Search Results: "Garth Edwards"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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TAKING MATTERS INTO HER OWN HANDS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

Cover Story: Illustrative

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 4

Talky Talk: Regency Ride

Bonus Factors: Gender Swap, Magic

Relationship Status: Let’s Be Friends

Cover Story: Illustrative

Although there’s a lot going on here, I really like all of it. Each little piece speaks to something within the story, and hints at the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NEWT'S EMERALD by Garth Nix
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Slight but entertaining; even hobbled by cautious storytelling, it should satisfy genre fans. (Regency fantasy. 12-15)"
An author known for his imaginative worldbuilding tackles fantasy Regency romance. Read full book review >

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FROGKISSER! by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Great fun with heart. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Princess Anya goes questing to fulfill a promise to her sister. Read full book review >

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JOHNNY CASH by Garth Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2004

"An episode of 'Behind the Music' would tell you more about Johnny Cash than this lazy rehash."
Barely six months after the country singer's death, a superficial biography by music writer Campbell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A luminous, searing exploration of desire, alienation, and the powerful tattoo of the past."
The life of an American expat living in Bulgaria intersects repeatedly with that of a young gay hustler in this gorgeous debut novel from Greenwell. Read full book review >

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UNNATURAL SELECTIONS by Wallace Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An imaginary zoo that will set readers to chortling. (key to smaller creatures) (Picture book. 6-8)"
A gallery of chimerical critters that Darwin himself would be hard put to justify. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAINTED CIRCUS by Wallace Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Enhanced by a surprise or two in the page corners, this offers plenty of potential for enjoyable browsing. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Illustrated in rococo, circus-poster style, the 22 acts presented in this gallery each feature a visual effect or illusion, introduced by florid commentary from mouse ringmaster P.T. Vermin. 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 >