Search Results: "Frances Watts"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SPIES OF GERANDER by Frances Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"An animated sequel that does not disappoint. (map) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
Four stalwart mice return in this second book of The Song of the Winns, risking their lives as spies to help liberate Gerander from oppressive neighboring Souris. Read full book review >

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THE MIDDLE SHEEP by Frances Watts
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Sibling conflict, animals and superheroes are all high on the interest level of young readers, making this a series to watch. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Oh, the curse of being the only child—not adorable like the baby and not smart like the older sibling! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET OF THE GINGER MICE by Frances Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"These latest mouse heroes promise more ripping, gripping mystery and adventure. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this first book of The Song of the Winns trilogy, mouse siblings try to rescue their missing brother and become perilously embroiled in political intrigue involving ginger mice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND? by Bernadette Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Listeners who enjoy old-fashioned animal stories will appreciate Watts' gentle, whimsical tone, pastoral setting and sweet conclusion, but for many, time spent poring over the pictures will be more rewarding—and enjoyable. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small group of anthropomorphized woodland creatures have a mild adventure and make a new friend (sort of) in this low-key tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SMALLEST SNOWFLAKE by Bernadette Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"If the concept is more than a bit twee, the geography inconsistent and the ending downright sappy, the pictures are imbued with their own quiet magic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
High above the geese, the snowflakes discuss where they will go. Read full book review >

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HARVEY HARE, POSTMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE by Bernadette Watts
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"What powers this book, though, are the unpretentious, elegant illustrations; Watts captures the moods of the seasons and provides the right measure of drama to prevent the story from becoming a treacly salute. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Harvey Hare embodies all the traits that make letter carriers such bricks: Nature can't throw anything at him to prevent the swift completion of his appointed rounds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STONECUTTER by Leander Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"In the end, there's lots of atmosphere, but little story here. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A young journeyman stonecutter becomes entangled in a web of emotions he cannot begin to navigate when he accepts a job from a mysterious man in this rather pointless gothic meditation set in 1835. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONS by Timothy Watts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 1993

"Despite the heavy influences, it's clear that Watts has talent to spare—and if he can find his own writing road, he could drive right into the winner's circle."
Smooth-running, finely tuned first crime novel—by a professional car mechanic. Read full book review >

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KIZZY ANN STAMPS by Jeri Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"The vivid historical setting of this short and satisfying read will leave readers feeling they have experienced life in Kizzy Ann's world. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
With the abundance of stories about a boy and his dog, it's refreshing to see a tale of a girl and her dog. Read full book review >

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TEN THOUSAND CHARMS by Leander Watts
ANIMALS
Released: May 2, 2005

"However, lean character development and scattered plot leave the reader a bit unsatisfied and even confused. (Fiction. 11+)"
As he did in Stonecutter (2002) and Wild Ride to Heaven (2003), Watts returns to the 19th-century Genesee Valley of upstate New York with another dark story laden with ominous characters and gothic imagery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2009

"Often illuminating, though the more elaborate passages may strike some as showing off."
Lyrical riffs on illness, frailty and the meaning of life, as seen through a physician's eyes. Read full book review >