Search Results: "Cidney Swanson"


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SAVING MARS by Cidney  Swanson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 26, 2012

"A sci-fi novel that soars along with a teenage heroine whose imperfections help make her believable and endearing."
A 17-year-old pilot with a history of crashing her craft holds a planet's fate in her hands when a human settlement on Mars runs low on food. Read full book review >

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Siren Spell by Cidney  Swanson
Released: Nov. 14, 2015

"A delightful drama with well-done supernatural elements that heighten the themes of anger and forgiveness."
In this YA novel from Swanson (Perilous: A Ripple Novel, 2015, etc), a ballet-obsessed teenager in Oregon confronts dangerous sirens, her family's mysterious history, and, most frightening of all, the need to forgive her mom. Read full book review >

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SUPER GEAR by Jennifer Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Plenty of good science sunk by tone and blunders. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Science teacher and writer Swanson tells the story behind nanotechnology's introduction and impact on sports. Read full book review >

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A LIFE WORTHWHILE by K.C. Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Awkward prose undermines this story of troubled siblings, despite its strong sense of place."
Brothers cope with difficult circumstances in this debut novel set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Read full book review >

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Madoc's Legacy by Edward Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2014

"A rollicking, rip-roaring novel, big and wild as the American frontier."
Brawls and battles ensue when a trapping party encounters a weird tribe deep in the wilds of 19th-century Upper Michigan. Read full book review >

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MESMER'S DISCIPLE by Edward Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"History, action, the supernatural and intelligent discourse; this novel holds something for everyone."
Set in 1840s St. Louis and New York, this historical supernatural thriller pits Alvord Rawn, a vigilante-style New York cop with anger management issues, against Count Abendroth, a demonic mesmerist who has painter Charles Deas in his thrall. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS by Doug Swanson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Even though it's more straightforward that most of Jack's Hiaasenesque carnivals of crime, this one shows once more the folly of stocking your barrel with ordinary fish when you could fill it with fish who swim in circles, kill each other, and stick out their tongues."
When the two-bit police force of Luster, Texas, picks up Wesley Joy for speeding, pulls him in for the smidgen of heroin they find, and learns that the car he's driving was spotted leaving a drug-killing scene, Wesley, "lawyer to the stars of scum," is in a pickle. Read full book review >

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Released: April 3, 2002

"Swanson lives this journey like a Tibetan Buddhist, on the boundaries between here and there, at one with the everyday shuffle of finding toilet paper as he moves through the dreamscape of a land that could be 'the Moon, the South Pole, the Antipodes of legend.'"
A grumbling, finely attuned voyage—both keen and keening, pilgrimage and good-works project—into Tibet. Read full book review >

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DEAD IN THE WATER by Denise  Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Swanson relaunches her Scumble River series (Murder of a Cranky Catnapper, 2016, etc.) under the flag Welcome Back to Scumble River. But her stories are just too earnest, as well as too formulaic, to stay afloat long."
A pregnant Illinois school psychologist braves a tornado's wrath while searching for a city councilman's killer. Read full book review >