Search Results: "Chris Collett"


BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD AND STONE by Chris Collett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Collett (Stalked by Shadows, 2009, etc.) struggles to balance a grieving hero, a mass murderer and a travelogue of Wales in an unevenly paced narrative."
A British detective's much-needed vacation turns into a nightmare. Read full book review >

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A GOOD DEATH by Chris Collett
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Collett (Dead of Night, 2014, etc.) packs this eighth series entry with subplots and secondary dramas that never quite make up for an implausible killer and a tacked-on conclusion."
A burned body and a missing husband-to-be are only two of many headaches for a detective inspector. Read full book review >

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THE LAST MUTINY by Bill Collett
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"This Australian writer's first novel is a valuable addition to the British naval-history shelf. (Includes useful historical endnotes.)"
Vice Admiral William Bligh, whose name was made synonymous with tyranny by the Nordhoff and Hall trilogy (Mutiny on the Bounty, etc.), reminisces about his life and adventures while fighting a losing battle with infirmity and his household. Read full book review >

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FINDING THE STORY WITH CHRIS BARTON
by Julie Danielson

The “sneaky, stripy” camouflaged ships of World War I, painted with unconventional patterns so as to confuse the enemy, may be the subject at hand in Chris Barton’s new picture book, Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion, but it’s really about so much more. It’s also a book about information overload, changing technology, war strategy, art ...


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BOOK REVIEW

AWESOME ORIGINS by Chris Giarrusso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Formulaic, built on well-worn tropes and replete with cheap jabs at grown-ups—destined, in other words, to be an easy sell. (afterword) (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)"
Spun off from Giarrusso's G-Man comics series, a wannabe superhero's journal assignment records epic triumphs along with a catalog of middle-grade woes. Read full book review >

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DINOTRUX DIG THE BEACH by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"Readers won't want to wait to find out where the Dinotrux will go next. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The third in Gall's crashing, smashing series takes the hot and grumpy Dinotrux on a vacation to the beach. What mayhem will ensue? Read full book review >

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PIP AND THE TWILIGHT SEEKERS by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Children who read this wretched stuff may grow up to write like this—don't let it happen. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
There are murky goings-on in Hangman's Hollow and Spindlewood Forest as Pip, Frankie and Toad continue the tale begun in Pip and the Wood Witch Curse (2012). Read full book review >

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THERE’S NOTHING TO DO ON MARS by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"There probably won't be much to do there, either, right? (Picture book. 6-8)"
Following a story arc that's been popular at least since Ellen Raskin's Nothing Ever Happens On My Block! (1966), young Davey fails to find anything to relieve his boredom in the rugged Martian landscape—not the fish skeleton, the giant face, the half-buried Mars Rover or even the horde of froggy Martians leaping about in a wild (and, of course, futile) rain dance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTTOLINE AND THE YELLOW CAT by Chris Riddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Shelve this, the first volume of a projected three, with the graphic novels. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A tale told in intricate, finely detailed pictures linked by occasional brief bursts of prose introduces Eloise-like young Ottoline, who shares a large apartment with hair-covered sidekick Mr. Munroe, collects odd single shoes and postcards from her parents (who are generally off on travels) and solves mysteries. Read full book review >

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MAISIE MOO AND INVISIBLE LUCY by Chris McKimmie
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Though even less scrutable than McKimmie's Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow (2007), it's likewise freewheeling, imagination-stretching and, to quote Maisie, 'a little bit wonderful.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
Vigorous brushwork and large splotches of saturated reds and purples give the modernist art in this Australian import a wild energy that both complements the blotchy, often hand-lettered text and reflects the character of the young narrator. Read full book review >

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SERIOUSLY, NORMAN! by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Appealingly quirky and adventurous; a celebration of the power of self-directed learning and thinking outside the box. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A gently satirical and ultimately liberating look at modern education. Read full book review >