Search Results: "David Lubar"


BOOK REVIEW

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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GHOST ATTACK by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"A superior alternative to Goosebumps for elementary-age chill-seekers. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A monster allergy may ruin Alex's visit to his grandparents'. Read full book review >

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STRIKEOUT OF THE BLEACHER WEENIES by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"Fans will be shivering and laughing…evilly. (Short stories. 9-12)"
The weird, warped weenies weturn for an eighth collection of tiny terror tales. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE by David Lubar
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2005

"Fresh, funny and perfectly plausible as a demonstration of various writing exercises for classroom use, but only if you like laughter. (Fiction. YA)"
Scott's wacky life always plays out in totally unexpected ways. Read full book review >

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DUNK by David Lubar
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Will appeal to junior-high boys who aren't looking for a challenging read. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Lubar's (Hidden Talents, 1999, etc.) latest is somewhat weaker than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >

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THE BULLY BUG by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A light wash of horror over thought-provoking observations about 'dumb' kids and the roots of bullying, with an admixture of comically gross bits. Illustrations not seen. (Horror. 9-11)"
The Monsterrific series goes Kafka in its final turn. Read full book review >

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NUMBED! by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"While the plot might be a little thin, the number ideas more than make up for it. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole here, which is probably exactly the point. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Sixth-graders Logan and Benedict are zapped by a mathematics-loving robot, numbing them to the power of numbers. Read full book review >

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HYDE AND SHRIEK by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Ever-so-slightly creepy monster fun. (Horror. 8-12)"
The kids at Washington Irving Elementary School are about to find out their hometown of Lewington is a monster magnet. Read full book review >

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TRUE TALENTS by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Middle-school readers might enjoy how the teens turn the tables on a deranged adult, but overall, the humor is forced and the danger is not as immediate as Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters series, which also features teens with psychic talents and packs a greater punch. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the opening pages of this sequel to Hidden Talents (1999), 15-year-old Eddie Thalmayer, aka Trash, awakens in a locked room, groggy from being overmedicated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A few offerings, including the first 'Last Halloween,' will even make fun read-alouds in dimly lit rooms. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Jeremy keeps hearing loud thuds in the night; he's sure something is living in his septic tank. Read full book review >

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CHARACTER, DRIVEN by David Lubar
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2016

"Cliff is a character driven to fulfill his quest, and readers will be with him every step of the way. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Eighteen-year-old Cliff Sparks promises "one sweet-ass mother lode of a gripping tale" of his times at his New Jersey high school. Read full book review >