Search Results: "Clare B. Dunkle"


BOOK REVIEW

ELENA VANISHING by Elena Dunkle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 5, 2015

"This memoir contains moving snapshots of a young woman's struggles with anorexia nervosa, but readers may be frustrated by omissions of key moments in the recovery process. (Memoir. 14 & up)"
This co-authored, mother-daughter memoir recounts daughter Elena's five-year struggle to overcome anorexia nervosa after her diagnosis at 17. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Disturbing gender roles, excessive moralizing, and a rushed and incongruous conclusion keep this sequel from achieving its rather strong potential. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Racial integration through wife-napping makes for awkward fantasy, despite a compellingly intricate structure. Read full book review >

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THE HOLLOW KINGDOM by Clare B. Dunkle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Frequently magical, with compelling plot twists, but weakened by awkward timing and uneven structure. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Dunkle pens an inconsistent fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE WALLS HAVE EYES by Clare B. Dunkle
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2009

"After an overly expository start, this simple tale provides comforting, enjoyable adventure. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Like its predecessor The Sky Inside (2008), this sequel posits that no corrupt government is so powerful that it can't be toppled by a boy and his robot dog. Read full book review >

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BY THESE TEN BONES by Clare B. Dunkle
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2005

"The carver, less fawningly described than the heroes of Dunkle's previous books, is correspondingly a richer and more compelling character, and Maddie's initiative is endearing. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Just as in the old ballads, true love defeats horror when magic strikes a Scottish village. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF DEAD MAIDS by Clare B. Dunkle
FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"For readers familiar with Brontë's novel, the final connection is a masterstroke; even those who don't get it will find this a keeper. (Horror. 12 & up)"
Pagan magic, Heathcliff's back story and a lot of scary dead maids: Dunkle's knack for the creepy (By These Ten Bones, 2005) sets spines tingling. Read full book review >

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THE SKY INSIDE by Clare B. Dunkle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"In a world well-stocked with genius children, the point-of-view focus through an ordinary boy with questionable free will provides a compelling shift from the expected. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
Martin's strictly regimented suburban life changes when he gets a robotic dog for his 13th birthday. Read full book review >

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FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Not a substantial contribution to the strong genre of romantic fantasy. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
The Hollow Kingdom trilogy ends as it began: with a kidnapped bride falling for her captor. Read full book review >

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CLARE BEATON'S GARDEN RHYMES by Clare Beaton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2014

"The small size and detail-oriented pictures suit this sweet fabric bonbon to one-on-one sharing. (Board book. 1-4)"
This diminutive board book of garden-themed nursery rhymes is illustrated with sewn fabric scenes. Read full book review >

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CIRCUS GIRL by Clare Pernice
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"A flight of fancy, verbally and visually spare, that any would-be 'star' will gladly take. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child transforms her bedroom into the big top. Read full book review >

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ARABELLA MILLER’S TINY CATERPILLAR by Clare Jarrett
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Pleasing and useful, for storytimes as well as one-on-one sharing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Expanding a familiar preschool finger rhyme, Jarrett delivers an appealing (and singable) confection capped with a double spread of facts about the life cycle of the butterfly. Read full book review >