Search Results: "Gary Cook"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST SATURDAY EVER! by Gary Cook
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2013

"Low-key but amiable; still, the terrible verse makes this a no-go. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a storm rolling in and the power shorting out, a young boy finds a new source of entertainment in Cook's salute to the imagination. Read full book review >

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PAINTING THE STORY OF A SONG WITH CHARLOTTE RILEY-WEBB
by Julie Danielson

Gary Golio’s newest picture book is, in many ways, the biography of a song. Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb, tells the story of how Holiday and Abel Meeropol—the son of Jewish immigrants, who was himself outraged by discrimination against African Americans in the 1930s—joined forces to create one of the ...


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FINDING BASQUIAT'S HUMANITY WITH JAVAKA STEPTOE
by Julie Danielson

The year 2016 has been a long and arduous one for many, so somehow it seems like an eternity ago to recall Spring, when I rounded up here at Kirkus some of Fall 2016’s best picture books, ones that I thought would make a splash when their time came. One of them was Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe’s biography of the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

REMEMBER by Eileen Cook
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A rehash of the memory-loss trope weighed down by too little action and an unengaging protagonist. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
After suffering a major loss, one girl utilizes her father's new memory-erasing technology to ease the pain only to spiral down a rabbit hole of shocking family secrets. Read full book review >

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FIRE AND FORGET by Bob Cook
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

Cook, who has carved out a niche for himself with his charmingly whimsical spy capers (Paper Chase, Disorderly Elements), now stretches thin an oft-used premise-the HAL-like computer gone amok—in this tale of FATS, the first "fully autonomous tactical satellite." Read full book review >

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THE HANGING GIRL by Eileen Cook
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A twisty but ultimately perplexing mystery. (Mystery. 14-18)"
A fake psychic gets involved in a fake kidnapping. Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD GIRLS by Méira Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1999

"But where Thomas was determined to penetrate to the heart of his mystery, Cook seems equally set on preserving her mystery all inviolate."
Canadian poet Cook debuts with a teasing, lyrical inquest into a modern case of stigmata. Read full book review >

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THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB by Claire Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2009

"Predictable and blandly cozy."
Unremarkable sixth novel from Cook (Summer Blowout, 2008, etc.), who seems to specialize in stories of middle-aged women crossing the sandpits that are their lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"Hardheaded rationalists will likely take this with a shakerful of salt, but technology enthusiasts, aviation buffs, and UFO watchers should find it fascinating."
When Nazis, flying saucers, and government conspiracies figure in a single narrative, you've got the makings of either a crackpot manifesto or an intriguing work of scientific speculation. Thankfully, the aviation editor for Jane's Defence Weekly delivers the latter. Read full book review >

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EDGE OF THE TRIANGLE by D.H. Cook
Released: March 10, 2011

"A hit-and-miss tale of souring American dreams, this subtle, affecting take on the travails of immigrant strivers turns cartoonish and contrived when those strivers bootstrap into wealth and power."
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire anchors a generations-long family tragedy in this brooding historical melodrama. Read full book review >

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SEIZURE by Robin Cook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2003

"Typical Cook: lifeless dialogue, weak prose, and hokey plot, but a sound message: ambitious doctors and scheming politicians only increase the suffering that, deep down, both want to cure."
Public antagonists become conspirators as a medical entrepreneur performs a controversial operation on a duplicitous politician. Read full book review >