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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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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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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

KEPT by D.J. Taylor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2007

"A tour-de-force in the style of Dickens. The eccentrics and Victoriana are so captivating that they make up for knowing most of the truth before the finale."
A labyrinthine Victorian tale of insanity, greed, robbery and murder. Read full book review >

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NO MARDI GRAS FOR THE DEAD by D.J. Donaldson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 13, 1992

"Amiable, lightweight medical thriller, but the series would be much improved if it retired Broussard and developed Kit more."
The third outing (Cajun Nights; Blood on the Bayou) for New Orleans suicide investigator Kit Franklyn, whose dog disinters a jawbone in her soon-to-be rose garden—a jawbone that her mentor Andy Broussard, Chief Medical Examiner, explains belongs to a woman dead at least ten years. Read full book review >