Search Results: "Christine Brodien-Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SCORPIONS OF ZAHIR by Christine Brodien-Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"Loose ends and a fuzzy mythology are flaws that will likely be overlooked by readers who enjoy immersing themselves in adventures featuring creepiness of both the historical and otherworldly varieties. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Combine a complicated and not entirely explained premise involving the link between a mysterious planet and a half-buried desert city, giant scorpions with the power to communicate, and an eccentric cast of characters, and you've got a wild ride indeed. Read full book review >

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THE OWL KEEPER by Christine Brodien-Jones
ANIMALS
Released: April 13, 2010

"Tedious. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Another cookie-cutter tale of a "Chosen One" informs this awkward mishmash of science fiction and fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GLASS PUZZLE by Christine Brodien-Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"The interesting premise is bogged down by narration that doesn't seem to fully trust readers' intelligence and by characters who defy credibility, keeping it from rising above the bevy of middle-grade fantasies. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Cousins Zoé and Ian must find the key to a glass puzzle or risk the destruction of their Welsh town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FEATHERS, PAWS, FINS, AND CLAWS by Jennifer Schacker
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"Provocative fare for students of the themes and tropes of literary and traditional folk literature. (source notes) (Fairy tales. 14 & up)"
Ten "vintage tales" chosen to challenge assumptions that fairy stories offer cut-and-dried values and life lessons for, specifically, children. Read full book review >

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6 BOOKS FOR EARLY 2017
by Ana Grilo

Who’s excited that 2016 is coming to an end soon? I know I am, and I already started wish-listing all the awesome-looking 2017 releases and preparing my challenges and goals for 2017. One of them is to continue my Time Travel Project (in which I read as many books featuring time travel as I can, old and new) and the ...


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HOLLY GODDARD JONES
by Megan Labrise

Holly Goddard Jones had written 100 pages of a horror story about killer ticks when she found out she was pregnant. Through her son’s first years and a second pregnancy, she wrote and rewrote The Salt Line, finishing final edits just one month before her daughter was born.

“Once I was dealing with motherhood and all the anxiety around it ...


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BOOK REVIEW

OLIVER CAT ON PLANET B by Christine Kettner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"The three stories overall are not stellar, but serviceable, as are the author's bright, simple illustrations. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Oliver is a can-do sort of cat who moves cheerfully through three short chapters in this mid-level easy reader. Read full book review >

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LEON AND ALBERTINE by Christine Davenier
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"In this triumphant picture book, Leon is equally appealing whether he reflects utter dejection or joyous abandon. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A charming love story that makes gentle points about not losing one's true self in the pursuit of romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LAZY CAT by Christine Roussey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A fine and restful 'nothing.' (Picture book. 2-7)"
Fat cat Boomer shows the way to a perfect day. Read full book review >

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ALMA MATTERS
by David Rapp

American universities are bastions of knowledge, hotbeds of activism and academic politics, and a constant source of fascination for writers, who show them at their best and worst. Here are three books, reviewed by Kirkus Indie, that offer very different takes on the college experience.

Adrian Jones Pearson ’s satirical novel Cow Country (2014) presents rural Cow Eye Community College ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LILY AND THE PRESENT by Christine Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Again, Ross's color-pencil art is humorous and appealing, though much of the delicate detail will be lost in group sharing. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Lily's new brother ``came into the world with nothing,'' and Lily would like to get something ``big and bright and beautiful'' to supplement his other, boring presents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY DAY WITH NUMBERS by Christine Powers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A companion volume, My Day with Animals, is in the same format. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``One child'' puts on ``two slippers'' and is greeted by ``three muffins'' at breakfast, then uses ``four crayons'' to make ``five drawings,'' and so on through a day that ends with ``nine books'' and ``ten yawns'' (labeled with Arabic numerals in their one appearance here). Read full book review >