Search Results: "Geraldine McCaughrean"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DEATH-DEFYING PEPPER ROUX by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

Poor Pepper Roux (his nickname "le pauvre," or "pitiful one," was confused at school with "poivre," French for "pepper") has been waiting for death for as long as he can remember. Read full book review >

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ODYSSEUS by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

The much-honored McCaughrean opens a series featuring heroes of antiquity with a characteristically rousing retelling of The Odyssey. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: May 17, 2011

"This one has a bit of a Huck Finn feel, and those readers who like their adventures with heavy doses of plot twists and tomfoolery will be smitten. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A companion to the achingly effervescent prairie epic Stop the Train! (2003). Read full book review >

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THESEUS by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Young readers of Robert Byrd's Hero and the Minotaur (p. 768) will enjoy the fuller story here, and those who wonder why the ancient heroes are worth knowing will be richly answered. (Mythology. 10-12)"
McCaughrean rounds off her four volume "Heroes" series with Hercules (ISBN: 0-8126-2737-7, $15.95) and this rendition of Theseus's larger-than-life feats and foibles. Read full book review >

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THE STONES ARE HATCHING by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Despite the distracting family subplot, not since William Mayne's Hob and the Goblins (1994) has the Old Magic risen in the modern world with such resounding menace. (Fiction. 11-13)"
McCaughrean (Pirate's Son, 1999, etc.) sends a lad through as fine an array of malign faeries, usteys, corn wives, soul-stealing merrows, skinless muckelavees, and other deadly bogles as ever lurked in Celtic folklore, in hopes of slaying a dragon literally "half the size of Wales." Read full book review >

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GRANDMA CHICKENLEGS by Geraldine McCaughrean
Released: Oct. 15, 1999

"This is a rousing alternative to Nonny Hogrogian's subdued Vasilisa the Beautiful (1970) or Mariana Mayer's coldly elegant Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave (1994). (Picture book/folklore. 7-10)"
The familiar tale of a child surviving a visit to Baba Yaga's chicken-legged abode has never been told with more gusto. Read full book review >

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THE PIRATE'S SON by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The entire yarn is larger than life, and readers will be enthralled from the first line. (Fiction. 12-15)"
McCaughrean (The Bronze Cauldron, p. 661, etc.) swashes buckles with the best in this rousing tale of two British orphans stranded among Madagascar pirates with a pirate captain's troubled son. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE DARKNESS by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

A teenager's coming of age undergoes particularly harsh annealing in this intense, inwardly focused survival tale. Read full book review >

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CYRANO by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"While Rostand's play was written in rhyming verse, McCaughrean's exquisite prose gives readers a more in-depth look at the characters' thoughts and feelings, making Cyrano's panache more accessible to today's teens and even adults. (Fiction. 13+)"
Having revisited everyone from Gilgamesh to Hercules to Noah and even Peter Pan, McCaughrean turns her considerable talent to another fascinating figure: Cyrano de Bergerac. Read full book review >

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NOT THE END OF THE WORLD by Geraldine McCaughrean
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"It will sweep readers away. (Fiction. 12+)"
A masterpiece from a gifted storyteller presents the tale of Noah and the Great Flood as anything but a joyride. Read full book review >

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STOP THE TRAIN! by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Though Enid, Oklahoma, was the inspiration of this story, it's the story of many prairie towns, and a story that will engage young readers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Florence, Oklahoma, didn't really exist. Read full book review >

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THE KITE RIDER by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"Fast-paced and densely plotted, absorbing, and at times even hilarious. (Fiction. 11-15)"
An ancient—and terrifying—maritime practice becomes the impetus for a cracking good adventure story set in 13th-century China, after the Mongol conquest. Read full book review >