Search Results: "Helena Ragg-Kirkby"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Replete with both spooks and with comically cluttered illustrations, this will win many new fans. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Intrepid veteran Hetty Hyssop, her young amanuensis Tom and their moody, slime-oozing spectral associate Hugo nearly meet a fiery doom in this smoothly translated import, the second episode of four originally published in Germany. Read full book review >

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BIG BAD SHEEP by Bettina Wegenast
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"While the plot moves briskly and the small black-and-white illustrations support the text effectively, it's hard to imagine who might enjoy this odd mishmash of fairy-tale tropes and philosophical ponderings. (Fiction. 8-10)"
There's no obvious audience for this (very) odd import. Read full book review >

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THE CATALYST by Helena Coggan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Nonetheless, compelling secrets abound amid the overstuffed incoherence, and it's a page-turner for all its flaws. (Dystopian fantasy. 12-16)"
A 15-year-old English girl must prevent her post-apocalyptic world from falling into yet another civil war between magic-wielding humans and those without it. Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE RIVER by Helena McEwen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Banality and radiance combine oddly in a novel that achieves immediacy but risks claustrophobia."
The naïvely voiced, impressionistic tale of a young English art student's painful acquisition of wisdom. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE JESTER by Helena Olofsson
adapted by Helena Olofsson, illustrated by Helena Olofsson, translated by Kjersti Board
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2002

"Perhaps this version, with its emphasis more on generosity than adoration will appeal to a wider audience. (Picture book/folktale. 5-7)"
The author retells a French legend of the juggler who performs his tricks for the Madonna. Read full book review >

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UNCLE PHIL'S DINER by Helena Clare Pittman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 1998

"A charming reminiscence. (Picture book. 5-7)"
On a wintry Sunday morning, Ruthie and her papa set out to walk nine blocks through a snow storm to have breakfast at Uncle Phil's diner. Read full book review >

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THE DIAMOND MYSTERY by Martin Widmark
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 31, 2014

"Nicely paced, with just the right number of red herrings to keep readers thinking; they will hope the number 1 on the spine indicates that this is the first of many Maya and Jerry mysteries. (Mystery. 7-9)"
Jerry and Maya, classmates and friends, spend their spare time solving mysteries in their hometown of Pleasant Valley in this Swedish import. Read full book review >

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Defender of Jerusalem by Helena P. Schrader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans of the genre will find much to treasure in this action-ready, if occasionally simplified, historical depiction."
Schrader (Knight of Jerusalem, 2014, etc.) delivers the second book in a historical fiction trilogy about12th-century crusader Balian d'Ibelin.Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A viable, enjoyable dance resource."
In this first volume of a two-part series, a husband and wife step up with choreography and original piano compositions for fun group dancing. Read full book review >