Search Results: "Garth Edwards"


BOOK REVIEW

JONATHAN EDWARDS by Philip F. Gura
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Controversial, and a quick, enjoyable read. Gura will grab at least some of the audience of armchair-history-lovers that professional historians always claim they want to reach."
A gauntlet-throwing biography of the 18th-century minister and theologian who's in the pantheon of great American intellectuals, along with Thomas Jefferson, W.E.B. DuBois, and the James brothers. Read full book review >

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GLEN EDWARDS by Daniel Ford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 1998

"Edwards's own words are skillfully interwoven with Ford's, offering a richly detailed account of postwar aviation—and the infant years of the military-industrial complex. (photos, not seen)"
The fascinating diary of the WWII bomber and postwar test pilot (after whom Edwards Air Force Base was named) placed into context by Ford, a contributing editor at Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine. Read full book review >

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SECRETS OF MERCY HALL by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Like the first episode, thoroughly predictable and free from more than momentary suspense or danger—but quick of pace at least, and unchallenging of language. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Economic woes force the Victorian-era orphans of Mercy Hall into a second expedition to the technologically advanced land beyond their magical hedge (Escape from Mercy Hall, 2012). This time they return with not only more treasure, but jet packs too! Read full book review >

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SHIPWRECKED by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"This uninspired offering fails to compete well with other fantasies for young readers. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Exploring the wide world, pixies get into a bundle of troubles in this outing for readers already successfully into chapter books. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM MERCY HALL by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The action never lets up, but readers are likely to come away from this trilogy opener more confused than intrigued. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Three orphans pass through a tall hedge and find themselves in a world of advanced (to them) technology and carnivorous sheep. Read full book review >

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HEROES OF MERCY HALL by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"A trilogy already largely composed of off-the-shelf elements rushes to an end amid a welter of muddled plotting, meaningless technobabble and astronomical gaps in logic. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Collapsing in a tangled heap of dangling subplots and unlikely resolutions, this trilogy closer sends a group of superpowered Victorian-era orphans on one last venture to a magic land within a bubble of "light enriched zenna molecules" crafted by space aliens. Read full book review >

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GARTH PIG STEALS THE SHOW by Mary Rayner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Told with Rayner's usual brisk good humor and nicely illustrated with deftly drawn, lively, and cheerfully resourceful pigs: a funny story with just enough suspense, sure to star with groups and independent readers alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A welcome return for little Garth and his big family; here, they've formed a band and are in concert with the help of a ringer, a lavender-gowned sousaphonist easily recognized (though not by the Pigs) as a wolf. Read full book review >

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THE DEADLY 7 by Garth Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Muddled but fun, with a notably subversive premise. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
With help from seven loyal but decidedly iffy companions, 11-year-old Nelson sets out to rescue his kidnapped older sister. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN’S TREASURE by Garth Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2001

"While the story is a bit forced, the images are vintage Williams, warm and fuzzy and just right. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In 1951, beloved illustrator Williams (Stuart Little, Bedtime for Frances, the Little House books) published a novel called The Adventures of Benjamin Pink. Read full book review >

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TO HOLD THE BRIDGE by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"Not a necessary purchase, but a tasty buffet for Nix fans and a comprehensive sampler for new readers. (Fantasy/horror/science-fiction short stories. 12 & up)"
A collection of short speculative fiction showcases a hugely popular author. Read full book review >

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Released: May 15, 2012

"Space battles! Political intrigue! Engineered warriors! Techno-wizardry! Assassins! Pirates! Rebels! Duels! Secrets, lies, sex and True Love! What more can anybody ask for? (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Exuberant and insightful, this science-fiction bildungsroman grapples with the essential question: "Who am I?" Read full book review >

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CLARIEL by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A thunderstorm of a tale, bitter and brutal but dazzling in its ferocity. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Selfishness and betrayal provoke inexorable tragedy in this dark prequel to a beloved fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >