Search Results: "Diane Zahler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE THIRTEENTH PRINCESS by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Delicious descriptions of gowns and (worn-out) slippers, teas and sweetmeats, pink castle and dark forest make up for the pale villains, incomplete magic and the occasional obviousness of the story's fairy-tale skeleton. (Fairy tale/fantasy. 8-12)"
This sweetly written reimagining of "The 12 Dancing Princesses" is for younger readers than the richer and darker Princess of the Midnight Ball, by Jessica Day George (2009). Read full book review >

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BAKER'S MAGIC by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A sweet, magical, environmentally conscious adventure. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A young orphan will need all the magic she can muster if she is to help her friends, defeat an evil mage, and figure out how to save the kingdom from destruction. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING BEAUTY'S DAUGHTERS by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A refreshing fairy tale that breaks the passive-heroine mold. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Two sisters quest to break a spell, even as one of them succumbs to the same curse that kept their mother asleep for 100 years. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS OF THE WILD SWANS by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"A pleasant magical outing. (Fairy tale/fantasy. 8-12)"
In her third fairy-tale novelization, Zahler (The Thirteenth Princess, 2010, and A True Princess, 2011) dips into Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans" and mixes in a bit of Celtic folklore. Read full book review >

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A TRUE PRINCESS by Diane Zahler
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A middling middle-grade muddle. (Fairy tale/fantasy. 9-12)"
Incorporating elements from Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea," Norse mythology and European faerie lore, Zahler crams this brisk tale with an amalgam of folklore motifs, stock characters and familiar plot points. Read full book review >

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THE MARVELWOOD MAGICIANS by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A hair-raising, exhilarating, big-top mystery. (Fantasy/mystery. 8-13)"
Mathilda "Mattie" Marvelwood wants a normal life: friends, school, and a home in one place. Read full book review >

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MEAN BUSINESS ON NORTH GANSON STREET by S. Craig Zahler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"If you can get past the detailed descriptions of violence and mutilation, you'll find that Zahler (Corpus Chrome, Inc., 2014, etc.) tells a gripping story."
A detective's smart mouth gets him transferred from sunny Arizona to frigid Missouri, where life is worse in every way imaginable. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"An excellent introduction that will lead older children (and adults) to the music. (author's notes, chronology, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
At three, Mozart heard his older sister play the clavier and copied her. Read full book review >

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SIGNED, ABIAH ROSE by Diane Browning
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2010

"America. (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 6-10)"
In a book that instantly evokes and sustains old-fashioned charm, readers meet young Abiah Rose, who lives in the Genesee River Valley sometime in the 18th century. Read full book review >

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THANKSGIVING IS HERE! by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Sure to please families of any size at harvest season. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A large extended family comes together at Grandma's house for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving. Read full book review >

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JOAN OF ARC by Diane Stanley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

From Stanley (Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter, 1997, etc.), a sympathetic biography that is also a straightforward affair, captured in gemlike illustrations that feign a Book of Hours touch—though many are drenched in piety—recounting the story of Joan's life. Read full book review >

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BUCK'S TOOTH by Diane  Kredensor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Lots of sight words, full-color cartoon illustrations, easy-to-read speech bubbles, humor, and lots of likable characters add up to a surefire hit for new readers. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Buck is a beaver with just one front tooth—but it's a big one! Read full book review >