Search Results: "Delia Sherman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC MIRROR OF THE MERMAID QUEEN by Delia Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Still, the imaginative rendering of a familiar city populated by fictional characters and magical beings may be enough to entice readers to overlook the inside jokes and broad characterizations. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Sequel to Changeling (2006), the plot of this overlong fantasy is simple: A young human girl who has been raised by a magic white rat and a Pooka must find and return a magical talisman in order to save her Central Park home from danger. Read full book review >

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THE FREEDOM MAZE by Delia Sherman
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Multilayered, compassionate and thought-provoking, a timely read on the sesquicentennial of America's Civil War. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
It's 1960, but on the decayed Fairchild sugar plantation in rural Louisiana, vestiges of a grimmer past remain—the old cottage, overgrown garden maze, relations between white and black races. Read full book review >

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THE EVIL WIZARD SMALLBONE by Delia Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of fantasy will be captivated—and hoping for a sequel. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
It is an enduring, unforgiving Maine winter when 12-year-old runaway Nick Reynaud seeks shelter on a frigid night by knocking on the door of small-town evil wizard Zachariah Smallbone. Read full book review >

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THE PORCELAIN DOVE by Delia Sherman
Released: May 6, 1993

"A dazzling display of period detail, and a slew of authentic- seeming characters—but all disappointingly held in thrall to a narrative that lumbers on to a by-now-longed-for end."
Combining history, fairy tale, and period literary fashions, Sherman (the paperback Through a Brazen Mirror) offers a sprawling 18th-century epic that could be improved with some 20th-century editing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ESSENTIAL BORDERTOWN by Terri  Windling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Over to you."
Of that egregious title, readers might well demand: —Essential— to whom? Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF THE KINGS by Ellen Kushner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 5, 2002

"Immensely appealing, intelligent, and great fun."
Sequel to 1987's Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, a tale set in an imaginary city that Kushner herself described as "not-quite-equal parts of Elizabethan London, 18th-century Paris, a dash of Regency of both, and even a little New York . . . . Read full book review >

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FINDING FORTUNE by Delia Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Like its protagonist, full of heart. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ren (short for Renata) spends her summer after sixth grade in a long-abandoned town near her Midwest home not far from the Mississippi River. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH THE MERMAID HAIR by Delia Ephron
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Having begun deliberately, the story moves quickly to its satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Ephron pokes fun at the notion that the rich and handsome lead perfect, happy lives. Read full book review >

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GHOST GIRL by Delia Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Ray's loving attention to setting, character, and detail makes this debut special, a quiet and subtle evocation of a time and a place based on real events and a real teacher. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Eleven-year-old April Sloane lives an isolated life on Doubletop Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, so she doesn't believe it when her friend Dewey Jessup claims to have met President Hoover at his new summer place down the mountain. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO CHANGED THE WORLD by Delia Ephron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Thank goodness sibling rivalry isn't always this bad (nor is it so easily dispelled); but the Youngers' feisty cure makes an entertaining romp. (Fiction. 8-11)"
It's war—the younger sibs, fed to the teeth with the hazing they've gotten for as long as they can remember, organize a rebellion led by Violet Sparks, whose particularly obnoxious brother Simon (first seen swatting a juicy fly into Violet's hair while she's performing at a piano recital) becomes hostage and target for revenge: trapped at the Youngers hideout, he's read a list of gruesome deaths before being subjected to several stages of ``Death by Tickling.'' Meanwhile, the Youngers have learned to get the Olders' goats by ignoring their verbal abuse and issuing some of their own, as well as by giving them enough slapstick comeuppances to keep the farcical story moving and prod the Olders toward reform. Read full book review >

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A PLACE CALLED TRINITY by Delia Parr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2002

"Awkwardly written, full of pious speechifying and annoying folksiness."
Well-meaning but meandering story of a 19th-century midwife. Read full book review >

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HANGING UP by Delia Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 1995

"A steady dose of low-grade humor helps, but ultimately this portrait of a dysfunctional family cum telephone circle is only modestly affecting."
A first adult novel from screenwriter and author Ephron (The Girl Who Changed the World, 1993, etc.) blends satire and soap opera to portray three overachieving sisters and their deteriorating father. Read full book review >