Search Results: "Edward Bloor"


BOOK REVIEW

TAKEN by Edward Bloor
FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"Charity's self-possession strains credibility, as does her quick turnaround at the novel's end, but this is competent near-future fiction. (Science fiction. 12+)"
The white, elite segment of the population hide behind tall gates while everyone else lives in poverty—and a cottage industry based on kidnapping and ransom demands has become so prevalent that middle-schoolers write papers about it. Read full book review >

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LONDON CALLING by Edward Bloor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2006

"The history and ethics are fascinating but are treated to a shallow ending, and though the characters are compelling, the dropped threads will make readers tune out. (Fiction. 9-13)"
John hates All Souls Preparatory School, where he's tormented by Hank Lowery, great-grandson of General "Hollerin' Hank" Lowery, a WWII hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TANGERINE by Edward Bloor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Readers are going to want more from this author. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A legally blind seventh-grader with clearer vision than most wins acceptance in a new Florida school as his football-hero older brother self-destructs in this absorbing, multi-stranded debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRUSADER by Edward Bloor
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Roberta emerges from her war a contemporary crusader, strong and whole and sure. (Fiction. 13-15)"
A stagnant shopping mall in South Florida is a crowded center stage for this large-canvas story from Bloor (Tangerine, 1997), who weaves labyrinthine plot strands, from politics and the power of the media to alienation and personal redemption, while an exploration of racism hovers in the background. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PLAGUE YEAR by Edward Bloor
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A likable teen successfully explores a significant social issue without preaching or becoming a symbol. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Freshman Tom Coleman studies for the PSAT, works for free at the Food Giant his dad runs and plays Nintendo in this rural Pennsylvania town in the fall of 2001, when terrorists and methamphetamine suddenly become big threats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STORY TIME by Edward Bloor
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"A creation with wide appeal. (Fiction. 12+)"
George and Kate Melvil have won acceptance to Whittaker Magnet School, where they will be exposed to the finest teaching methods in the US and subjected to a test-based, "Leave No High-Scoring Child Behind" program. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MEMORY PRISONER by Thomas Bloor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"Still, newcomer Bloor's ideas are strong and his descriptive powers—which are so sharp that the reader can practically see, hear, and smell the contours of his imaginary world—keeps the material lively and thought-provoking throughout. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A traumatic childhood experience that culminated with her grandfather's mysterious disappearance and presumed death has made 15-year-old Maddie Palmer a prisoner of her house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAP HOUSE by Edward Carey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"Magnificently creepy. (Horror. 10-16)"
The first in a deliciously macabre trilogy for middle graders and young teens channels Dickens crossed with Lemony Snicket.
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BOOK REVIEW

VERY HAIRY HARRY by Edward Koren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Next to fellow cartoonist William Steig's Pete's a Pizza, or, more on topic, Kathleen Krull's Clip, Clip, Clip: Three Stories About Hair, illustrated by Paul Brewer, this comes off as a hesitant, under-plotted effort. (Picture book. 5-7)"
New Yorker cartoonist Koren transfers his trademark hirsute, Bigfoot-like figures to a new format, but then doesn't do much with them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE by Edward Mapplethorpe
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2016

"A wonderful portfolio of little monsters—or little angels, as you prefer."
A noted photographer turns from his previous interest in abstract portraiture to immediate, evocative studies of infants in their splendid innocence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY ASTOR'S PURPLE DIARY by Edward Sorel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"What was then labeled 'the worst case of dynamite in Hollywood history' seems pretty tame today, but Sorel's command of tone and pen sustains readers' interest."
A charming slice of retro Hollywood tabloid scandal. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

EDWARD JAY EPSTEIN
by Clayton Moore

Getting the attention of investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein (The JFK Assassination Diary, 2013, etc.) is no small feat. Having profiled everyone from Lee Harvey Oswald to CIA chief James Jesus Angleton, Epstein has had a front row seat to the spy game for more than 40 years. So in May, 2013, when NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed mass surveillance ...


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