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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOON POOL by A. Merritt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"And scriptwriters might still find much to mine in this entertaining ode to love and sacrifice."
First published as a novel in 1919, this path-breaking genre piece was praised by The New York Times, whose review of Merritt (1884-1945) is appended here. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Like the dreams that are dissected and explained at length, the connections here are just too unclear. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Although pleasing to read and informative, this exploration of the elements of night ultimately lacks cohesion. Read full book review >