Search Results: "Elaine Clayton"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"The story is so delightful, and the premise so ripe that most readers will be willing to overlook the flaws of the art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Working with a potent mix of history and speculation, Clayton takes on the mystery and intrigue that continues to surround the disappearance of Prince Edward and Prince Richard from the Tower of London in 1483. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOUR STUPID CUPIDS by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"Midsummer Night's Dream' this is not, but rarely have the arrows of love gone more hilariously astray. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Having faced ghosts, aliens, and deadly Siberian snow spiders in previous adventures, the fifth graders at Josiah Fawcett Elementary take on a very different sort of challenge when a Grecian urn from Fawn Petros's aunt shatters, releasing four bright-eyed cupids from a 2,300-year nap. Read full book review >

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FIVE ALIEN ELVES by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"This clever comedy, with humor both broad and sly, has the odd combination of hilariously fractious aliens and a generous measure of Christmas cheer—but it works. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)"
Fresh from an encounter with ghost mastodons (Six Haunted Hairdos, 1997), Miss Earth's fifth-grade class readily takes on a new challenge in this eccentric holiday story from Maguire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE ROTTEN EGGS by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2002

"The tone throughout is characteristically deadpan, the humor thoroughly sophisticated; after five installments one might think the formula would wear thin, but, the title notwithstanding, this offering maintains a quirky freshness that fans and new readers alike will welcome. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Genetically engineered chicken eggs provide the narrative motor for this, the fifth, entry in the "Hamlet Chronicles," as Miss Earth's fifth-grade class lurches into spring. Read full book review >

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A COUPLE OF APRIL FOOLS by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2004

"Perhaps, but it's a relentlessly edgy and smart one, and as such, a breath of fresh air. (Fiction. 8-12)"
What has got to be the weirdest year in the history of Hamlet, Vermont, continues in this archly funny sixth addition to the series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIE IN THE SKY by Jane Smiley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Despite this shortcoming, another interesting read for horse lovers and Abby Lovitt fans. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Smiley continues the equine adventures of Abby Lovitt (True Blue, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE FINAL FIRECRACKER by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2005

"It's an oddly appropriate, entirely endearing end to a series that goes out with neither bang nor whimper, but a thoughtful combination of the two. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's the Fourth of July in Hamlet, Vt., and all heck is about to break loose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SIX HAUNTED HAIRDOS by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Maguire's wit sometimes slips its leash, but the climax is sidesplitting and the gender rivalry thoroughly skewered, although the heartwarming ectoplasmic adoption scene prompts a Thanksgiving Day truce between the factions. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10-12)"
Having survived an influx of giant, poisonous Siberian snow spiders (Seven Spiders Spinning, 1994), the rival boys and girls of Miss Earth's class in Hamlet, Vermont, face another set of prehistoric critters: a herd of ghost mammoths hunting through the centuries for a misplaced youngling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUE BLUE by Jane Smiley
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Smiley's pristine, graceful prose and thoroughly real characters make this a novel to savor. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Smiley continues the story of Abby Lovitt and the horses on her family's California ranch in the 1960s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GEORGES AND THE JEWELS by Jane Smiley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"It's the minute details of work with the horses that make this book sing, and horse-mad readers will snap it up. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Abby's father names all the male horses that come through their farm George and all the female horses Jewel, and Abby knows it's to keep the family from becoming too attached to them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GOOD HORSE by Jane Smiley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"Rich, real and utterly engrossing. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This sequel to The Georges and the Jewels (2009) is Smiley at her finest—detailed, nuanced, absorbing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHOW AND TELL by Stephanie Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"Readers will empathize with this well-intentioned hero's mishaps and be touched by his eventual understanding of Miss Plunkett and Ethan. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 6-8)"
Woody Baldwin is a perpetual victim of circumstance—at least, that's what it seems when the new student teacher comes to class and "changes everything." Read full book review >