Search Results: "David Patneaude"


BOOK REVIEW

THIN WOOD WALLS by David Patneaude
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"An important and forceful a contribution to the field. (Historical fiction. 6-9)"
On the brink of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Joe Hanada and his family search for the perfect Christmas tree, invited to do so by a good neighbor. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE WAS WATCHING by David Patneaude
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

"But holding everything together are the characters' feelings; their grief and reactions to various dilemmas are so pure and credible that readers will willingly put doubts aside to join in the search. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The sadness pervading the first few pages of this decently written first novel is almost overwhelming: Chris and his parents return to the summer home where his toddler sister Molly apparently drowned three months earlier; the family is just beginning to come to grips with their loss. Read full book review >

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FRAMED IN FIRE by David Patneaude
Released: April 1, 1999

"His writing style, however, is so robust that even if readers find little remotely connected to reality in these pages, there's more than enough suspense in the fast-paced narrative to keep them entertained. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Patneaude (The Last Man's Reward, 1996, etc.) hatches a silly plot and one-dimensional characters, but preteens might enjoy this piece of escapist entertainment about a boy wrongly committed to a mental asylum. Read full book review >

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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EPITAPH ROAD by David Patneaude
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 23, 2010

"The first-person point of view and the page-turning plot of this post-apocalyptic thriller will hook readers awaiting the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy and provoke more than a few thoughts as well. (Science fiction. 10 & up)"
Fourteen-year-old Kellen Dent is one of the few males left on Earth after a plague in 2067 killed 97 percent of the males and left women in charge of the world. Read full book review >

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A PIECE OF THE SKY by David Patneaude
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"An entertaining light summer read. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Following the discovery by Dr. John Evans of a valuable ten-ton meteorite in a remote area of mountainous Port Orford, Ore., in 1856, the modern consequences swing from attempted murder motivated by greed to natural wonder born by scientific curiosity. Read full book review >

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THE LAST MAN'S REWARD by David Patneaude
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"He shows that suspense is possible without such outright villainy, and that reading about good people who do right is just as satisfying as reading about bad people getting their just deserts. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Albert and his four friends are living in company-owned apartments just until their parents find houses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Charming stories, these have the spooky premises to grab horror fans, and will hold them with the promise of something better than blood and gore. (Short stories. 11-14)"
A collection of stories, five of which deal with intrusions of the supernatural into everyday life: A freshman track star is helped by a ghostly trainer, a boy learns to fight off night monsters with the help of a mysterious clown, a girl locates the ghost of Jimi Hendrix for her terminally ill aunt, a man who was supposedly murdered visits his old neighborhood, and two children are given a chance at immortality by aliens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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DAVID LYNCH by Dennis Lim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A streamlined and breezily engaging—but impressively rigorous—evaluation of a unique film talent; essential reading for fans of Lynch and the immersive, elusive worlds he creates."
The director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center delivers a short, sharp reckoning with the dangerous visions of celebrated filmmaker David Lynch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID HOCKNEY by Christopher Simon Sykes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2012

"A personal, lively look at this extraordinary artist's career. Readers will eagerly await the second volume."
First volume of an intimate, vivid biography of the ever-evolving English artist. Read full book review >