Search Results: "Greg Leitich Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

TOFU AND T. REX by Greg Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 6, 2005

"Urban students of privilege may recognize themselves; fans of the companion volume Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo might enjoy, but the few laughs won't be enough to hold the reader's attention. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eighth-grader Frederika Viktoria Murchison-Kowalski and her cousin Hans-Peter are not polar opposites, but they don't have much more in common than their Polish heritage. Read full book review >

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BORROWED TIME by Greg Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Reserve this read for serious dino fans only. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
This sequel to Chronal Engine (2012) finds Max and his friend Petra thrust into the Cretaceous. Read full book review >

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LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN by Greg Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"A close encounter that fails to engage. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Aidan's life at his family's motel gets a whole lot more interesting when aliens arrive. Read full book review >

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CHRONAL ENGINE by Greg Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2012

"Action and enthusiasm aplenty, but, like most time-travel tales, not much for internal logic. (recommended reading) (Science fiction. 10-12)"
A Back to the Future-style romp through time, though with more loose ends than a bowl of spaghetti. Read full book review >

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SANTA KNOWS by Cynthia Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The transformation of a nonbeliever on Christmas Eve is an old story, but Alfie F. Snorklepuss is a newly minted winner. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Alfie F. Snorklepuss is a sourpuss of a boy who doesn't believe in Santa Claus. Read full book review >

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SMITH by Leon Garfield
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"More Hogarth than Cruikshank, this lacks the gusto of Devil in the Fog (1966) but readers who respond to the author will follow him here."
"Smith. 'unted, 'ounded, 'omeless, and part gin-sodder. Smith. Read full book review >

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FERAL CURSE by Cynthia Leitich Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A neat, smart middle novel that clearly sets the stage for an epic showdown between those who champion the rights of shifters and those blind to their humanity. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Campy humor is paired with themes of social justice in this fast-paced, clever second volume in the Feral series. Read full book review >

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BLESSED by Cynthia Leitich Smith
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"While the novel takes its time getting started, readers who have read the first two will again be pulled into this wild and ultimately fascinating, if at times grisly, alternate universe. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
A guardian angel joins forces with an unusually humane vampire and a host of shape-shifters in this appealing melding of characters from Smith's earlier novels, Tantalize (2007) and Eternal (2009). Read full book review >

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ETERNAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Still, the pace of this entertaining romp is quick and the action plentiful—a painless, if not particularly memorable, read. (Horror. 14 & up)"
Plain Miranda ascends to the rank of vampire princess in this imaginative but somewhat underdeveloped horror-comedy. Read full book review >

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FERAL NIGHTS by Cynthia Leitich Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"It may be difficult for readers to keep track of the vast ensemble of characters, particularly if they haven't read the previous four books, but many won't care—instead they'll be wrapped up in the playful, smart tone. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Shape-shifting werepeople battle to survive on a remote island while vampires, Yeti-like creatures and other creeps hunt them for sport in this action-packed, goofy companion novel featuring secondary characters from the series that began with Tantalize (2007). Read full book review >

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DIABOLICAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"This flaw aside, fans of the first three will thrill to this latest. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
A werewolf, a guardian angel and a former vampire princess take turns narrating the fourth in this smart, playful series that began with Tantalize (2007). Read full book review >

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RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME by Cynthia Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 31, 2001

"What's amazing here is Rain's insight into her own pain, and how cleanly she uses language to contain it. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Tender, funny, and full of sharp wordplay, Smith's first novel deals with a whole host of interconnecting issues, but the center is Rain herself. Read full book review >