Search Results: "Claude A. Piantadosi"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"An important book by a visionary with his feet planted on the ground."
The director of Duke University's Environmental Laboratory offers an exciting evaluation of the potential for colonizing Mars by the end of the century. Read full book review >

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ADELE IN SAND LAND by Claude Ponti
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unconscionably tardy return for the young imagineer of the incomparable Adele's Album (1988)—welcome back! (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
A bucket, a small shovel, and an unfettered imagination are all it takes to transform a visit to a sandbox in a crowded public park into a brilliant adventure. Read full book review >

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STRANGLED IN PARIS by Claude Izner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Though Izner's sixth (In the Shadow of Paris, 2011, etc.) rambles quite a bit, the digressions provide a delightfully frothy wide-angle portrait of colorful belle-epoque characters and settings."
A sinister society provides a point of entry for sleuthing Parisian bookseller Victor Legris to solve a baffling series of murders. Read full book review >

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ABOU AND THE ANGEL COHEN by Claude Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2002

"Despite mildly pedantic angelic dialogues, the realistic view of Palestinian difficulties and the vision offered here of a better life are a welcome addition to the never-ending debate on the Middle East."
A curious fantasy, inspired by Leigh Hunt's famous 1834 poem, "Abou Ben Adhem," mingles metaphysics and grim reality: a gentle Arab grandfather living in Gaza is visited nightly by an angel who offers advice and consolation as the man's life is turned upside down by a tragic series of events. Read full book review >

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Johnny's Ripple by Claude Limberger
Released: March 1, 2013

"A headlong adventure about a boy who can reshape reality at will."
A boy's amazing powers stand between Earth and total destruction. Read full book review >

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THE ASSASSIN IN THE MARAIS by Claude Izner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A sturdy marriage of frothy style and abundant period detail, from obligatory tidbits about Toulouse-Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge to surprising sidelights on little-known but interesting people and events, all bolstered by appended notes."
Murder strikes too close to home for French sleuth Victor Legris. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF SHANGHAI by Claude Guillot
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The story has promise, not least for its fine artwork that provides a glimpse into daily life, but the delivery is so stilted, its effectiveness is cut by half. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Using clunky declarative sentences, Guillot tries to convey a sense of life in modern China, mediated through its history, with this story of a young girl, Li, and her encounter with a pre-Mao ghost. Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOWS OF PARIS by Claude Izner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Psudonymous Izner's fifth Legris whodunit (The Assassin in the Marais, 2011, etc.) bubbles charmingly along courtesy of lively banter and larger-than-life Parisian characters."
The murder of a friend propels a Parisian bookseller once more out of his store and into the streets to investigate. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE EIFFEL TOWER by Claude Izner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"In this series kickoff from Izner (pseudonym for a pair of collaborating sisters), the energetic curiosity of the hero dovetails nicely with readers' interest in a fascinating era. The colorful supporting cast lays a solid foundation for Victor's further exploits."
The excitement of the 1889 World Exposition is muted, then intensified, by murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY HYENA, WHY WON'T YOU LAUGH? by Doug Jantzen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"Important though the lesson is, this is too didactic and unrealistic to help children facing similar situations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A laughless hyena regains his giggle in this debut from Jantzen and Claude. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WHITE CITY by John Claude Bemis
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"With a plot as intricate as the Machine at its center and a page-turning pace, this unique, ambitious American fantasy comes to a satisfying end that would please even John Henry. (Steampunk. 9-12)"
With The Clockwork Dark series drawing to a close, author Bemis has saved the best for last. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WOLF TREE by John Claude Bemis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"Aspects of various cultures are woven together, giving the narrative a unique yet grounded flavor. (Steampunk. 9-12)"
Bemis continues to mine rich elements of folklore and tall tales in the second installment of the Clockwork Dark series. Read full book review >