Search Results: "Greg Swearingen"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DRAGONS OF ORDINARY FARM by Tad Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2009

"Implausibilities and simplified stereotypes of foreigners add to this series opener's mediocrity. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
An unremarkable fantasy dabbles in several genres as contemporary kids visit a strange farm. Read full book review >

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THE SOCIETY OF DREAD by Glenn Dakin
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Despite that small flaw, the pounding action and dramatic revelations keep the pages turning, and the Candle Man's appeal burns as brightly as before. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Theo Wickland may have foiled the evildoers operating as the Society of Good Works (The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance, 2009), but a new evil is lurking deep in the tunnels: Dr. Pyre, who extinguished the original Candle Man years ago, has returned to re-ignite his reign of fear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A bright light in the fantasy genre, this debut novel will leave fans eager for further illumination. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Confined to three rooms for most of his life, Theo finds his situation radically changed after he accidentally melts a burglar on his 12th birthday. Read full book review >

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THE OUTLANDISH ADVENTURES OF LIBERTY AIMES  by Kelly Easton
ADVENTURE
Released: June 9, 2009

"Dashes of kindness and dollops of wordplay sweeten the oft-bitter pot, as do Swearingen's expressive, comical pencil illustrations. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Her name is Liberty, but she's never been allowed to leave the house in her ten years of life, not even for school. Read full book review >

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THE GIANTS AND THE JONESES by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"This reverse Jack in the Beanstalk feels like—and will be—a children's movie. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In search of legendary "iggly plops," Jumbeelia climbs down the "bimplestonk" and finds a lawn mower, a sheep and three children whom she pops into her collector's bag and takes back to Groil, her giant's world in the clouds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUINNY & HOPPER by Adriana Brad Schanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"This endearing story about true friendship should appeal equally to boys and girls. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Two 8-year-olds with opposite temperaments and personalities make friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 1995

"A portrait of one man staring into America's societal abyss shouldn't be this superficial."
A well-meaning but ultimately unsatisfying account of a priest's work with youths in the barrio of East LA. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PLANET OF THE ETERNALS by James Swearingen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Politics makes for a profound and enjoyable sci-fi tale with all the genre ingredients."
In this series opener, a teen on a newly inhabited planet fights for a way to expand a colony more organically than industrial advancement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FBI SECRETS by M. Wesley Swearingen
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

A 25-year FBI veteran makes convincing claims that the agency has been waging a secret war on the citizens of the United States for more than half a century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 20, 2008

"For a bone so well gnawed, Swearingen surprises with unexplored pockets of meat."
Ex-FBI agent and whistleblower Swearingen details his research and suspicions behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD SCHOOL by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Harmless fun that neither rocks the boat nor swings for the fences. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
The Wimpy Kid series marches on. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH GOES ON RETREAT by Carol Anne O’Marie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Full of inane conversation, paeans of praise to the scenery, and coincidence stretched to unconvincing lengths: this sixth in the series is only for the author's fondest fans."
San Francisco's Sister Mary Helen is once again embroiled in a murder case (Murder Makes a Pilgrimage, 1993, etc.), this time while on retreat at St. Read full book review >