Search Results: "Chris Colfer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CURVY TREE by Chris Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Pure corn syrup. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child with ostracism issues finds a timber tutor in this illustrated spinoff from the Land of Stories series. Read full book review >

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STRUCK BY LIGHTNING by Chris Colfer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"This sophomoric sophomore effort reads like a rough draft for a screenplay…which it may well be. (Fiction. 15-17)"
High school senior Carson Phillips will get into Northwestern and be the youngest freelance journalist published in all the major outlets, and he's not above blackmail to get there. Read full book review >

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STRANGER THAN FANFICTION by Chris Colfer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A standard novel about being true to who you are. (Fiction. 15-17)"
A young, white television star breaks away from Hollywood to go on a cross-country road trip with four of his biggest fans. Read full book review >

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THE LAND OF STORIES by Chris Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"Cardboard characters and awkwardly episodic situations result in a poorly manufactured tale. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Celebpub collides with fairy-tale redux in this unsuccessful debut. Read full book review >

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THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"A ghoulish thriller: melodramatic and tongue-in-cheek, sometimes both at once. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Colfer opens a new series that promises to be every bit as brisk and violent as Artemis Fowl—this one featuring travelers using steampunk-style time machines for (usually) evil purposes. Read full book review >

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HALF MOON INVESTIGATIONS by Eoin Colfer
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"A sub-theme of 'information is power' is cleverly embedded in the fast-paced romp, while the ending leaves a trail for future investigations. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Combine Sam Spade's manner, Encyclopedia Brown's curiosity and Columbo's deductive tenacity—that's Fletcher Moon, kid crime-solver. Read full book review >

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THE GAUNTLET by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ideal for readers who are breathlessly awaiting the next film in the Marvel superhero franchise. (Adventure. 8-13)"
With no time to assemble the Avengers, Iron Man must save the world solo in this fast-paced adventure novel. Read full book review >

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PLUGGED by Eoin Colfer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Others will find the goings-on funny enough to forgive anything."
Colfer's adult crime-fiction debut—after his bestselling Artemis Fowl YA series—introduces a big, brash, bawdy, balding anti-hero. Read full book review >

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THE HANGMAN'S REVOLUTION by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"A grand yarn told with a wink and kitted out with high stakes and broadly drawn characters for maximum fun. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Undoing the catastrophically altered present wrought in The Reluctant Assassin (2013) requires further immersion (not just figuratively) in Victorian London's noxious stews for teenage, time-traveling special agent Chevron Savano. Read full book review >

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AIRMAN by Eoin Colfer
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2008

"Laced with explosions and sudden violence, well-stocked with ugly customers and replete with cliffhangers, this high-flying page-turner will keep readers riveted to their seats from opening gunshot to final sword thrust. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
Set at the end of the 19th century, this savage, enthralling melodrama pits a young would-be aviator against a high official so fiendishly clever and evil that his name—Bonvilain—seems a drastic understatement. Read full book review >

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THE SUPERNATURALIST by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Most memorable are the corporate and police structures and weapons (including a slug shot that wraps its victim instantly in cellophane, requiring a vat of acid for removal) and the intriguing, philosophically elusive nature of the blue supernatural creatures. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
In the future's Satellite City, where everything's controlled by an enormous satellite, a plot-twisting adventure includes supernatural creatures, a disenfranchised band of Supernaturalists, and abundant use of futuristic weapons. Read full book review >

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ARTEMIS FOWL by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers familiar with Sherlock Holmes, as well as an array of modern fantasists from Roald Dahl on, will find plenty of homage paid in this savagely funny page-turner. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A 12-year-old Irish crime lord takes on the realm of Faerie to recoup his family fortune in this madcap leap aboard the Pottermania bandwagon. Read full book review >