Search Results: "Claire Legrand"


BOOK REVIEW

WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"An overbusy mishmash. (Fantasy. 15-17)"
A Nutcracker retelling includes a Victorian mob princess/warrior heroine, an alternate New York City, steampunk faeries and an epic multigenerational battle.Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF SHADOWS by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Ultimately a feel-good story, though readers will wade through tides of bad, angry, heartbroken and horror-struck feelings to get there. (Horror/fantasy. 11-13)"
Already saddled with a major father issue, young Olivia Stellatella acquires ghost problems too after she's forced to live in the backstage rooms of a decrepit concert hall. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"A hefty sheaf of chillers—all short enough to share aloud and expertly cast to entice unwary middle graders a step or two into the shadows. (index, not seen) (Horror/short stories. 10-13)"
Styling themselves "curators," four of horror fantasy's newer stars share tales and correspondence related to an imaginary museum of creepy creatures and artifacts. Read full book review >

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THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A thoroughgoing ickfest, elevated by vulnerable but resilient young characters and capped by a righteously ominous closing twist. (Horror fantasy. 11-13)"
A heartwarming friendship tale—played out amid carpets of chittering insects, torture both corporal and psychological, the odd bit of cannibalism and like ghoulish delights. Read full book review >

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SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2016

"A layered, thoughtful exploration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sometimes stories are a means of survival. Read full book review >

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FOXHEART by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Tedious and derivative. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old white girl discovers she is a witch and sets off to fight forces of evil with her magical animal companion. Read full book review >

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LUCY AND THE BULLY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The foreword, by a staff therapist at Northwestern's Family Institute, provides tips for parents and teachers on using stories in bullying-prevention programs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lucy, a primary grader, is good at art to the delight of all her classmates, except for Tommy. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A CLOUD by Claire Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Guaranteed to appeal to fans of Frozen and other princess tales. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Celeste ponders the perfect gift for her mother all day until bedtime, when "the Wind bl[ows] in and carrie[s] her away." Read full book review >

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MAGICAL MAIL by Claire Barker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Not a patch on Lyn Gardner and Mini Grey's Into the Woods dyad for meta-literary fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Faith Smyth is perfectly ordinary, out of place in her competitive family, with only tiny blue Bus Bear to keep loneliness at bay. Read full book review >

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THE GIANT by Claire Ewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"As the rigorous farm life swallows their emotions, it is the constancy of nature and return of the geese that restores them, bringing father and daughter closer together. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"I remember Mama had said there were giants, strong and tall, and that one was looking after me. I needed to see one to believe." Read full book review >

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ONE COLD NIGHT by Claire Ewart
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"With a brief, nicely cadenced text and smoothly generalized figures set in lyrically evocative landscapes, an imaginative personification of the coming of winter. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``...the cloud coyotes howled in the moonlight, and Snow Woman came to tuck us in.'' Depicted in Ewart's sweeping watercolors as a heroic robed figure, Snow Woman brushes leaves from trees, stills streams, and frosts fields, prompting turtles, groundhogs, and other creatures to burrow away for the winter— all but Black Bear, who doesn't leave even when she builds a frozen fire of pine cones, setting the northern sky ablaze. Read full book review >

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THE BEST PART OF DADDY'S DAY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"A pleasant celebration of father-and-son love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bertie the beagle wants to grow up to be a builder, just like his dad. Read full book review >