Search Results: "F.E. Higgins"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLACK BOOK OF SECRETS by F.E. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The parts don't hang together at all, but readers may enjoy many of them individually. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Higgins's Dickensian debut features an opening scene that is both literally and figuratively gripping, plus an intriguing premise—but only about a short story's worth of plot, and that's riddled with gaps of logic. Read full book review >

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THE LUNATIC'S CURSE by F.E. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Readers with strong stomachs and a taste for melodramatic narratives bedizened with words like 'tenebrous' and 'mephitic' will devour this yarn with relish. So to speak. (Gothic fantasy. 11-13)"
More luridly gothic deeds and schemes, set near the locales of the author's Eyeball Collector (2009), Bone Magician (2008) and Black Book of Secrets (2007). Read full book review >

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THE EYEBALL COLLECTOR by F.E. Higgins
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

In what the author dubs a "polyquel" that partially bridges her Black Book of Secrets (2007) and its prequel Bone Magician (2008), Higgins sends a suddenly penniless young orphan from the filthy streets of Urbs Umida's South Side to an extravagantly rococo estate house in search of vengeance for his family's ruin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BONE MAGICIAN by F.E. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Further episodes may bring some plot resolution—but don't bet on it. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Loosely linked by references and cameos to The Black Book of Secrets (2007), this "paraquel" spins its wheels through the muck-encrusted streets of Urbs Umida, dropping both corpses and more Dickensian-style characters into the mix. Read full book review >

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TALLAHASSEE HIGGINS by Mary Downing Hahn
Released: March 23, 1987

"Despite its flaws, a page-turner with a well-drawn protagonist."
Liz was hardly more than a child herself when her daughter Tallahassee was born; 12 years later she still thinks like a teen-ager, a bitter fact that her daughter finally accepts after her first winter away from her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIGGINS HOLE by Kevin Boreen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Steer clear. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A middle-grade undersea fantasy angles to be a comical clambake but reels in only a damp debacle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1974

"Hamilton is at her best here; the soaring but firmly anchored imagery, the slant and music of everyday speech, the rich and engaging characters and warm, tough, wary family relationships, the pervasive awareness of both threat and support connected with the mountain — all mesh beautifully in theme and structure to create a sense of organic belonging."
Virginia Hamilton goes home again to the hill country, where Sarah's mountain has belonged to M.C.'s family ("and them to it") ever since an ancestor fleeing slavery settled there with her infant. Read full book review >

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THE LOBSTER AND IVY HIGGINS by Nancy Buss
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"Skippable. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ivy Higgins, also called ``Poison Ivy,'' ``Fish Breath,'' and ``Shark Spit'' because her father owns a fish market, is taunted by Jerome Flensted and his friends even when she reveals that she has a 27-pound pet lobster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOOEY HIGGINS AND THE SHARK by Steve Voake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Fast-paced fun. (Chapter book. 7-12)"
Best friends Hooey and Twig go to great lengths to raise money to buy a giant chocolate egg. Read full book review >

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The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 31, 2013

"Piques curiosity for the next installment, but too much detail stalls the action."
The wrath of deep-space gods imperils human existence in this fantasy sequel. Read full book review >

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HIGGINS BEND SONG AND DANCE by Jacqueline B. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Some of the townspeople look quite goofy, but they also look familiar, in a tale clearly fished from American waters. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A meaty tale of the quest for an uncatchable fish named Oscar is told in folksy, irresistible language. Read full book review >

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HOOEY HIGGINS AND THE TREMENDOUS TROUSERS by Steve Voake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Lots of laughs and hijinks make this fast-paced series great for readers with a sophisticated funny bone. (Chapter book. 7-11)"
Best buddies Hooey and Twig are back, this time competing in a contest to invent something that will make the world a safer place. Read full book review >