Search Results: "Iain Smyth"


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PIRATE PLUNDER'S TREASURE HUNT by Iain Smyth
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A miniature galleon and tiny pockets of minutiae will be appreciated and played with long after the ruse of doing detective work has faded. (Pop-up. 6-11)"
Pirate's Plunder Treasure Hunt ($16.99; Sept. 1996; 16 pp.; 0-525-45693-7): Yo-ho-ho! Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM by Frances Cony
Released: March 1, 1999

"Not only are the movements funny, but the pull-tabs are tough—this book was designed to handle heavy use—and will probably survive even library circulation. (Pop-up. 2-5)"
Old MacDonald had a farm, and on his farm animals pop up, wiggle, and roll their eyeballs. Read full book review >

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THE NEVER WERES by Fiona Smyth
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Despite earnest undertones a richly imagined and capably carried-out thriller. (Graphic science fiction. 11-13)"
Three of Earth's last teenagers discover a long-hidden escape route for humanity in this suspenseful future tale, a solo debut for Smyth. Read full book review >

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KING ALFRED THE GREAT by Alfred P. Smyth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"Very much a history for historians, Smyth's work is essential reading for students of Alfredian and early medieval England. (36 b&w illustrations)"
This substantial piece of scholarship challenges traditional academic wisdom surrounding the ninth century king of Wessex whose achievements changed the course of English history prior to the Norman Conquest. Read full book review >

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SEX IS A FUNNY WORD by Cory Silverberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"This carefully thought-out explanation may surprise but should be widely appreciated. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Moving up in target audience from their explanation of reproduction, What Makes a Baby (2013), Silverberg and Smyth explore various meanings for the word "sex." Read full book review >

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WHAT MAKES A BABY by Cory Silverberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"Designed for all kinds of children in all kinds of families, this will be particularly welcome in adoptive and nontraditional families but is, uniquely, an appealing and informative complement to early sex-education discussions with any child. (Informational picture book. 2-7)"
A sex educator and an artist with a graphics background craft an unusually flexible explanation of baby-making for sharing with young children. 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 >

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LORD OF THE NUTCRACKER MEN by Iain Lawrence
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

In 1914, Johnny Briggs's father marches off to WWI with the promise that he will be home by Christmas. Read full book review >

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THE PORTRAIT by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2005

"A short story's worth of incident floated on a prickly cushion of aphorism."
A Scottish painter meets his English mentor and former friend after many years, in this poisoned miniature from the author of the behemoth An Instance of the Fingerpost (1998) and The Dream of Scipio (2002). Read full book review >

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STONEMOUTH by Iain Banks
Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"Contemporary, hilarious, gritty—yes, this is genre fiction, and no, the genre doesn't get much better than this."
This novel considers the question of how to return home after a long absence, particularly when your ex-fiancee is the eldest daughter of a local crime boss. Read full book review >

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STONE’S FALL by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2009

"Classy crime fiction, delightfully written, with few straight lines in sight."
A learned, witty and splendidly entertaining descent into the demimondes of international espionage, arms dealing, financial hanky-panky and other favorite pastimes of those without conscience. Read full book review >