New York Univ.) chronicles his capricious journey to a tiny medieval Italian village in search of a controversial relic—the foreskin of Jesus Christ. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BORN NAKED by Farley Mowat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 1994

"Born Naked is, like Bunje, wide-eyed and bouncy with the basic joy of being conscious."
This spirited memoir of a Canadian childhood by the great nature writer (Never Cry Wolf—not reviewed) is a prequel to My Father's Son and gives the boy's version of the years given a dog's-eye view in The Dog Who Wouldn't Be. Read full book review >

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MY FATHER'S SON by Farley Mowat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"Not a classic—Mowat's talent hadn't yet matured, and Angus wasn't of Farley's stature as a writer—but a bracing reminder of what really matters."
A one-of-a-kind book, and with a misleading authorship—for this is actually a collection of correspondence between Mowat, one of Canada's most popular and cantakerous writers, and his novelist-librarian father during the harrowing World War II years of 1942-45. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIGH LATITUDES by Farley Mowat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"A fine slice out of Mowat time, along with the sound of voices so remote that they take your breath away and rouse your instinct to wonder—just as Mowat wished."
A 1966 journey across northern Canada, much of it above the Arctic Circle. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK STALLION AND THE LOST CITY by Steven Farley
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 2011

"Readers are better off sticking to the originals. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The Black Stallion battles flesh-eating mares in this strange, off-putting addition to the late Walter Farley's series, written by his son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO MAN’S RIVER by Farley Mowat
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A superior example of Mowat's chronicling powers, illuminating a grand Canadian region that was about to change forever."
Master wilderness storyteller Mowat (High Latitudes, 2003, etc.) spins a rousing tale of travels through the Canadian Far North during 1947, darkened a bit by forebodings about the future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An unsatisfying ramble, salvaged by a few striking passages."
Part travelogue, part war memoir, this insubstantial, disjointed reminiscence succeeds as neither. Read full book review >