Search Results: "François Place"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WRECK OF THE ZANZIBAR by Michael Morpurgo
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Laura takes an active role in the rescue; her courage lights up a small, tidy drama. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A great-aunt's childhood diary opens a window to the past in this introspective, deeply felt story by Morpurgo (The War of Jenkins' Ear, p. 1284, etc.). Read full book review >

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TOBY AND THE SECRETS OF THE TREE by Timothée de Fombelle
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A mess, but a spectacular one. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
A Lilliputian world yields sharp political satire in this adventure fable, sequel to Toby Alone (2009). Read full book review >

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TOBY ALONE by Timothée de Fombelle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Witty, original and devastatingly entertaining. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
An adventurous fable stars a miniscule hero facing massive ordeals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLACE VALUE by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"When paired with adult guidance, a 'valuable' look at place value. (Math picture book. 5-8)"
Adler tackles yet another difficult math concept using simple language and an excellent comparison. Read full book review >

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NO PLACE by Todd Strasser
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"For similar themes with less of a problem-novel vibe, try Sarah Dooley's lovely Body of Water (2011); nonetheless, Dan's experience with middle-class poverty is accessible and timely. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Dan is middle-class and college-bound, but that won't keep the global recession from taking his home. Read full book review >

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FAITHFUL PLACE by Tana French
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 2010

"Though French (The Likeness, 2009, etc.) plies readers with dark and stormy clichés, the charming narrative will leave readers begging for a sequel."
An Irish undercover cop delves into his working-class past. Read full book review >

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PLACE NAMES by Jean Ricardou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2007

"Fiction about the essence of fiction challenges the reader to distinguish between what's allegory and what's arbitrary."
This novel in the guise of a travel guide might intrigue literary theorists but will likely exasperate readers looking for plot, character, motivation and meaning. Read full book review >

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PLACE HACKING by Michael J. Rosen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"From the cockamamie (extreme ironing) to daredevilry (rooftopping) to a fine day out (catacomb rambling), a taste of unbridled adventure for everyone. (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
A hodgepodge of adventuring activities designed for urban settings gathered under the rubric "hacking," as in the old sense of "play[ing] a sophisticated practical joke on a community," though considerably more inclusive here. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Jackson Place by John H. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2014

"An artfully rendered, suspenseful look at an imaginary turn in Nixon's presidency."
A historical novel that cleverly postulates an alternate reality in which President Richard Nixon refuses to resign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWAN PLACE by Augusta Trobaugh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Proof that the Midwest isn't the only source of corn: a readable and amiable tale that just becomes too sweet after a while."
Another southern yarn, as sweet as candied yams, from Trobaugh (Sophie and the Rising Sun, 2001, etc.), this time about a girl trying to keep her orphaned family together. Read full book review >