Search Results: "Ellen Larson"


BOOK REVIEW

IN RETROSPECT by Ellen Larson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 20, 2013

"The twisty plot almost makes the futuristic confusion worthwhile. Perhaps more explication by Larson (Abdul Rahman Guards the Bridge, 2010, etc.) could guide readers through the rough path to the year 3324."
Murder in the far future has a time traveler seeking answers in the recent past. Read full book review >

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LUCKY DOG by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A varied and heartwarming set of doggy tales...or is that tails? (Short stories. 9-12)"
Thirteen dog-loving authors contribute 12 short stories about dogs at the Pawley Rescue Center and the humans who love them. Read full book review >

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ELLEN ULLMAN
by Gregory McNamee

A thinking machine, grumbled the tradition-minded British writer G. K. Chesterton, “is a brainless phrase of modern fatalism and materialism.” He added, “A machine only is a machine because it cannot think.”

But that was at the turn of the last century. A dozen decades later, thinking machines are among us, machines that learn from our behavior and ...


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ELLEN OH
by Alex Heimbach

Like most writers, Ellen Oh was an avid reader growing up. “Books were always my friends,” she says. At least until second grade, when her teacher read The Five Chinese Brothers to the class. Afterwards, her classmates taunted her with racial slurs, and one boy tried to paint her skin yellow because she was "the wrong color for a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHIGGERS by Hope Larson
by Hope Larson, illustrated by Hope Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2008

"A delightful addition to any duffle (or library). (Graphic novel. 10-14)"
Eisner Award winner Larson effectively mixes magical realism with the timeless rituals of summer camp in this pitch-perfect graphic novel for ‘tweens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 9, 2012

"Some wooly mysticism fogs up these pages but overall, a well-researched and thoughtfully framed study of an often misunderstood artist."
An unconventional biography of avant-garde composer John Cage (1912-1992) and the profound influence Zen Buddhism had on his music. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM by Nathan Larson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"When it comes to plotting, film composer Larson is content to follow Raymond Chandler's dictum, 'When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun.' But his dystopia is bound to win fans with strong stomachs."
A nameless investigator dogs New York streets made even meaner by a series of near-future calamities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DASH by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"This emotionally satisfying and thought-provoking book will have readers pulling for Mitsi and Dash. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Mitsi Kashino and her family are forced to move to a Japanese internment camp following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERCURY by Hope Larson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Classic themes of love, family, betrayal and renewal combine to create multilayered historical fiction that perfectly illustrates how the past continues to influence the present. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Lost treasure, mother love and misbegotten romance form the bases of this richly rewarding intergenerational graphic novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT I KNOW NOW by Rodger Larson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"The relationships are built slowly and credibly, in evocative passages that grandly conjure the California countryside, and tenderly depict the nuances of human understanding and emotion. (Fiction 12+)"
The characters are the highlight of this thoughtful coming-of-age story from Larson (Mariposa, 1996, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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THE WARRIOR PRINCESS OF PENNYROYAL ACADEMY by M.A. Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Engaging (if familiar) premise and settings, strong casting, and classic overall arc—all spoiled by an irremediably dismal finish. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Sudden assaults by hungry giants and an army of witches prompt a final desperate quest to save the vocational school for knightly knights and battle princesses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLIPSTREAM by Leslie Larson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 16, 2006

"A gripping debut that successfully builds upon post-9/11 fears while feverishly mining the depths of human desire."
The lives of five lonely people converge as a creepy ex-employee plots revenge at LAX. Read full book review >