Search Results: "Cynthia Voigt"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WINGS OF A FALCON by Cynthia Voigt
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Grand, thought-provoking entertainment. (Fiction. 12+)"
In the mythical land of Jackaroo (1985), another long tale crowded with action and driven by its themes, with well- individualized characters carefully devised to enact them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF KINGS by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not a stand-alone book, this conclusion will appeal to those who enjoy a challenging read and who have followed Max's previous adventures. (Adventure. 10-14)"
In the final act of the Mister Max trilogy, the 12-year-old solutioneer is confronted with his biggest problem yet: masterminding the rescue of his parents, held captives as king and queen of a small South American country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"Subplots pad the whole, but do not advance plot or character development—a shame in an otherwise wickedly delicious offering. (Fiction. 12+)"
Mikey and Margalo, the redoubtable Bad Girls, are back for ninth grade and a new set of conflicts with both peers and authority figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD, BADDER, BADDEST by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A rich, entertaining episode featuring a pair of Voigt's most memorable characters since the Tillermans. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Fresh from their debut (Bad Girls, 1996), sixth-graders Mikey and Margalo cement their gloriously improbable friendship in a painful—sometimes side-splitting—effort to save Mikey's parents' marriage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ORFE by Cynthia Voigt
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"A powerful novel—brief and deceptively easy to read—that's fashioned with imagination and skill. (Fiction. 14+)"
Enny and Orph are friends in grade school; bright and idiosyncratic, both are outcasts, but Orph helps Enny learn to face down the bullies who torment her with stories full of hate and pain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SOLITARY BLUE by Cynthia Voigt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 1983

"However, Jeff's own feelings at every stage are compellingly real and affecting; the growing closeness between him and his father is moving and subtly developed; and his own emotional development and growing character (that old-fashioned term is the only word for it) brings out Voigt at her best, as well."
This is the story of Jeff Greene, the guitar-playing high school boy Dicey Tillerman meets in Dicey's Song (1982)—but the connection isn't made until near the end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD GIRLS by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Unrepentant to the end, this pair of unlikable but admirably capable mavericks outmatch even Barbara Robinson's Herdman family for sheer sand. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A distinguished writer is at the top of her form in a sharp and sassy tale of two fifth-grade troublemakers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID AND JONATHAN by Cynthia Voigt
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and challenging. (Fiction. YA)"
A compelling triangle: Hank, 16, child of an upper-crust Bostonian and a penniless composer; his best friend Jonathan, whose mother, a Holocaust survivor, runs a restaurant with her husband; Jonathan's cousin David, 21, who leaves a psychiatric hospital to live with Jonathan's family in a last hope of alleviating his depression. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VANDEMARK MUMMY by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Lightweight (as intended), compared to most of Voigt's books, but neatly plotted and thoroughly satisfying. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In her first mystery since The Callender Papers (1983), a Newbery winner spins an entertaining tale concerning the abduction of a mummy that is part of a controversial bequest to "Vandemark College" in Maine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IZZY, WILLY-NILLY by Cynthia Voigt
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1986

"Izzy is a winner."
Izzy, a nice 15-year-old in the best sense of that overused word, restructures her life after losing a leg in an automobile accident. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT’S NOT EASY BEING BAD by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"It will come as no great surprise to Mikey and Margalo's fans that they triumph in the end—with badness intact—but that is almost incidental to the oh-so-naughty fun of watching how they get to it. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Mikey and Margalo, Voigt's redoubtable Bad Girls (1996—and Bad, Badder, Baddest, 1997), return for a third wickedly satisfying outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON FORTUNE'S WHEEL by Cynthia Voigt
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1990

"A satisfying love story, a grand adventure, and a rich mix of ideas and action."
Returning to the vividly portrayed imaginary medieval world of Jackaroo (1985), Voigt tells of another-innkeeper's daughter, two generations later, who also struggles with her society's rigidity on her way to a self-defined, productive life. Read full book review >