Search Results: "Garth Stein"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2008

"Pointedly inspirational."
Stein (How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, 2005, etc.) uses a dog as narrator to clever effect in this tear-jerker about an aspiring race-car driver who suffers more woes than Job but never mistreats his dog. Read full book review >

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HOW EVAN BROKE HIS HEAD AND OTHER SECRETS by Garth Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"An unconvincing second outing (after Raven Stole the Moon, 1998)."
Here's what happens when an epileptic rock musician tries his hand at single parenting. Read full book review >

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A SUDDEN LIGHT by Garth Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A repetitive, poorly conceived work of pulp fiction. Frankly, we're stumped."
This monotonous multigenerational tale of a family and its timber empire will have the reader sawing logs in no time. Read full book review >

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RAVEN STOLE THE MOON by Garth Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"At best, more pleasing than profound."
Ingratiating, mildly spooky thriller debut about feckless yuppies whose mythic escapades with creepy Tlingit bogeymen lead to romance and redemption. Read full book review >

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ENZO'S VERY SCARY HALLOWEEN by Garth Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2016

"Though his story is a bit wordy (but well-suited to a read-aloud), few will be able to resist Enzo's charm. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Traffic may not daunt the race car-chasing dog, but Halloween certainly does. 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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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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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 >

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ABHORSEN by Garth Nix
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This one is breathtaking, bittersweet, and utterly unforgettable. (Fiction. YA)"
Nix (Lirael, 2001, etc.) brings his trilogy to a literally earth-shattering conclusion. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2005

"Fans will eagerly anticipate this volume and find a nice range of writing from one of the leading fantasy writers at work today. (introduction) (Fiction. 12+)"
The opening story of this collection, a 90-page novella, is the lure for the many fans of Nix's The Abhorsen Trilogy—Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen. Read full book review >

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SHADE'S CHILDREN by Garth Nix
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"The author pulls off a happy ending without straining credibility largely through the characters' sacrifice—a satisfying end to an action-adventure with uncommon appeal outside the genre. (Fiction. 12-14)"
This novel from Nix (Sabriel, 1995, not reviewed) combines plenty of comic-book action in a sci-fi setting to produce an exciting read. 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 >