Search Results: "D.J. MacHale"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLACK by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2011

"From the blood crucibles of Alexander to the encounter with his best friend's dead mother to the mysterious deaths at his grandfather's farm, there are too many plot twists, too much explanation and too little motivation to keep readers journeying down this road. (Horror. 10-14)"
Finding himself dead after a collision with a speedboat, Cooper Foley quickly realizes the afterlife is not as restful as people believe. Read full book review >

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PROJECT ALPHA by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This book may teach readers to distrust the government, but the real fear is that they'll put the novel down halfway through out of boredom. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
This series opener has the potential to turn its young readers positively cynical. Read full book review >

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STORM by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"There is no middle-volume sag in this pulse-pounding thriller. (Adventure. 10-16)"
In series opener Sylo (2013), war came to Tucker Pierce on Pemberwick Island off the coast of Maine; this middle volume picks up where the first left off. Read full book review >

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SYLO by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 2, 2013

"This first installment in a proposed trilogy is absolutely un-put-down-able, more exciting than an X-Box and roller coaster combined. (Adventure. 10-16)"
This riveting novel starts with a question: How safe is it to remain uninvolved? Read full book review >

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PENDRAGON by D.J. MacHale
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Hobey-hum. (Science fiction. 10+)"
Second in the projected Pendragon Quartet, this flabby adventure owes nothing to Camelot but the name. Read full book review >

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CURSE OF THE BOGGIN by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Readers will be rooting for this tenacious kid as he keeps a steady head and stays just a step or two ahead of creepy beings conjured from a supernatural world. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Marcus O'Mara's world is turned upside down when he begins to see frightening apparitions while at school serving detention. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHT by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 2010

"There's a few too many sharp turns for this narrative to be anything but a rough ride. (Horror. 10-14)"
A skeletal sketch he's drawn haunts 16-year-old Marshall (Marsh) Seaver, even as he searches for his missing best friend, Cooper Foley. Read full book review >

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BLACK MOON RISING  by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Here's hoping the next installment in this series achieves a better balance. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to Curse of the Boggin (2016), Marcus (white), Theo (African-American), and Lu (Asian-American) are back. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING WITH THE CRAWFISH by D.J. Donaldson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"Patricia Cornwell Lite, with all the streamlined thrills and gripping forensic detail Donaldson's fans have come to expect."
Still shaken after her kidnapping in Louisiana Fever (1996), psychological profiler Kit Franklyn has banished herself to a menial job at a photography gallery when she gets a hurry call from her old boss, Chief Medical Examiner Andy Broussard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWAGBELLY by D.J. Levien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Elegantly emprosed. Calling Jack Nicholson."
Novelist (Wormwood, 1999) and screenwriter Levien herein creates a world-swallowing publishing Gargantua whose hungers mirror those of Bellow's Henderson the Rain King (‘I want, I want, I want!').Read full book review >

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NEW ORLEANS REQUIEM by D.J. Donaldson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 1994

"This one is for those who like their lab talk down and dirty."
With Mardi Gras only a week away and the annual convention of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences just arriving in town, New Orleans Chief Medical Examiner Andy Broussard and psychological profiler Kit Franklyn match wits with a killer who stabs his victims, slices off one eyelid, and arranges them each with a telltale strand of hair, a row of Scrabble tiles—K, O, J, E, the first murder is signed—and a different section from the February 14 edition of the Times-Picayune. Read full book review >