Search Results: "Diane Wynne Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Decorated by a glamorous roster of friends and acquaintances (from Andy Warhol to Queen Elizabeth II), this biography is direct and unpretentious, but essentially insubstantial—much like the wrap dress. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Build a better dress and they will come: this is the theme of this celebrity autobiography by designer/jet setter Von Furstenberg. Read full book review >

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DIANE ARBUS by Arthur Lubow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite limitations on research, Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."
Photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was addicted to danger, sex, and human oddities. Read full book review >

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JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 12, 2011

"A richly rewarding exploration of truth and lies by a masterful storyteller. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Charlie is catapulted into adulthood when Jasper Jones knocks on his window on a blisteringly hot Australian night and leads him to a hidden glade where a girl is hanging from a tree, bruised and bloody. Read full book review >

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SKIPPYJON JONES by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Skippyjon Jones insists he's not a Siamese cat despite ears too big for his head and a head too big for his body. Read full book review >

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CHUCK JONES by Hugh Kenner
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The other two are Greg Sarris's Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream, profiling the Pomo basket weaver and medicine woman, and Yvonne Fern's Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation, a discussion with the creator of Star Trek."
Dr. Seuss created the Grinch, but it took Chuck Jones to make him move. Read full book review >

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THE ISLANDS OF CHALDEA by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Aileen says of one of her friends, '[w]e stay awhile with each other, then part.' If that's all we get, we can be grateful for the while we have. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The fates of four countries hang in the balance, and only an apprentice magicworker can save the day. Read full book review >

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THE GAME by Diana Wynne Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2007

"Plenty of glitter and flash, but hardly indispensable. (Fantasy. 11+)"
A fantasy novella kindles a sizzling premise that fails to catch fire. Read full book review >

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THE MERLIN CONSPIRACY by Diana Wynne Jones
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Overstuffed and over the top, but a delicious romp. (Fantasy. YA)"
In a stand-alone companion to Deep Secret (1999), Jones takes the kitchen-sink approach to plotting a gloriously twisty adventure. Read full book review >

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THE BOY IN THE BURNING HOUSE by Tim Wynne-Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"That bit of contrivance aside, Wynne-Jones (Stephen Fair, 1998) weaves a strong, sensitively observed cast, plus themes of inner conflict, unlikely friendships, and the enduring power of hate, into a powerful tale that will grip readers from start to finish. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Old sins come home to roost in this taut, terrifying psychological thriller, set largely on an isolated Canadian farm. Read full book review >

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SOME OF THE KINDER PLANETS by Tim Wynne-Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"The contrived plots, along with the presence of laser printers and fax machines, give real-life drama to the mysterious overtones of science fiction, but the narration is uneven: sometimes painterly and lyrical, sometimes bordering on sentimental. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Nine original premises elaborated—sometimes cleverly, sometimes awkwardly—into short stories. Read full book review >

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A SUDDEN WILD MAGIC by Diana Wynne Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Refreshingly inventive, full of wonderful characters and incidents—and a chuckle on almost every page."
Readers who've looked into Jones's YA fiction (Castle in the Air, etc.) know her easy way of moving between the fantastic and the everyday, her dry sense of humor, and her refusal to be straitjacketed by formula. Read full book review >