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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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 >

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THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS by Chris Grabenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Readers will wish their summers were so eventful. (Adventure. 9-13)"
Billy Gillfoyle discovers that a powerful imagination can bring characters from books—and comic books, video games and role-playing-game cards—to life. 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

HOUSE OF ROBOTS by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 24, 2014

"A perfectly acceptable and predictable trifle. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Sammy is less than thrilled when his genius inventor mother creates a robot brother for him. Read full book review >

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DANGER DOWN THE NILE by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"It's hard to imagine the adventure-loving reader who wouldn't be hooked by this series. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Determined to find their missing father and to secure the release of their kidnapped mother, the four Kidd kids travel to Africa seeking King Solomon's Mines and any clues that might help reunite their family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I FUNNY by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"The affecting ending, which reveals a more vulnerable Jamie behind the guise of his humor, celebrates Jamie's resilient spirit. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Middle school student Jamie is an aspiring comic. 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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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 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 >

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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 >