Search Results: "Cynthia DeFelice"


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FORT by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"Upbeat, engaging and satisfying; altogether a very fine book, especially for boys looking for a bit of believable, achievable adventure. (Fiction. 9-14)"
What preteen boy wouldn't love to build a fort in the woods? Read full book review >

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NELLY MAY HAS HER SAY by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Jocular and sparking with energy, an old tale gets a new turn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A playful remake of the English folktale "Master of All Masters." Read full book review >

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WILD LIFE by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2011

"The boy-and-dog partnership here is mildly appealing, but what really makes it stand out are the deftly folded-in gun lessons and easy acceptance of the way of life they accompany. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A rare boy-and-his-gun story that accepts a hunting culture instead of demonizing the tool. Read full book review >

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THE MISSING MANATEE by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2005

Skeet's spring break starts on an ominous note when he discovers a manatee with a bullet through its head—and the gentle sea mammal's body disappears before he can show it to the authorities. Read full book review >

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BRINGING EZRA BACK by Cynthia DeFelice
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2006

"Fans and newcomers will be satisfied with this long-awaited sequel. (Fiction. 9-14)"
It was only five months ago that 12-year-old Nathan Fowler, his father and sister escaped the devilish Weasel (1990), a fanatical Indian killer who also attacked the friends of Native Americans. Read full book review >

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DEATH AT DEVIL’S BRIDGE by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2000

"Keeping the reader in the grip of the plot, she explores a teen's use of moral tools in the face of pressures from peers. (Fiction. 10-12)"
DeFelice (Cold Feet, see above, etc.) writes a riveting story of a 13-year-old boy seduced by the thrill of dangerous friendship and, despite good intentions, drawn into the treacherous world of drugs and murder. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF FOSSIL GLEN by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 1998

While this novel's basic plot elements—a ghost out for revenge, a sinister real-estate deal, a child who knows about a murder, but no one believes her—have been worked over numerous times, DeFelice (see review, above) gives it unusual warmth, with vivid characterizations. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHT ON HOGBACK HILL by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"A disappointment from DeFelice (the spellbinding Weasel, 1990) but adequate entertainment. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Another mystery/adventure in the spirit of Devil's Bridge (1992). Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF CUTLER CREEK by Cynthia DeFelice
ANIMALS
Released: March 2, 2004

"Enticing title and cover. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the third story featuring young ghost magnet, 11-year-old Allie, the ghost communicating with her this time is a dog. Read full book review >

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DEVIL'S BRIDGE by Cynthia DeFelice
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Predictable but wholesome, then, with characters of some depth and individuality and a worthy environmental message about an overfished species. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Mourning his father, lost at sea a year ago, Ben, 12, wants no one to surpass Dad's record in Martha's Vineyard's annual Striped Bass Derby—unless he does it himself. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST AND MRS. HOBBS by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2001

"This not only delivers the thrills young readers love, it will have them eagerly awaiting more ghostly encounters with Allie. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this genuinely exciting and suspenseful sequel to The Ghost of Fossil Glen (1998), DeFelice revisits her plucky heroine sixth-grader Allie Nichols, picking up her story only three weeks later. Read full book review >

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THE APPRENTICESHIP OF LUCAS WHITAKER by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1996

"Foreword and afterword. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Science and superstition clash over a macabre 19th-century folk remedy for tuberculosis in this tale of an orphaned farm lad taken on by a skeptical apothecary. Read full book review >