Search Results: "Dugald A. Steer"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Though illustrated with full-page, elaborately detailed views of characters and creatures, this outing is not only trite, it lacks the visual appeal of its 'nonfictional' predecessors. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
In this paint-by-numbers spin-off from the popular Dragonology (2003) and its many progeny, Steer pitches two young apprentice dragonologists into a struggle between scientific dragon researcher Dr. Ernest Drake and his unscrupulous rival, Ignatius Crook, for control of a powerful talisman. Read full book review >

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KNIGHTOLOGY by Dugald A. Steer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"More a few quick stabs at the topic than a solid bashing—but lively despite its relatively light load of bells and whistles. (Fictionalized informational novelty. 9-11)"
A charge through the glory days of knighthood, led by a latter-day Master of the Secret Order of the Round Table. Read full book review >

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PIRATEOLOGY by Dugald Steer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"May 2006) will rush to board—and to attack the enticing associated website. (Novelty. 9-12)"
Avast ye, mateys! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIME FOR A TALE by Dugald Steer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"To get the full comic effect here, children will need to know the originals—but even those who don't are apt to enjoy the novelty format. (Folktales. 5-8)"
Scheherazade as a goose? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Flashy but perfunctory. (Fictionalized nonfiction. 10-12)"
Designed more for a quick flip-through than any sort of serious study, this appendage to 2004's Egyptology looks like a battered notebook of general remarks about ancient Egypt with memorabilia clipped in, compiled by "Emily Sands," the fictive vanished archeologist. Read full book review >

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SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam, translated by Laura A. Wideburg

Cover Story: Underbar
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
 7
Talky Talk: Straight Up, Swedish Style
Bonus Factors:
 Jazz, Kickass Jazz Mentor
Ambivalence Factor: Bullying
Relationship Status: 'S Wonderful

Cover Story: Underbar

The brightness! The colors! The '80s Boy George hat ...


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BAD RELIGION
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Violet Hour (The Violet Hour Book 1) by Whitney A. Miller

Cover Story: Smoke Gets In Your Big Face
BFF Charm: Caution
Swoonworthy Scale:
 1
Talky Talk: Figuratively Speaking
Bonus Factor:
 Cult
Relationship Status: Memorable Fling That Wants to Come Back for More

 

Cover Story: Smoke Gets In Your Big Face

A vaguely ...


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MOTORCYCLE MUSINGS
by Bobbi Dumas

Two fave authors have books coming out early next month, and I thought I’d make sure these titles are on your radar screen.

Laura Kaye and Julie Ann Walker always promise heart-stopping action and breathtaking romance, and if you haven’t read these two yet, then I recommend you get on that right away!

They’re both romance bestsellers, so I expect ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE KEENING by A. LaFaye
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Those who are carried along by her story will enjoy a surprise ending that moves this entertaining effort beyond historical fiction into mild though plausible fantasy. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Lyza lives with her parents on an isolated point of land outside a small coastal Maine town in 1918. Read full book review >

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WORTH by A. LaFaye
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Something for everyone. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
"A steer you'd have to pay for, but a boy you could adopt for free," says Nathaniel after he injures his leg and his father adopts John Worth to help work their Nebraska land. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE SAWDUST MAN by A. LaFaye
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Even if there is no end to books about shattered families living in small southern towns, LaFaye depicts complex, profoundly disturbed characters with a sure hand, and this turbulent story joins Ruth White's Belle Prater's Boy (1996) as a cut above the rest. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Her mother's sudden, wordless departure drives Nissa, 11, into mental instability in this searching, character-driven debut. Read full book review >

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THE VISUAL DICTIONARY OF PLANTS by A. McCord
NATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Visually beautiful and unusually complete: an excellent choice for reference and circulation, made especially accessible by index's more than 3,000 entries. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A splendid addition to the ``Eyewitness Visual Dictionary'' series, with hundreds of outstanding color photos and drawings, all extensively labeled. Read full book review >