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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PERSEUS by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

With customary flair, McCaughrean retells the tale of Perseus, from the liaison of his imprisoned mother Danaë with Zeus (as a golden shower) through his decapitation of Medusa, marriage to lovely Andromeda, all "white and gold and flashing lapis lazuli," and final inadvertent killing of his grandfather, King Acrisius. 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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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 >

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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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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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SMILE! by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2006

"Exquisitely told; fascinatingly seductive. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A fast-paced opener finds Flash, photographer-pilot, plummeting to the earth, cushioned by trees and thrown out of the cockpit, while flames gobble up his plane upon final impact. Read full book review >

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HOW THE REINDEER GOT THEIR ANTLERS by Geraldine McCaughrean
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"A splendid holiday tale, at once grand and appealing—but not so much about how the reindeer were given their antlers, as how they came to be so proud of them. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A misleading title is the only stumble in this orotund, beguilingly illustrated original tale, a children's-book debut for Holland. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN HOARD by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Brief, nonspecific source notes are appended. (Folklore. 10-13)"
McCaughrean (The Odyssey, 1995, etc.) makes good on the subtitle—``Myths and Legends of the World''—with 22 exploits by the likes of Coyote, the Polynesian trickster Maui, Robin Hood, and St. Read full book review >