Search Results: "Iain Lawrence"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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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 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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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 SÉANCE by Iain Lawrence
FANTASY
Released: July 8, 2008

"Drawing from several true stories, Lawrence has crafted an elaborate, fun, fast-paced murder mystery with a rich sense of time and place. (afterword, acknowledgments, about the author) (Historical fiction. 11 & up)"
Thirteen-year-old Scooter King's mom is a medium, and he's not amused by the "Oh yeah, well my mom's a large" joke. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Iain Lawrence
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"A must-read for lovers of tales rich in setting, atmosphere, and human understanding. (Fiction. YA)"
"There was blood and pain, an anguished scream, and the wind howled and shook at the walls . . . ‘And now,' said Murray, with great earnestness, ‘it's clear sailing from here.' " But after Elizabeth's birth, it wasn't easy for the family of four living their insular lives on Lizzie Island on the north coast of British Columbia. Read full book review >