Search Results: "Heather Ostler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHAPESHIFTER'S SECRET by Heather Ostler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 2012

"Imagination stifled by inexperience. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
This new take on shapeshifters, people who can morph into animals, suffocates under an avalanche of unskillful prose in a heartfelt story that screams for better editing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 2005

"Always challenging, always instructive—at times, even startling or revolutionary. The issues and concerns and discoveries here merit far wider attention than this sometimes turgid text will attract. (maps and charts throughout)"
A dense but enlightening account of how the world's written languages were born, how they spread and changed, how some weakened and died, how others thrived. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Ostler's erudition may occasionally lead readers into impenetrable thickets of explication, but his enthusiasm for the subject is infectious."
The cultural, religious and scholastic history of the Latin language—2,500 years of a paradise won and lost. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Ostler does not assume specialist knowledge, but he does assume that his readers share his gargantuan and voluptuary appetite for words, languages and history."
A bracing history of lingua francas and their dynamic variation, with a focus on the perfect wave that International English is riding—toward a wipeout, predicts Foundation for Endangered Languages founder Ostler (Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2015

"Lively and revealing discussion of a battle that seems likely to continue as long as English is spoken."
Since Colonial times, Americans have taken grammar as a touchstone of social and educational status. Linguist and former librarian Ostler (Slinging Mud: Rude Nicknames, Scurrilous Slogans, and Insulting Slang from Two Centuries of American Politics, 2011, etc.) provides a history of the struggles over our language.Read full book review >

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SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Cover Story: Motel California
BFF Charm: Goose and Maverick
Swoonworthy Scale:
 10
Talky Talk: She Says, He Remembers
Bonus Factors:
 Semper Fi, Depiction of Poverty, Kitschy Motel
Relationship Status: Take My Breath Away

 

Cover Story: Motel California

Thank you, Henry Holt and Co., for resisting the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE VIEW FROM WHO I WAS by Heather Sappenfield
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Beautifully written—but after such polished, elegant storytelling, the end feels like a betrayal. (Fiction. 13-16)"
She's beautiful, popular, athletic, brilliant, rich and in love—yet Oona Antunes feels herself divide into two selves at the Winter Formal on the night she takes her own life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXQUISITE CAPTIVE by Heather Demetrios
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers will wish they had a jinni to grant them the next book in the series. (Fantasy. 15 & up)"
Nalia lives in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, a glittering world of parties and fast cars. She can have anything she wants—except her freedom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HALFLINGS by Heather Burch
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"In the end, readers will be left scratching their heads wondering what actually happened and, worse, whether they even care. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
If this novel were a holiday, it would undoubtedly be New Year's Eve—full of the promise of fun and romance, but a whopping disappointment in the end. Read full book review >

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FALLEN ANGEL by Heather Terrell
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"An abrupt ending with unanswered questions leaves room for a sequel. (Supernatural romance. YA)"
Ellspeth Faneuil has been hiding her flying dreams and the "flashes" of people's inner thoughts she receives when she touches them. Read full book review >

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ENTWINED by Heather Dixon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2011

"This charming, romantic story, told with a light touch, will appeal to older preteens on up. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
This retelling of "The 12 Dancing Princesses" includes all the familiar elements of the Grimms' fairy tale while adding detail and exciting events—with consummate panache. Read full book review >

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THE FISH IN ROOM 11 by Heather Dyer
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Readers will enjoy meeting these clear-cut characters, all of whom get just what they deserve—or better. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Dyer debuts with an amiable rags-to-riches tale featuring a foundling lad who makes unusual friends on the way to winkling out his past. Read full book review >