Search Results: "Craig Virden"


BOOK REVIEW

BEYOND THE CHOCOLATE WAR by Craig Virden
Released: April 21, 1985

"But, for the many fans of The Chocolate War: another dark, intense melodrama—with another downbeat, Evil-Goes-On ending."
It's been over ten years since The Chocolate War (1974), but the action in this sequel takes place only a few months after the original ugly doings at Trinity High—a boys' day school in drab mid-New England. Read full book review >

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OUR NOISE by Jeff Gomez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"And there's enough material here for a season's worth of TV shows."
A slacker soap opera, first published as a serial 'zine through mail order, classifieds, and in Tower Record stores, that lacks the literary pretensions of Douglas Coupland's Gen-X sagasand is much the better for it. Read full book review >

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ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE by Steve Kluge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2004

"Gaily self-amused, told in tart memos, cheeky checklists, sighs, essays, legal briefs, and heartsick journal entries. Straights may nod off."
Gay guys go gaga. By the author of the well-received baseball novel The Last Days of Summer (1998). Read full book review >

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CAMOUFLAGE by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Can doing first-rate work as consistently as Pronzini (Betrayers, 2010, etc.) really be as effortless as he makes it seem?"
The Nameless Detective Agency must cope with a clutch of monsters, all members of the gentler sex. Read full book review >

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GONE, GONE, GONE by Hannah Moskowitz
Released: April 17, 2012

"A complete miss from an otherwise solid author. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The Beltway sniper shootings and the attacks of 9/11 become the crucible for this exploration of teenage grief and love. Read full book review >

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THE INTERVIEW ROOM by Roderick Anscombe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Along with the steadily mounting tension, Anscombe (Shank, 1996, etc.) provides enough exquisitely turned therapeutic dialogues between participants ferally skilled in talking around the point to create a heaven for connoisseurs of mind games."
A forensic psychiatrist asked to evaluate an accused stalker finds himself pulled into a nightmare in which nothing is what it seems—maybe not even himself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOTS OF DOTS by Craig Frazier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Zingy and crisp, joyful and sprightly, this is one outstanding read. (Picture book. 2-7)"
In his gamesome new work, Frazier shows how one shape—the simple dot—creates and shapes our world. Read full book review >

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MULE TRAIN MAIL by Craig Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"Informative as well as evocative, and told with crisp clarity. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In some remote pockets of Arizona, the postman wears a cowboy hat and leads a mule train. Read full book review >

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THE TOWN MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE by Helen Craig
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Tyler'' are charming; in the meantime, there are some splendidly dramatic takes, especially during Charlie's encounter with the cat, while the tiny protagonists are delightfully individual and appealing—as is this well-worn tale in its fresh new garb. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A spirited retelling with lively dialogue and many colorful embellishments, plus enchantingly detailed illustrations in cleverly varied frames and spreads. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BARN by Craig Brown
by Craig Brown, illustrated by Craig Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Still, an offbeat introduction to animal voices, worth a try where funds permit. (Picture book. 2-6)"
From cock-crow to moonrise, a farmer moves around his barn, feeding and observing his animals. Read full book review >

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TRACTOR by Craig Brown
by Craig Brown, illustrated by Craig Brown
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Every page reveals the author's experience and reverence for the enterprise in this loving view of life on a small farm. (Picture book. 3+)"
An increasingly unfamiliar scene in the American landscape gains a heartfelt tribute, and has a worthy advocate in Brown (City Sounds, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LYONESSE STONE by Craig Weatherhill
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"For collections with enthusiastic fantasy readers. (Fiction. 12+)"
In the first of a trilogy, ancient times and the present day intermingle in Britain's Cornwall, ensnaring modern children in ancient evil. Read full book review >