Search Results: "Chris Priestley"


BOOK REVIEW

DEATH AND THE ARROW by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2003

"Despite the Noble Savage bit, and the fact that Tom's role in the tale is largely a passive one as his associates do most of the fighting and deduction, fans of Pullman's Victorian tales may enjoy the similar level of violence and almost tangibly miasmic setting. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Priestly pours generous measures of Dickens and Doyle (Sir Arthur Conan, that is) into this melodramatic murder mystery, set amid the vividly rendered stews of 18th-century London. Read full book review >

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REDWULF’S CURSE by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"A fizzle, compared to the previous episode, Death and the Arrow (2003). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Plainly modeled on Hound of the Baskervilles, this new Tom Marlowe Adventure takes the young sleuth-in-training and his capable mentor Dr. Harker out to the tidal bogs of 18th-century East Anglia, where a wealthy friend of the Doctor's has been rummaging around in an ancient barrow said to be protected by a supernatural guardian. Read full book review >

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UNCLE MONTAGUE’S TALES OF TERROR by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Priestley usually does better. (Short stories. 11-13)"
The author's attempts to create atmosphere with constant references to half-glimpsed figures, encroaching fog, unexplained noises, etc., come off as labored in these ten tales of the supernatural. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Body of Chris by Chris Cole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A colorful, faith-based memoir of recovery."
In his debut memoir, Cole recounts his struggles with eating disorders, substance abuse, and mental illness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONOGRAPH BY CHRIS WARE by Chris Ware
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"This collection has a last-word feel to it, offering a delightful summation of a fruitful and very busy last few decades. Fans, of course, will want much more, but this makes a great start."
The noted artist, collector, and visionary offers a personal anthology/memoir, complete with junior high photos and memories of the cul-de-sacs of Omaha. Read full book review >

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THE CHRIS FARLEY SHOW by Tom Farley Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2008

"Essential for Farley and SNL fans, and a sterling example of oral biography—well-structured, consistently engaging and simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking."
Family, friends and colleagues remember the late Saturday Night Live star. Read full book review >

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COLLIDING WITH CHRIS by Dan Harder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"A small dog that appears on the copyright page joyfully keeps pace with Chris to the satisfying conclusion in this small but funny episode. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Harder's first book is aimed at bicyclists, including those still soldiering on with training wheels. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE IS READING THIS BOOK by Alice Priestley
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The whole is a bit too wobbly—a conceit that never flies. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A prince, "handsome as most and almost as clever," sulks because he wants to fly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOGETHER by Hazel Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Undoubtedly, there are many valuable lessons to be learned from this story, but perhaps the most important is the idea that a hug is what keeps a family together when they're apart—'one when we leave…and one when we're all back together again.' (Picture book. 2-5)"
From buttons to zippers to hugs, young children will learn the meaning of "together" in everyday life. Read full book review >

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MOM AND MUM ARE GETTING MARRIED! by Ken Setterington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Artistically tepid but socially valuable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gay picture books are unfortunately still rare enough that they all matter regardless of literary and artistic quality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Wild Here and Now by Susan Charkes
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 2013

"A charming, thought-provoking walk in the woods."
Charkes (Outdoors With Kids—Philadelphia, 2013, etc.) shares a collection of countryside-inspired essays, many previously published. Read full book review >

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THE SLEEPWALKER by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2016

"Sensational subject matter aside, this thriller is a sleeper."
Bohjalian's latest considers the impact of a sleepwalker's disappearance on her husband and children. Read full book review >