Search Results: "Di Toft"


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THE TWILIGHT CIRCUS by Di Toft
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Definitely a continuation rather than a freestanding episode, but the author keeps her ongoing plot galloping along and adds an assortment of marvelous new creatures to the cast. (Fantasy.10-13) "
An old foe sets a deadly trap for two young werewolves in a sequel framed by family reunions and positively festooned with hideous vampires. Read full book review >

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WOLVEN by Di Toft
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Expect sequels. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The hamlet of Temple Gurney seems ordinary enough—discounting the odd witch, spooky woods and old manor house with a supersecret laboratory. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD THAT WE WANT by Kim Michelle Toft
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"A gorgeous look at the interdependence of life on this earth, and a treasure to share with a youngster. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
In a "house that Jack built" pattern, Toft introduces readers to the many habitats that overlap to support the multitude of life on "the world that we want." Read full book review >

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GIRL WONDER AND THE TERRIFIC TWINS by Malorie Blackman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"B&w pencil drawings of all the mishaps. (Fiction. 6-8.)"
Maxine and her younger twin brothers imagine themselves to be superheroes as they confront everyday problems—like how to retrieve their soccer ball from a grouchy neighbor's flowerbed, rescue a cat from a tree, or persuade their mother to let them have a pet. Read full book review >

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GLORIA RISING by Ann Cameron
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2002

"Live and Learn' is the unstated theme, and by the end, readers will have a sense of what makes even Mrs. Yardley and Billy tick. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Having made it her mission to impart life information to middle-graders, Cameron brings Julian's friend Gloria (Gloria's Way, 2000) to the forefront once again for a series of edifying encounters. Read full book review >

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DROUGHT by Debra Di Blasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 1997

"Conclusion: Aside from the memorable terseness of the prose, which in this case makes divinity of brevity, not much ground here hasn't been covered before—and better."
Out of a bleak postmodernist vision of the Midwest come two desiccated husks of novellas, both about souring relationships and sex-as-violation, in a bone-dry debut. Read full book review >

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FRACTAL PAISLEYS by Paul Di Filippo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 1997

"Di Filippo is often adept at twanging the heartstrings of nostalgia, but his brand of humor too often manifests itself as no more than a glassy grin."
Ten tales, 198997, including two previously unpublished, in this second collection, following Ribofunk (1996). Read full book review >

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SUBWAY TO CALIFORNIA by Joseph Di Prisco
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A subway ride with many stops, almost all of them interesting and entertaining."
A self-confessed "minor poet" and "novelist famous for his obscurity" reflects on his strange, eventful life. Read full book review >

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A VENETIAN AFFAIR by Andrea di Robilant
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Strong potential, poor execution."
An 18th-century affair in Venice revealed in the lovers' myriad letters, some only recently discovered. Read full book review >

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THE EMPEROR OF GONDWANALAND by Paul Di Filippo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2005

"Satisfying though it is, the collection makes one wish Di Filippo would go full out and give us a novel every now and again."
A polymath artist of the fantastic throws out some whiz-bang ideas conjured with virtuosic skill. Read full book review >

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THE MADNESS OF MERCURY by Connie di Marco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"This smartly written debut from di Marco (who wrote the Soup Lover's Mystery series as Connie Archer) sets the stage for a promising series, though future installments would benefit from developing the heroine's personal details more appealingly."
An astrologer wishes she were also a psychic when she's targeted as a practitioner of witchcraft and forced into sticking with a client who may be in danger. Read full book review >