Search Results: "Chris Rylander"


BOOK REVIEW

COUNTDOWN ZERO by Chris Rylander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Both established fans of Agent Zero and those new to the series will surely find Carson a funny and endearing mini-Bond, right down to the supercool gadgets. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Fresh off a stint as an "actual, real-life" secret agent who almost singlehandedly saved the world, Carson Fender, aka Agent Zero, is having trouble adjusting to post-mission life as an ordinary seventh-grader back in North Dakota. Read full book review >

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CODENAME ZERO by Chris Rylander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Still, this is an exciting, zippy read that will leave readers wondering if there's more to their own hometowns than meets the eye. (Thriller. 9-12)"
Desperate to spice up life in his small, North Dakota town, seventh-grader Carson Fender has secured his position as Erik Hill Middle School's number-one prankster. Read full book review >

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THE FOURTH STALL: PART II  by Chris Rylander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Readers will be flushed with excitement to follow Mac's operations from the fourth stall. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Someone's out to destroy Mac's middle school, and Mac must find a way to stop him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FOURTH STALL by Chris Rylander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Although it will likely shed readers along the way, it implies a sequel at the end, and those who make it to the final pages will look forward to it. (Fiction. 9-13)"
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THE FOURTH STALL: PART III by Chris Rylander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Readers of the previous installments will be eager to see how it all plays out, but they may well be disappointed. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the third and final installment of the Fourth Stall saga, Mac and Vince are pulled back into the world of organized crime at their middle school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLASH OF THE WORLDS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Generally, an enjoyable book with high stakes and a solid ending, despite the mushy middle. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Following the 2013 death of co-author Vizzini, Rylander joins the team for the conclusion to the book-world-hopping House of Secrets series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 20, 2012

"Branches beyond the reach of a typical cancer-widow memoir, achieving an inspiring depth of spirit."
Rylander's memoir follows her as she grieves and grows through her husband Jim's illness and death. 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

THE SNOW BEAST by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The short and clever text and colorful images make this book a great read-aloud for wintertime story hours and cozy nights at home with the little ones. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A quirky and snowy tale of affable beasts and friendship in unexpected places. Read full book review >

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SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN by Chris Haughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Sure to 'net' young audiences, who will definitely root for the birds. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A peace-waging parable, presented with wry minimalism à la Jon Klassen or Tomi Ungerer. Read full book review >

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CHICKENHARE by Chris Grine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Twisted, weird and fun. (Graphic fantasy/adventure. 9-14)

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Why did the Chickenhare cross the wintry terrain? Why, to flee a maniacal taxidermist, of course. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER AND THE WOLF by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Among the plethora of Peters, his stands out for its seamless, jazzy match of verbal and visual exuberance. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Language chosen for its sound at least as much as for its meaning lends an improvisatory air to this rendition of Prokofiev's musical tale, and theatrical illustrations definitely kick things up an additional notch. Read full book review >