Search Results: "Gillian Philip"


BOOK REVIEW

FIREBRAND by Gillian Philip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"As ferociously compelling as Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, with which it invites comparison."
First in an otherworld fantasy trilogy, nominally for young adults, that first appeared in the U.K. in 2010, from the author of Opposite of Amber (2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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ICEFALL by Gillian Philip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"Teenage angst with bells and whistles—still, it's the formula that series regulars know and relish."
The concluding part of the Rebel Angels series (Wolfsbane, 2014, etc.) which, following a fine opening book, has slipped further downhill with each successive entry. Read full book review >

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BLOODSTONE by Gillian Philip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Demanding, sometimes unreasonably so, but on balance, worth the effort."
Second in the Rebel Angels series (Firebrand, 2013), an otherworld fantasy nominally for young adults, that first appeared in the U.K. Read full book review >

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WOLFSBANE by Gillian Philip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2014

"Exhausting."
Third in the Rebel Angels series (Bloodstone, 2013, etc.), an otherworld fantasy nominally for young adults, which first appeared in the U.K. Read full book review >

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BE AN ACCOMPLICE
by Michelle Martin

In Philip Nel’s newly published monograph Was the Cat in the Hat Black?, he concludes his intriguing analysis of the insidious and steadfast presence of racism in children’s literature historically with a manifesto, a concrete list of “action items” that children’s-literature professionals can do to start to make the genre an inclusive one. Point No. 11 of the manifesto is ...


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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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READING ACROSS THE COUNTRY MAINE
by Leila Roy

One of the funny things about living in a state nicknamed ‘Vacationland’—especially living near the coast—is that, for locals, a huge part of summertime is about avoiding the tourist-heavy spots. You know, like the beach.

So, rather than actually leaving our houses and enjoying these lovely, lovely days in public, a large percentage of us Year-Rounders do quite a lot ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE CHRISTMAS DONKEY by Gillian McClure
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The gifted illustrator of several of her father Paul Coltman's books (Witch Watch, 1989) relates a simple tale of her own, one with unusual resonance. Read full book review >

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NEW BOOKS I'M WATCHING FOR IN MAY 2017
by Leila Roy

Last week, I covered a few of the May YA romances I’m excited about—and last month, I covered Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy—but there are even MORE May books that I’m looking forward to!

Here are thirteen of them:

It's Not Like It's a Secret, by Misa Sugiura

Lots of things change for sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara when her father ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"A gripping page-turner that begs for the next volume. (Fantasy. YA)"
Cross steps up the pace and urgency in this gravely suspenseful second installment. Read full book review >

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GOLDEN GIRL by Gillian Chan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The layers of his rich family life and the turning point in his own development make the story a standout in an otherwise serviceable collection. (Short stories. 11-15)"
A high school in Canada provides the setting for tales of misfits and outsiders who appear in each other's stories throughout this collection. Read full book review >

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FOXSPELL by Gillian Rubinstein
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Readers will find the fantastic aspects of the character's journey satisfying and be sobered by the metaphor of a young boy who survives contemporary family life only by becoming an animal. (Fiction. 10+)"
A 12-year-old boy confronts the disintegration of his family by transforming himself into a fox in this striking novel from Rubinstein (Galax-Arena, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >