Search Results: "Gary Blackwood"


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 >

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GARY by Leila Rudge
Kirkus Star
by Leila Rudge, illustrated by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A racing pigeon who can't fly dreams of travel but ultimately finds—and shares—his own way to adventure. Read full book review >

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BUCKET'S LIST by Gary Blackwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Blackwood turns from juvenile fiction (Just-So Woman, 2006, etc.) to a new series starring a Victorian sleuth as good-hearted as he is shrewd."
An ex-copper seeks his lover's killer in the London underworld. Read full book review >

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 100 DAYS by Gary Blackwood
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"The synthesis makes for a thrilling, thoroughly road-worthy joy ride. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
It's 1891, and young Harry Fogg's obsession with automobiles has landed him in jail. Read full book review >

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MYSTERIOUS MESSAGES by Gary Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Writing with the same animation that infuses his other accounts of historical enigmas and events (Perplexing People, 2006, etc.), Blackwood plunges into the history of codes and ciphers, cryptograms, nomenclators and steganography. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"The solid bibliography, end notes and guide to websites will take interested readers further. (index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The automobile had only been around for two decades and was seen as no more than "an ingenious toy" when, in 1908, the French paper Le Matin and the New York Times co-sponsored a New York-to-Paris auto race. Read full book review >

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CURIOSITY by Gary Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2014

"A thrilling look at the 19th-century age of automata—'a time of curiosity-seekers'—and the riveting story of a likable Philadelphia boy whose life of the mind helps him transcend his extraordinary, oft-cruel circumstances. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Twelve-year-old Rufus Goodspeed is dangerously good at chess. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE HANGMAN by Gary Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Disappointingly, Washington never does turn up, but readers will be swept along by this what if? adventure, and will find Franklin's philosophy as applicable today as ever. (afterword) (Fiction. 11-13)"
A wastrel-in-training finds cause, and a Cause, to mend his ways in this alternate history from the author of Shakespeare's Scribe (2000). Read full book review >

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SHAKESPEARE’S SPY by Gary Blackwood
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Peppered like its predecessors with hilarious wordplay and real stagecraft, with historical incidents woven into a complex but expertly controlled plot, this new act will draw enthusiastic ovations from fans, theatergoers, or otherwise. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Street-waif-turned-actor Widge stumbles into adolescence as he makes a third entrance onto the vividly rendered stage of Elizabethan London's "backstreets and snickleways." Read full book review >

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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 >

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SECOND SIGHT by Gary Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Blackwood draws almost exclusively upon historical people and events, sets them in the most vivid evocation of the time and place since Jennifer Armstrong's Dreams of Mairhe Mehan (1999) and caps his mesmerizing thriller with a stunning twist. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
More brilliantly re-envisioned history from the author of Year of the Hangman (2002), this time set in brawling, bustling Civil War Washington. Read full book review >

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SHAKESPEARE’S SCRIBE by Gary Blackwood
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A first-rate tale, with a strong cast and plenty of insight into stagecraft and the art of acting. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Every bit as brawling and vigorous as its prequel, The Shakespeare Stealer (1998), this takes young Widge, apprentice actor, on tour with Shakespeare's own Chamberlain's Men, to meet challenges to life and livelihood while unearthing clues to his hidden past. Read full book review >