Search Results: "Freya Blackwood"


BOOK REVIEW

IVY LOVES TO GIVE by Freya Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Right on target for young children, this offering seamlessly captures the world of a toddler and presents a nice blend of humor and warmth along with an affectionate acceptance of the learning process and a most satisfying finale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ivy is a particularly generous toddler who is learning where things belong. Read full book review >

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BLACKWOOD by Gwenda Bond
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Readers will be lost, indeed. (Speculative fiction. 13 & up)"
The only mystery here is how one of America's oldest unsolved events—the Lost Colony of Roanoke—becomes tedious in this piece of speculative fiction. Read full book review >

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FREYA by Matthew Laurence
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 14, 2017

"Like a Rick Riordan-Terry Pratchett mashup, this series debut blends philosophy (free will, destiny, faith), humor, multidimensional characters, and a fast-moving, well-constructed plot into a compulsively entertaining read. (Fantasy. 15-18)"
The sinister Finemdi Corp. accumulates deities, securing their cooperation by promising them worshipers; the Norse goddess of love, war, and magic wants to know why. Read full book review >

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FREYA by Anthony Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"With its busy plot, its drinking and smoking, its crisp wit and contemporary soundtrack (Peggy Lee, 'Winter Weather,' etc.), Quinn's novel delivers evocative, high-quality entertainment that may well leave readers hoping for a sequel."
In 1950s England, an unconventional young woman develops her reputation as a bold journalist while cherishing—and sometimes forfeiting—a profound female friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLLY AND MAE by Danny Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Lively and lovely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A friendship is formed, nearly lost, and re-established on a long train journey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAUDIE AND BEAR by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"There's fascinating aesthetic composition here, if the relationship doesn't distract. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Picture books are full of odd-couple friendships, plenty of which feature a bear; this example stands out in splendid composition and an unsettling dynamic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HALF A WORLD AWAY by Libby Gleeson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The theme of friendship and separation is an enduring one, important to young children, and will prompt discussions of friendship, moving away and geography. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Preschoolers Amy and Louie are best friends. Read full book review >

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THE TREASURE BOX by Margaret Wild
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2017

"A poignant and accessible story about the importance of the survival of a people's history as well as of the people themselves. Excellent. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The enemy bombs the library, and Peter's father saves a beloved book in an iron box just before his people are forced to flee the war in his country. Read full book review >

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HARRY & HOPPER by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Tasteful, affecting and never maudlin. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young boy's journey of grief. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLANCY & MILLIE AND THE VERY FINE HOUSE by Libby Gleeson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Cozy and sweetly empathetic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Fanciful and reassuring, this quietly charming Australian import examines universal experiences and emotions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TWO BLANKETS by Irena Kobald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An amazingly lovely import from Australia. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A girl her auntie used to call Cartwheel must flee from a land of war to a place where they can be safe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HER MOTHER’S FACE by Roddy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Poignant. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In Doyle's first picture book, a girl matures in the shadow of grief. Read full book review >