Search Results: "Chris Abani"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET HISTORY OF LAS VEGAS by Chris Abani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Abani (The Virgin of Flames, 2007, etc.) creates vivid metaphors not just with his characters, but also with a drowned town emerging from the waters of Lake Mead, a ghost town that hosts the Carnival of Lost Souls, and the city of Las Vegas, which celebrates the dark, the hidden and the grotesque."
A detective on the brink of retirement and a psychiatrist with a guilty burden are brought together by a series of deaths in Las Vegas in this grim but beautifully written tale. Read full book review >

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GRACELAND by Chris Abani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Worth reading for its searing depiction of modern Africa, but Abani is no Chinua Achebe."
A Nigerian-born poet and first-novelist limns a teenage boy struggling for direction in Lagos under the heel of a brutal military dictatorship. Read full book review >

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THE VIRGIN OF FLAMES by Chris Abani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2007

"A bleak, searing and sad portrait of outcasts."
Abani's latest (Graceland, 2004, etc.) follows a California muralist's search for himself. Read full book review >

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DOJO DAYCARE by Chris Tougas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Day care is full of covert purposes, ninja or not; this rollicking read-aloud will fit right in. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ninja training begins early, but before any power moves are taught, young ones must first learn to control their emotions—practical advice for any 3-year-old. Read full book review >

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COOKIE THE WALKER by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Moral: Fame isn't all that it's cracked up to be, even if it does come with a fanny pack. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A canine parable about the dangers of fame. Read full book review >

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OH NO, GEORGE! by Chris Haughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Young children who struggle to follow the rules will feel a bond with George, and the story's present-tense narration and repeated refrains make this a natural for reading aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
George is a gigantic, magenta dog with a purple snout and huge, expressive eyes. He wants to be good and knows the rules of proper behavior, but he can't quite manage to follow them when left alone in the house. Read full book review >

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PIP AND THE WOOD WITCH CURSE by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Confusion reigns. (Fantasy.8-12)"
Children are an endangered species in Hangman's Hollow, a town under siege from dark and malevolent forces in this first book of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING WICKEDLY WEIRD by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Fine fare for fans of the likes of Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's Far-Flung Adventures series or Philip Ardagh's Eddie Dickens trilogy. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A prolific British illustrator makes a rare foray across the pond with this faintly Gothic series opener. Read full book review >

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GEORGE, THE DRAGON AND THE PRINCESS by Chris Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Minimal text makes this a pitch-perfect yarn for the very young. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The mouse in the mountain has a very special skill. Read full book review >

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THE EMPEROR OF ABSURDIA by Chris Riddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Political cartoonist and Greenaway Medalist Riddell is comfortable in this curious fantasy world as imagination transforms the ordinary bedroom objects of this charming blue-eyed, tousled towhead into extraordinary dreams. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This young emperor has clothing issues; the beginning sentences set the scene: "The Emperor of Absurdia was having the most extraordinary dream. Read full book review >

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PLATYPUS AND THE LUCKY DAY by Chris Riddell
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Keep on smiling. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A lucky day proves to be just so, but not before a series of mishaps casts a long shadow across Platypus's expectations. Read full book review >