Search Results: "Geoff Taylor"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DOOMSPELL by Cliff McNish
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"An opportunity for a sequel is provided at the end—an attractive option for those who care more for pyrotechnics than characters. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A monumental battle of good versus evil pits children against an ancient witch outcast from earth. Read full book review >

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WOLF BROTHER by Michelle Paver
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"By the end, readers will have a real feeling for what life in the wild must have been like, and will be looking forward to Torak's further exploits. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Grandiose series title aside, this first of a projected six episodes makes a muddled but strong start, pitting its young stone-age protagonist against a ravening, ensorcelled bear. Read full book review >

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OUTCAST by Michelle Paver
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Paver moves her cast along, springs major revelations and brings everything around right in the end, but the plot's most dramatic elements (notably a major flood that is over in half a page) take a back seat to character development. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The fourth episode in this prehistoric epic pitches young spirit-walker Torak into a struggle to keep his multiple "souls" out of the clutches of the power-mad Viper Mage. Read full book review >

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INCREDIBLE PLANTS by Barbara Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 1997

"Think of the book as science for the eyes, a companion volume to more competent texts that forge links between what readers are looking at and what they should be seeing. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
Glossily photographed, highly detailed, three-dimensional models seem to leap out at readers in this entry in the Inside Guide series. Read full book review >

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FAT BOY VS. THE CHEERLEADERS by Geoff Herbach
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 6, 2014

"A funny popcorn read with more fiber than empty calories. (Fiction. 13-17)"
When the dance team purloins the band's funding, a fat boy fights back. Read full book review >

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I'M WITH STUPID by Geoff Herbach
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"A memorable character from an author worth watching. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A football star copes with his father's suicide. Read full book review >

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NOTHING SPECIAL by Geoff Herbach
Released: May 1, 2012

"If Herbach had avoided playing narrative games and just run with his story, this might have been something special. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Over the course of a cataclysmically awful trip, Felton Reinstein journals for his girlfriend about breakthroughs in his familial relationships. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 11, 2007

"An easy, entertaining read, perfect for plane rides and road trips."
A Belfast travel writer and his Scottish sidekick take a lighthearted ride up the 16,500-mile Pan-American Highway. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2008

"Contains a number of intriguing, new details that diminish the standing of those who drove Nixon from office."
A Nixon White House staffer revisits Watergate and deems it principally "a highly partisan political maneuver led by, and for the benefit of, Teddy Kennedy." Read full book review >

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FLESH GUITAR by Geoff Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 1999

"A deft entertainment, bright, surprising, and, in its consideration of the impact of popular music on our imaginations, quite penetrating."
The wildly inventive Nicholson (Bleeding London, 1997, etc.) exuberantly lives up to his reputation with this witty, ingenious fable about a rock-and-roll guitarist. Read full book review >

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253 by Geoff Ryman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1998

"TRY IT!"
An inventive parody of information retrieval, by the ever-amazing author of, among others, Was (1992), a revisionist modern version of The Wizard of Oz. Read full book review >

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THE FOOD CHAIN by Geoff Nicholson
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Spicy fare, though some may find the aftertaste disagreeable."
Kinky food and sex games are the stuff of this high-energy black comedy from the British Nicholson, his fifth novel but first US publication. Read full book review >