Search Results: "Erin Soderberg"


BOOK REVIEW

THE QUIRKS AND THE QUIRKALICIOUS BIRTHDAY by Erin Soderberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This birthday-anxiety story is made fresh by both the twins' dynamics and the riddles. (illustrations not seen) (Fantasy. 8-11)"
The Quirk twins, about to turn 10, disagree about how to celebrate against a backdrop of magical mishaps. Read full book review >

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THE QUIRKS IN CIRCUS QUIRKUS by Erin Soderberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"More episodic catastrophes without lasting consequences, in a tale that shares a premise with, but bears only a superficial resemblance to, Ingrid Law's brilliant Savvy (2008). (illustrations not seen) (Light fantasy. 8-10)"
A family with diverse magical powers gains a surprise ally in this sequel to Welcome to Normal (2013). Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO NORMAL by Erin Soderberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"A cliffhanger ending isn't the only sour note in this series opener. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Having hastily moved 26 times, the aptly named Quirks arrive in Normal, Mich., determined to blend in—a tall order as all but nearly 10-year-old Molly have magical abilities and underdeveloped senses of responsibility. Read full book review >

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MONKEY SEE, MONKEY ZOO by Erin Soderberg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Black-and-white drawings not seen. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)"
Roll out the barrel of monkeys—no, wait, make that one spunky monkey named Willa, short for Princess Willoughby Wallaby Fluff (she wears a tiara), who has a one-day adventure, à la Bill and Ted's Excellent one, monkey style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

"May set a think-tank denizen's pulse racing, but won't do much for general readers with a concern for America's role in the world."
Unilateral big-stick carrying may seem well and good to the "hegemons" in the Bush administration, writes erstwhile Clinton advisor Soderberg, but it hasn't made the world safer or better. Read full book review >

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A HIDDEN ENEMY by Erin Hunter
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"Perfectly crafted. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Following a massive earthquake, leashed dogs and strays alike try to find a way to weather a world turned on end by the catastrophe. Read full book review >

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THE EMPTY CITY by Erin Hunter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Wild and wonderful adventure for middle-graders. (Adventure. 8-12)"
In this dog-themed series opener from the team behind the Warriors franchise, dogs must learn to face not only the results of the devastating earthquake that has turned their world upside down, but their own feelings of loyalty and independence. Read full book review >

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THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET by Erin Dionne
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

Eighth grader Hamlet (named by her Shakespeare-crazed, professorial parents) has even more than a ghastly name to deal with in the complicated script of her life. Read full book review >

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MODELS DON’T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES by Erin Dionne
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Although it's slow to gain traction and a bit too explicit in terms of life lessons learned, readers will warm to Celeste as she becomes a competitor in the Miss HuskyPeach contest, to say nothing of life itself. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fat girl, entered into a plus-size beauty contest by her interfering aunt, decides to lose weight so that she'll be too thin to compete in an event she considers to be more than mortifying. Read full book review >

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PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A haunting, chilling (but never gory or graphic) tale with a fantastic girl at its center. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Bow's debut novel takes the stuff of Disney (spunky orphaned heroine and talking animal sidekick) and uses it to tell a surprisingly dark fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Structurally solid; this will please Redwall-genre fans and cat devotees. (name chart, maps) (Fantasy. 8-11)"
This first-in-series animal adventure with a fine plot but recurring preciousness will satisfy a particular readership. Read full book review >