Search Results: "Callum Roberts"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 24, 2012

"A timely wake-up call."
Roberts (Marine Conservation/Univ. of York; The Unnatural History of the Sea, 2009) warns that "the oceans have changed more in [the] last thirty years than in all of human history before." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"For WW II veterans and buffs only."
Everything you wanted to know about the Nazi glider-and- paratroop invasion of Crete, plus a history of early airborne-troop warfare and its prime practitioner, Kurt Student. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 17, 1989

Aided by previously unpublished files of the British Foreign Office, English author MacDonald provides the most complete account yet of the assassination of Heydrich, head of the Nazi security police and Hitler's presumed successor. Read full book review >

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GRATEFUL FOR ROMANCE—AND SUSPENSE!
by Bobbi Dumas

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

It’s been a tough month for a lot of people, and I’ve been thinking how wonderful it is to have really good books to sink into, especially the kind that offer hope and a guaranteed happy-ever-after. I know when I look at my many to-be-read and to-be-listened to queues, I find myself turning more and more to ...


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BOOK REVIEW

RAPUNZEL by Lynn Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Those under 30 may miss many of the cultural references, but even in this fractured form it's good to see the classic tale stayin' alive, stayin' alive. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/folktale. 8-10, adult)"
Having found an audience—an adult one, at least—for Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story (2001), the Roberts sibs put a differently styled, but equally stylish twist on another folktale romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FACTS OF LIFE by Jillian Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 2013

"Here, 'just enough' is not enough in either form or content. (iPad informational app. 3-6)"
"Just enough" information about the titular facts is the stated goal for this well-intentioned offering from a Canadian psychologist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRTY BERTIE by David Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Young readers may respond with a polite 'eeewww' or two, but neither the staring eyes in the cartoon illustrations, nor the rigidly judgmental approach, is likely to spark much beyond that. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In what amounts to a No, David! knockoff, another child with a pop-eyed, oversized head earns repeated, large-type choruses of "No, Bertie! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE RED by Lynn Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"No, this isn't likely to replace traditional versions—but it should nonetheless draw a chuckle or two. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
The Roberts' third style-conscious folktale remake transforms Little Red into a boy, places him in late 18th-century America and sends him through the woods to Grandma's with a jug of ginger ale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARK INSIDE by Jeyn Roberts
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Well-balanced, realistic suspense. (Post-apocalyptic suspense. 12 & up)"
After an apocalypse of devastating earthquakes and murderous mobs, four teenagers struggle to survive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUNNY SIDE UP by Marion Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"Decorated throughout with antipodean vernacular, Roberts's glib, tangential, first-person narrative promises—and delivers—moments of charming girlhood transition and pathos. (Fiction. 9-14)"
An upside-down antic adventure set in Melbourne, Australia, presents 11-year-old only child Sunny Hathaway, a reluctant, good-natured keeper of family secrets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPELLFALL by Katherine Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The main characters (except for Hawk, who is entirely villainous) do show signs of complexity, but that adds only dashes of flavor to this bland fantasy. (Fiction. 11-13)"
More an idea person than a storyteller, Roberts fails to do justice to a promising premise and cast in this tale of magic and parallel worlds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUPPET PANDEMONIUM by Diane Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Gentle humor makes this an easy, comfortable read. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Fifth-grader Baker hates the idea of leaving his Seattle home and his comfortable backstage job with his grandmother's puppet show, but a good-bye gift of a ventriloquist's dummy helps him make a place for himself in his new small-town Texas school. Read full book review >