Search Results: "Christopher Russell"


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DOGBOY by Christopher Russell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"A realistic peek at chivalry from the perspective of two wily waifs. (Historical fiction. 10+)"
In 1346, an ignorant kennel boy is transported to France with his master's hunting hounds to witness the historical Battle of Crecy. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Young fans of deadpan Brit humor will enjoy this fleecy romp, though it may take some time before they fully understand all of the cultural witticisms. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
The five rare-breed sheep of dear old Ida White's Eppingham farm are having a good cud chew one afternoon when something strange falls from the heavens and clocks Sal, an officious but well-meaning ewe, on the noggin. Read full book review >

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HUNTED by Christopher Russell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Set against the scrim of plague, the story, replete with intricate plotting, unlikely heroes, base villains and unrelenting action, makes for riveting historical fiction. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This 14th-century tale of plague, greed and religious zealotry compels from start to satisfying finish. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Fans of Brit humor will enjoy, but gird your suspension of disbelief; it's going to get a workout. (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
Dotty Ida White's equally daffy rare-breed sheep return for more fleecy (mis)adventures. Read full book review >

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The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE MY BABY by Christopher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2014

"A complex, powerful concept strained by its own length and ambition."
Ware's debut novel spans decades, taking on the abortion debate from the immediate aftermath of Roe v. Wade to the present day. Read full book review >

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LOST FOR WORDS by Natalie Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"While blander than many available options about writer's block, mustering voice or choosing an art form, this may also be more directly encouraging for readers who need the message, as the results seem so achievable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An animal struggles toward self-expression, taking inspiration from his friends' creations and realizing he can choose his own art form. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As immigration continues to be a major issue in America, this introduction to the Angel Island experience is overdue and, most of all, welcome. (source notes, selected bibliography, acknowledgments, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Writing with clarity, Newbery Medal winner Freedman (Becoming Ben Franklin, 2013, etc.) explores a lesser-known period in U.S. immigration history, when the San Francisco Golden Gate was anything but welcoming. Read full book review >

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THE UNICORN THIEF by R.R. Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"But readers of the first will need to read this effort, and a third part seems sure to follow. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In the sequel to Wonder Light (2013), Twig and Ben continue to protect the last free unicorn herd, on Washington's Lonehorn Island. Read full book review >

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THE SONG IN MY DRUM by Russell Hoban
Released: Feb. 14, 1962

"No, this is strictly for kids both the toddler and overgrown varieties who, like the Hobans, can really get with it."
With a few tiny pictures and an equally sparse text, the Hobans have once again demonstrated their startling ability to penetrate the secret world of children and to reflect it in perfect likeness. Read full book review >

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LIP SERVICE by Russell Lucas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Candide and Tom Jones repackaged as comic apocalypse for the late 20th century: ingeniously and remarkably inventive, but be prepared, too, for the numbing effect of the long cartoon."
Lucas's best stories (Evenings at Mongini's, 1991) found a beauty and human grace even in the very deepest heart of squalor. Read full book review >