Search Results: "Daniel Blake Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A thrilling adventure story gracefully told."
An energetic examination of the maritime disaster that, surprisingly, cemented England's claim to a colonial empire in the Americas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"A well-written, well-researched version of an oft-told saga."
A vivid new history of the 19th-century Cherokee removal and the Trail of Tears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR FAMILY DREAMS by Daniel Blake Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Incomparable sources make for an unusually intimate American portrait."
The lives and fortunes of ambitious 19th-century brothers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY MIND by Daniel Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2012

"A true treasure-trove of insight laced with humor and polished prose."
Intimate, compelling memoir exploring the boundaries of the author's severe anxiety. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALPHABEASTS by Dick King-Smith
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Splendid fun. (Poetry/Picture book. 6+)"
An author of popular animal fantasies proves that he's as witty a poet as he is a storyteller—here, prefacing 26 comical verse portraits with four somewhat more sober quatrains recalling species that have "shot their bolt and had their chips/And run their course and breathed their last." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRONAL ENGINE by Greg Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2012

"Action and enthusiasm aplenty, but, like most time-travel tales, not much for internal logic. (recommended reading) (Science fiction. 10-12)"
A Back to the Future-style romp through time, though with more loose ends than a bowl of spaghetti. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"As a comic character study of weak John Venner, it's a delight to the end."
Fast-paced morality tale by the author of The Devil in the Dooryard (1986). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Storykeeper by Daniel A. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2012

"A vivid, slowly unfolding epic of disaster and survival in 16th-century America."
A novel delivers stark tales from storytellers who chronicle a vanished Arkansas tribe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RIGHTS OF THE READER by Daniel Pennac
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Previously published in Canada as Better Than Life (1994). (Essays. Adult)"
Much improved by a new translation and the addition of Blake's thoughtful introduction and inspired illustrations, this witty plaint from a popular novelist and former teacher should finally find as wide an audience in the United States as it enjoys in France and the United Kingdom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 2007

"An appealing introduction to a mysterious phenomenon."
New York-based journalist Smith seeks to understand the experience of hearing voices. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

SUMMER RERUNS
by Julie Danielson

It may be that, here at my weekly Kirkus column, I’ve sung the praises many times before of French author Daniel Pennac’s The Rights of the Reader, originally published in 1992. This is to say that, if I’m being redundant, I apologize, but it is a wonderful book. To call it a guide to reading, which it actually is, makes ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PLESIOSAUR PERIL by Daniel Loxton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Go, Cryptoclidus! (Picture book. 6-9)"
Another prehistoric predicament from the creators of Ankylosaur Attack (2011) and Pterosaur Trouble (2013), with similarly nongory but otherwise photorealistic illustrations. Read full book review >