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

MNEME’S PLACE by Glenn P. Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2011

"Digressive, with its best points lost in the excesses."
A disenchanted TV writer withdraws into the recesses of his mind to escape the pressures of day-to-day life and pen his memoirs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANKIE’S PLACE by Jim Sterba
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2003

"The perfect summer read about an exceptional summer destination."
Journalist Sterba (Wall Street Journal) glowingly recalls Mount Desert, a Maine island where he and his wife, writer Frances FitzGerald, spend their summers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECRET PLACE by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Rand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Luminous watercolors juxtapose the concrete and smoke of warehouses and wharves in an evocative and deeply satisfying work. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bunting (Train to Somewhere, p. 65, etc.) writes about a small boy who discovers a secret place—a small patch of wildlife—at night in the river that runs through a cacophonous, polluted urban center—"Close by is a freeway where cars and trucks boom, and a railroad track with freight trains that shunt and grunt." 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >