Search Results: "Crystal Mack"


BOOK REVIEW

VICKS, THE POLAR BEAR CUB by Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"A mostly winning combination of information and entertainment. (Informational picturebook. 4-8)"
The first year of life for the Rotterdam Zoo's new resident, born in 2010. Read full book review >

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IVAN AND THE DYNAMOS by Crystal Bowman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Andy's parents, with their straight-A, church-going son, are infinitely patient; Andy's pals are tagged with names like Mike Hanson, Jamie Jones, Duffy Conners, Billy Peterson, Denny Smith, and Jimmy Cleaver, and none of them emerges from the pack. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Andy Anderson, 11, is unhappy when he learns that he's been traded to Coach Lou Richards's team in the Squirt division of his local hockey league, but his anxieties soon prove unnecessary. Read full book review >

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THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC by Crystal Cestari
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Somewhat enjoyable provided it's not examined too closely. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A magical matchmaker searches for her own true love in this magic-infused Chicago. Read full book review >

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BIRD by Crystal Chan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Though it loses momentum halfway through, the strong opening bodes well for future endeavors. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jewel Campbell's life began the day her older brother John's tragically ended, a coincidence that's shaped and shadowed her family since. Read full book review >

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YOUR LIFE, BUT BETTER by Crystal Velasquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Girls who are eagerly anticipating their teen years will enjoy this breezy, reader-driven tale, however it turns out for them. (Novelty/fiction. 10-13)"
"Choose your own adventure" meets fashion-magazine personality quiz in this lively, light story aimed at young teens. Read full book review >

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MAKING SENSE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Both a swift introduction for grammar rookies and an enlightening review and update for the veterans."
A celebrated historian of the English language takes us on an entertaining stroll through the history of our grammar—from the beginning to last week. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF ENGLISH IN 100 WORDS by David Crystal
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"Snack-sized chapters with banquet-sized satisfaction."
The author of The Stories of English (2004) and other volumes devoted to the nature and history of our language returns with a gem that sparkles with information about how English grows, changes, adopts and plays. Read full book review >

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HUNTERS OF CHAOS by Crystal Velasquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"Here's hoping the second volume evens out the rough patches, as readers will undoubtedly be hungry for more of Ana and her friends' adventures. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Shape-shifting teenage girls work together to save the world in this contemporary fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE LAURA LINE by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Smartly rigged with history and graced with quick dialogue, the novel sails with Laura's snappy quips. Unfortunately, the story's emotional core sinks, leaving readers unsatisfied and adrift. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Modern sass combines with a historical twist, making an uneven blend of middle school melodrama and the bitter realities of slavery. Read full book review >