Search Results: "David Stahler Jr."


BOOK REVIEW

SPINNING OUT by David Stahler Jr.
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2011

"The end may or may not be a surprise to readers, but ultimately this story of a high-school friend trying to save his buddy will be tough to find an audience for. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Stocky stoner prankster Frenchy and his wealthy hippie friend Stewart usually prefer to bide their time smoking weed and plotting tricks to unleash on their unsuspecting school, but when Stewart hears that the drama department is putting on The Man of La Mancha, he eagerly convinces Frenchy to audition with him. Read full book review >

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A GATHERING OF SHADES by Jr. Stahler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 10, 2005

"Unlike most dark fantasy tales, this gathering serves up few thrills and even fewer chills, but will still keep teens reading right up to the very end. (Fiction. YA)"
The prologue sets the scene: An old woman sitting in an orchard at dusk chats with a group of spirits she summoned by mixing her own blood with spring water. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"The success of this offering, however, does not merit the purchase of the previous two books. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
Visions and his fear of Mixel Corporation drive the formerly blind Jacob from his new home, in this conclusion to the Truesight Trilogy. Read full book review >

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DOPPELGANGER by Jr. Stahler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"An interesting read that deals with growing pains, peer pressure and making decisions that might be unpopular, but are undoubtedly right. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
What teenage boy doesn't feel uncomfortable in his own skin? Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"These newer mysteries compel; perhaps the trilogy's conclusion will continue along this route. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Newly sighted Jacob discovers the world of Seers in this sequel to Truesight (2004). Read full book review >

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TRUESIGHT by David Stahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An interesting concept marred by poor execution of the all-blind society and a too-evil villain. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The conflict between individual and society takes place in a poorly constructed dystopia. Read full book review >

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YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL by David McCullough Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Neither sage nor curmudgeon, McCullough is a thoughtful pre-Socratic without a schadenfreude-soaked bone in his body."
The cult of exceptionalism, like celebrity worship, is draining us of our humanity and joy, suggests high school teacher McCullough, whose expertise comes from having nearly three decades of teaching experience and four children of his own. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"An insider's illuminating, if tactful, appraisal of a defense establishment in transition, as well as of its varied constituencies and critics. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
The low-key memoirs of a retired admiral whose ascent to four- star rank owed more to his world-class skills as a statesman and technocrat than to time at sea. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Through the worst possible means—his daughter's abduction—a father uncovers a great deal about life and himself in this engrossing work."
A distraught young parent learns a set of valuable lessons by writing letters that his missing child may never read. Read full book review >

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HOPE IN HUNGNAM by David Watts Jr
Released: May 6, 2012

"Earnest in its telling, this story of the Hungnam evacuation asks readers to measure both the terror and the humanity of America's forgotten war."
A touching debut novel that tells the many stories of one of history's great rescues. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS DON'T, SO I WON'T! by David G. Derrick Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"The clever premise of this well-worked-out story is likely to appeal as much to adults as to the children they get to share it with. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A knowledgeable mother turns the tables on her balky son by pointing out what animals DO. Read full book review >