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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

ALGERNON BLACKWOOD by Mike Ashley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Blackwood comes across as a breath of fresh—if bizarre and spooky—air, an unfettered character that Ashley captures well but thankfully doesn't tether."
British Mammoth anthologist Ashley (The Mammoth Book of Fantasy, p. 1252, etc.) resurrects the wildly creative Algernon Blackwood, a master of dread and the spine-shudder. Read full book review >