Search Results: "Chris Grabenstein"


BOOK REVIEW

RILEY MACK STIRS UP MORE TROUBLE by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"A lighthearted caper. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This latest installment in the continuing comic adventures of 12-year-old fix-it artist Riley Mack (Riley Mack and the Other Known Trouble Makers, 2012) finds Riley trying to expose environmental polluters. Read full book review >

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THE SMOKY CORRIDOR by Chris Grabenstein
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"This stands alone, but those who haven't read the others will definitely want to seek them out. (Adventure. 9-12)"
First day in a new school is never easy, but when your school was founded by a Civil War captain-turned-voodoo hougan and the corridors are full of ghosts only you can see and hear, it's particularly problematic. Read full book review >

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HELL HOLE by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 22, 2008

"A solid entry in the Ceepak series (Whack a Mole, 2007, etc.). Grabenstein economically limns an array of characters and has a great ear for dialogue, but Boyle's first-person narrative sometimes strains for laughs."
Iraq war vet commits suicide...or is it murder? Read full book review >

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THE CROSSROADS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2008

"Fans of the genre won't mind some of the implausibilities; they'll keep reading. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ghosts vengeful and benevolent, evil possession and dark secrets from the past all figure in this suspenseful page turner destined to grab reluctant readers, especially boys, and R.L. Stine fans. Read full book review >

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FUN HOUSE by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2012

"Ceepak and Boyle's seventh caper (Rolling Thunder, 2010, etc.) moves like lightning as it puts its cartoonish cast through their paces."
How low can reality TV go? Think murder. Read full book review >

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THE HANGING HILL by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2009

"Readers will race through terse sentences and demonically paced chapters to reach the satisfying, Indiana Jones-like and, yes, thought-provoking ending—and they'll be hanging on for the next installment. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Thrills and chills of the ectoplasmic and mildly gruesome kind abound in this exciting, humorous sequel to The Crossroads (2008), the author's first novel about 11-year-old Zack Jennings, who sees and vanquishes ghosts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TILT A WHIRL by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"This first book in a promising series flounders here and there but is ultimately saved by the strength of Grabenstein's protagonist."
Fireworks down by the shore, and in the amusement park, a good cop almost gets taken for a ride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. LEMONCELLO'S GREAT LIBRARY RACE by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Good entertainment with some meaningful messages. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Participants in one of Luigi Lemoncello's board-games-without-a-board discover the value of careful research and teamwork. Read full book review >

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MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Dewey like this? Of course, and so will upper-elementary and middle school readers and gamers alike. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Can the hometown champions defeat teams from around the country in a new contest at Mr. Lemoncello's fantastic library? Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Full of puzzles to think about, puns to groan at and references to children's book titles, this solid, tightly plotted read is a winner for readers and game-players alike. (Mystery. 9-13)"
When a lock-in becomes a reality game, 12-year-old Kyle Keeley and his friends use library resources to find their way out of Alexandriaville's new public library. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREE FALL by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2013

"Ceepak and Boyle's eighth blasts the energy of a tilt-a-whirl into an offbeat procedural."
Sea Haven detectives Ceepak and Boyle (Fun House, 2012, etc.) investigate the murder of a 94-year-old dentist who has a very pretty nurse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIND SCRAMBLER by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 2009

"Though his characters may be shallow, Grabenstein's sharply arch prose and steady plotting makes Ceepak's fifth (Hell Hole, 2008, etc.) compulsively readable."
A young cop's reunion with an old flame is cut short by her murder. Read full book review >