Search Results: "Emily Rodda"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KEY TO RONDO by Emily Rodda
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A perfect companion to Lyn Gardner's Into the Woods (2007). (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Rodda liberally sprinkles nursery-rhyme references and fairy-tale motifs among her own fresh details to create a splendidly vivid world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROWAN AND THE KEEPER OF THE CRYSTAL by Emily Rodda
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Rowan's inner (if not outer) stature grows in each stand-alone episode of this well-founded series. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Lowly herdboy Rowan (Rowan and the Travelers, 2001, etc.) saves his people yet again in this suspenseful, clever third outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROWAN AND THE ZEBAK by Emily Rodda
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2002

"Solid. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the fourth in this fantasy series by Australian Rodda (Rodda and the Keeper of the Crystal, p. 50, etc.), Rowan follows the patterns set forth in previous titles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROWAN AND THE ICE CREEPERS by Emily Rodda
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Disappointing. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Rodda's usually absorbing series about a humble animal tender who repeatedly saves his isolated people loses some steam in this new episode. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THIRD DOOR by Emily Rodda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A satisfying finish to a rousing trilogy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Determined to save the walled city of Weld, four volunteers venture once again into the Chamber of Doors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROWAN AND THE TRAVELERS by Emily Rodda
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The storytelling may be patchy (thanks to plenty of heavy hints, readers will have solved the riddle long before Rowan), but this Australian series shows signs of heading in promising directions. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A second mysterious threat to his isolated village prompts the humble herd boy introduced in Rowan of Rin (not reviewed) to prove again that a weak body can hide a hero's heart. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WIZARD OF RONDO by Emily Rodda
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Familiarity with The Key to Rondo (2008) is the only prerequisite for loving Leo's dogged perseverance, Mimi's poignant loyalty, the team's frailty and bravery and this wondrous world populated by messenger mice and a singular bedraggled chicken named Moult. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Leo and Mimi's second venture into Rondo, the world inside Leo's painted music box, provides frights, pleasures and as much poignant beauty as the first. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINDERS KEEPERS by Emily Rodda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"An amusing product of an age of game shows and wishful thinking. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An original fantasy from Australia takes middle child Patrick across the ``Barrier'' between alternate worlds to play in a strange quiz show: he's given riddles about three items lost in his own world and told to bring them back for game-show prizes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHARM BRACELET by Emily Rodda
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"The series has been running overseas for several years, and to judge from its opener, should have made the jump long ago. (final illustrations not seen) (Fiction. 7-9)"
Writing for a younger audience, the Aussie author of the "Rowan of Rin" series sends a human child to rescue a fairy land about to be overrun by, as one hysterical elf puts it, "trolls and—ogres and—goblins—and dragons—and—giants—and—monsters—and—and—." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TIMEKEEPER by Emily Rodda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
What happens when a discrepancy in time upsets parallel worlds? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POWER AND GLORY by Emily Rodda
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Not for psychoanalysts or pint-size pacifists. (Picture book. 5+)"
Quests are the stuff of fairy tales, but they also fuel many a video game. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A thoughtful tale of mistaken identity, fraud, sex, murder, and transcendent friendship."
The Prince and the Pauper gets turned on its head in this rags-to-riches thriller. Read full book review >