Search Results: "Dan Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

MY FRIEND THE ENEMY by Dan Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Bombing raids, a crashing German plane and an encounter with a Nazi soldier—what could be more exciting? (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
It's exciting when a German plane crashes near Peter Dixon's town, but is it right to help a wounded enemy soldier when your own father is off at war fighting the Germans? Read full book review >

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MY BROTHER'S SECRET by Dan Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"A heartfelt look at coming of age in a time of war. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
It is 1941 in western Germany. World War II has been raging for almost two years, and Hitler's propaganda machine is in full force. Read full book review >

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THE CHILD THIEF by Dan Smith
Released: June 15, 2013

"In a style that methodically builds suspense, Smith delivers the story of a hero able to rise to the challenge in the face of escalating troubles."
Set in 1930, a former soldier must leave his quiet farm life in the outskirts of Soviet-controlled Ukraine to find his kidnapped niece. Read full book review >

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RED WINTER by Dan Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"Although the hero's guilt becomes nearly as burdensome to the plot as to him, Smith (The Child Thief, 2013, etc.) adeptly builds both characterization and suspense in Nikolai's race to find his family before his former comrades find him."
A deserter from the Red Army searches for his family in the woods of Russia. Read full book review >

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BOY X by Dan Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Intense, captivating, and distinctive. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Ash wakes in an unfamiliar room with an IV in his arm, a head full of jumbled memories, and a host of superhuman abilities. He has no idea what he is capable of, but if he is going to save the world, he needs to evolve. Read full book review >

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DAN CHAON
by Stephanie Buschardt

When bestselling author Dan Chaon heard about a conspiracy at his sister’s university linking a string of drowning deaths to a serial killer, he scribbled it down in his notebook and let it simmer—for 10 years. “I kept trying to figure out a way to go back to it,” says Chaon. “And then eventually that image of [a] kid ...


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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

SICK SIMON by Dan Krall
by Dan Krall, illustrated by Dan Krall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though the science is not particularly solid, the message is an important one, and with the level of gross in the illustrations, it is sure to get through to young audiences. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Krall's latest is a disgusting, tongue-in-cheek lesson in contagiousness. Read full book review >

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SIDEKICKS by Dan Santat
by Dan Santat, illustrated by Dan Santat
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Extremely entertaining. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
A veritable bonanza of capes, heroes and pets with superpowers abounds in illustrator Santat's first solo graphic novel. Read full book review >

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THE TREASURE BATH by Dan Andreasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"A playful bedtime treat, especially for those too fidgety for text-heavy tales. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this wet and wordless adventure, a button-nosed little boy makes a cake with his mother, gets messy and needs a bath. Read full book review >

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WHERE THE FOUR WINDS BLOW by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Combining wafer-thin characters, clumsy attempts at humor, a wandering plotline, and a severe case of explaining rather than showing that makes the opening chapter positively tedious, this labored, agenda-heavy effort isn't rescued even by its many small, quirky illustrations. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Picture-book veteran Yaccarino tries his hand at a longer form, with less-than-happy results. Read full book review >