Search Results: "Derek Benz"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Max's journey is full of plot holes, flat characters, awkward prose and trite conclusions, but the fast-paced adventure will entertain fantasy readers. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The Grey Griffins series continues in this middle-of-the-road fantasy adventure. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: June 7, 2010

"Sloppy all around. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Aiming to be a steampunk action/adventure with a faerie element and a side of gaming, this opener of the second Grey Griffins series is a congested mess of overwritten prose, weak descriptions and inflated dangers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REVENGE OF THE SHADOW KING by Derek Benz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Not a bad option for fans of the genre. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A collectible card game introduces Max and his friends to the battle against ancient evil in this undistinguished but entertaining series opener. Read full book review >

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THE RELIC HUNTERS by Derek Benz
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"There's a lot better out there than this. (Steampunk. 11-13)"
A teeming cast, a mare's nest of plotlines and characters with ambiguous agendas muddle this sequel to The Brimstone Key (2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"This amalgam of Norse mythology, Arthurian legends, the Dracula story and others is chaotic and somewhat incoherent—but the fast-paced adventure and slightly gross-out magic will keep some readers enthralled. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The war between good and evil is entangled in the war between Max Sumner's estranged parents in this sequel to The Revenge of the Shadow King (2006). Read full book review >

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MERCEDES-BENZ by Pawel Huelle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Colorful setting and trenchant social commentary, but a cul-de-sac plot."
Playful postmodernism Central European-style—entertainment for a decidedly select demographic: automobile aficionados desperate for the inside skinny on Poland's recent past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KARL BENZ by Brian Williams
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Chronology; brief, irrelevant bibliography; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In the ``Pioneers of Science'' series, some interesting period illustrations and biographical details concerning the German who built the first practical automobile. Read full book review >

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CASEY AND DEREK ON THE ICE by Marty Sederman
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Pullen's oil paintings aptly complement the larger-than-life plot, the characters' earnest faces canvasses for their emotions as they give the game their all. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A "Casey at the Bat" for the hockey fan. Read full book review >

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DEREK JETER PRESENTS NIGHT AT THE STADIUM by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"A direct riff on Night at the Museum. Also, by now younger readers will barely remember Jeter as a player, so the lionization may need some explanation. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A young New York Yankees fan gets some unexpected help in his quest for an autograph from his favorite (ex) player. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAN WHO SHOT OUT MY EYE IS DEAD by Chanelle  Benz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An ambitious book that marks Benz as a writer to watch."
A wide-ranging debut collection that spans time, genre, and place. Read full book review >

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OH, JACKIE by Maudy Benz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A frank and convincing portrait of a young woman's painful coming-of-age."
Stylish first novel, by journalist and performance artist Benz, about the sexual awakening of an adolescent girl. Read full book review >