Search Results: "Iain Lawrence"


BOOK REVIEW

LAWRENCE by Michael Asher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Lawrence was perhaps the first international megastar of the century,' Asher suggests, and this rather narrow biography pays due homage. (49 b&w photos)"
A biography of T.E. Lawrence, of the linear narrative, pop-psychology school. Read full book review >

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THE CONVICTS by Iain Lawrence
FICTION
Released: April 12, 2005

"Brilliant writing, adventure and a likable character mired in the claustrophobic dark of a 19th-century convict ship will entrance all readers who love an old-fashioned tale well told. (author's note) (Fiction. 10+)"
In Greek mythology, Lachesis was the Fate who measured the thread of a man's life. Read full book review >

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B FOR BUSTER by Iain Lawrence
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 8, 2004

"A sure hit for fans of war stories and adventures. (maps, glossary) (Fiction. 12=)"
It's 1943 and Kak is eager to join the war. Read full book review >

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GHOST BOY by Iain Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Memorable in every way. (Fiction. YA)"
Fourteen-year-old Harold Kline is an albino and thus an outcast in his small-minded community. Read full book review >

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THE SKELETON TREE by Iain Lawrence
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Unsettling and compelling, a gripping, evocative read. (author's note) (Adventure. 8-12)"
Chris, 12, is thrilled to sail from Kodiak, Alaska, down to Vancouver, British Columbia, with Uncle Jack but surprised (and not thrilled) to discover Frank, a sullen teen, is coming, too; the boys' mutual antipathy grows even after they're shipwrecked on the wild Alaskan coast, where cooperation is a precondition for survival. Read full book review >

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THE WINTER PONY by Iain Lawrence
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"A survival story so vivid readers will want to don a warm jacket and have a comforting bowl of soup within reach. (map of explorers' routes, cast of characters, author's note, acknowledgments, about the author) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Lawrence tells the gut-wrenching tale of Englishman Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated trek to the South Pole in the first-pony voice of a white pony named James Pigg who was actually part of the expedition. Read full book review >

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THE SMUGGLERS by Iain Lawrence
Released: May 1, 1999

"The storytelling is broad but the details are fine: Lawrence has packed his tale full of vivid descriptions that are swarming with historical detail, painting as honest a picture of piracy as readers are likely to encounter. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In this companion to The Wreckers (1998), Lawrence provides more adventures on the high seas. Read full book review >

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JACOB LAWRENCE by Nancy Shroyer Howard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Unlike The Great Migration (1993), which reads like a quiet walk through a gallery accompanied by the artist, Howard's book is more like a scavenger hunt through the art itself. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Most of Lawrence's works that are covered in this book- -subtitled ``American Scenes, American Struggles''—such as The Great Migration, or the lives of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Toussaint L'Ouverture, involve a series of paintings that chronicle African-American history or create a biographical portrait. Read full book review >

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THE CASTAWAYS by Iain Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"Further sequels are likely. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
The third episode in Lawrence's early-19th-century Convicts series takes Tom Tin and his blind, ever-faithful companion Midgely from the South Seas back to London for another run-in with the quite deceptively named Mr. Goodfellow. Read full book review >

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GEMINI SUMMER by Iain Lawrence
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"Lively prose, quirky characters and strong dialogue animate this moving story of a family and a boy, and an astronaut who sees the whole world as a miracle, with 'more to it all than any one person can ever understand.' (afterword, acknowledgments) (Fiction. 9-14)"
Two intertwined story threads create the fabric of this tale set in the mid-'60s, with the Vietnam War building up and Cape Canaveral offering astronauts as heroes for children in need of them. Read full book review >

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THE CANNIBALS by Iain Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"At times intense and gruesome, this is best for older readers. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-14)"
In this sequel to The Convicts (April, 2005) a tangled fate has made Tom Tin's father his jailer on a ship heading to Australia, where Tom will serve a lengthy prison term for a murder he didn't commit. Read full book review >

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THE WRECKERS by Iain Lawrence
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A rousing debut that may inspire readers to acquaint themselves with Stevenson's works. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Although it lacks the epochal resonance of the 19th-century adventure yarns—e.g., Treasure Island—that inspired it, this old- fashioned thriller has enough action, plot twists, and eerie melodrama to satisfy young enthusiasts of the genre. Read full book review >