Search Results: "David Crystal"


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CRYSTAL by Walter Dean Myers
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1987

"And no one can complain about the moral."
The story of a black teen-ager caught in the fast-lane world of modeling, with the personal cost in stress that goes with the glamour and money as the main theme. Read full book review >

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DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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SPELL IT OUT by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 18, 2013

"An entertaining mixture of erudition, attitude and wit that crackles, spits and sparkles."
A noted linguistics scholar and prolific author asks and answers the question, "Why do we spell words the way we do?" Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2006

"Packed with information, memorable anecdotes and surprising statistics, all presented with assurance and enthusiasm."
A virtual encyclopedia of language, so broad in scope that its subtitle can only hint at its contents. Read full book review >

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THE STORIES OF ENGLISH by David Crystal
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"A dense, significant history. Had it been shorter and otherwise more reader-friendly, it could have made waves. Regrettably, only ripples will likely ensue. (9 b&w illustrations; 12 maps)"
A celebrated linguist argues that all versions of English are created equal and that the reign of Emily Post-prescriptivists who insist that Standard English is "right" and all the rest "wrong" is nearing its end. Read full book review >

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MAKING SENSE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Both a swift introduction for grammar rookies and an enlightening review and update for the veterans."
A celebrated historian of the English language takes us on an entertaining stroll through the history of our grammar—from the beginning to last week. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF ENGLISH IN 100 WORDS by David Crystal
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"Snack-sized chapters with banquet-sized satisfaction."
The author of The Stories of English (2004) and other volumes devoted to the nature and history of our language returns with a gem that sparkles with information about how English grows, changes, adopts and plays. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF BE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Language lessons from a master delivered masterfully: Crystal-clear."
The author of numerous works about the history and uses of English returns with a brief, illuminating disquisition on the history and varied tasks of the verb "to be." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"An informative, transformative trip into the mysterious, mutating, magical thicket of English."
Linguist Crystal (How Language Works, 2006, etc.), whose learned disquisitions have sometimes bewildered readers, lightens up with an inviting text combining the best features of travel writing, memoir and scholarship. Read full book review >

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CRYSTAL BLADE  by Kathryn Purdie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"With this second installment, the Burning Glass trilogy hits its stride. (map) (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Riaznin is finally free from imperial rule. Read full book review >

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CRYSTAL BONES by C. Aubrey Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"It's not subtle, but it will carry along some readers on the prose's pure eagerness. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
This enthusiastic but clichéd series opener strings trope after trope on a thread of purple prose. Read full book review >

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CRYSTAL CADETS by Anne Toole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Skip and pass. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
On her birthday, a teenager learns that she is one of the Crystal Cadets, a textbook group of young, magic-wielding heroines charged with saving the world from vague, clichéd darkness. Read full book review >