Search Results: "Frederic S. Durbin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STAR SHARD by Frederic S.  Durbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2011

"Plot and characters are fine (though stock), but they can't overcome the credulity-straining setup. (sheet music with lyrics) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Mediocre fantasy fare buckles under a preposterous physical setting. Read full book review >

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DEAD MAN'S RAPIDS by William Durbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Fine historical fiction that will successfully transport readers into an out-of-the-ordinary time and place. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the north woods of 1899 Minnesota, young teens Ben and Nevers, both white, become the assistants to a quirky German immigrant, log-drive cook Sard, in this sequel to Blackwater Ben (2003). Read full book review >

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THE DARKEST EVENING by William Durbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Readers will learn an important side of 20th-century history as they root for Jake. (Fiction. 10-14)"
At the height of the Depression, when it seemed capitalism had failed, "Karelian fever" spread among Finnish-American communities in the northern US and Canada. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WINTER WAR by William Durbin
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Those who stick with it will likely not forget this portrayal of maddening injustice and of the indomitability of the Finnish spirit during what history calls 'The Winter War.' (historical afterword, bibliography of sources for study) (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Set in Finland during the 1939 Russian invasion, this recounts a little-known war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

In the My Name Is America series, Durbin (Wintering, 1999, etc.) offers the story of Sean Sullivan, whose first day in Omaha, Nebraska, brings him face to face with a victim of an Indian attack; the man survived, but carries his bloody scalp in a bucket. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINTERING by William Durbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Although this story lacks the impact of the first one, it's well-written and atmospheric; with so many plot threads remaining, readers are almost assured of more adventures. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The young hero of Durbin's The Broken Blade (1997) returns in this engaging sequel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A good choice for reluctant readers and an interesting counterpart to Our Only May Amelia (1999), which gives a girl's perspective of the Finnish immigrant experience. (historical note, photos) (Fiction. 9-14)"
The latest in this series of historical diaries recounts the story of Otto Peltonen, a Finnish boy who travels with his mother and two sisters to America in 1905 to join his father, who is already working in the iron mines of Minnesota. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Captain Takes a Wife by Doris Durbin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"An enjoyable Victorian-style melodrama, although the story is slowed by logistical details."
An ex-Civil War soldier-turned-preacher aids a young woman in danger by marrying her, but their troubles aren't over. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUNAWAY WALTZ by Frederic Morton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2005

"Genuinely sentimental and stimulating on a generation's family values."
Essays on the stages of his life—boyhood in Vienna, the deracination of flight from Nazism, the trials of assimilation in New York—from one of the renowned practitioners of the form. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EL LECTOR by William Durbin
FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2006

"Filled with the uneasy spirit of Ybor City in 1931 with its emerging unions and immigrant workers, Bella's engaging story shows what can happen when people believe 'in the power of stories to enlighten and transform.' (afterword) (Fiction. 10+)"
A poor girl with a gift for storytelling refuses to surrender when her dreams and her family are threatened by labor unrest and political corruption during the Depression. Read full book review >