Search Results: "David Lubar"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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: May 24, 2011

"All in all, the gathering assays out as rich in eye-rollers, groans and mild chills. (Funny horror short stories. 11-13)"
The lead miner of the "ha-ha-horror" vein offers 33 more microtales (all but three newly minted) in a fifth Weenies collection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOG DAYS by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"The story threads knit together for a happy ending that will leave them wishing it had lasted longer. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Larry Haskins spent a nearly wonderful summer playing baseball and caring for his three stray dogs. Read full book review >

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VAMPIRE TROUBLE  by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Mild monster exposure for kids just dipping their toes in creepy. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Following Ghost Attack (2017), a new spooky encounter triggers Alex's allergies. Read full book review >

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STRANGER THINGS by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Despite the comical cartoon illustrations on every page, this setup volume is just possibly too clever to give its target audience any reason to read on. Now there's an existential dilemma. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Logic takes a little too much of a flyer for this series opener to hold together. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >