Search Results: "Isla Neal"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WORLD FORGOT by Martin Leicht
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 14, 2015

"A worthy conclusion to an enjoyable sci-fi romp. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
This conclusion to the Ever-Expanding Universe trilogy takes Elvie and her friends out to a junkyard in space. Read full book review >

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MOTHERSHIP by Martin Leicht
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 10, 2012

"Pure fun. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
This science-fiction-comic romp set in a space-based school for pregnant teens hits the funny bone and adds in an alien conflict for good measure. Read full book review >

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COME SUNDAY by Isla Morley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2009

"Intense, unsparing, dark and often downbeat, but distinguished by an impassioned, poetic voice."
South African-born Morley's confident debut explores the intense grief that follows a child's accidental death. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN A DISTANT PLACE by Isla Dewar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2006

"Comfortable and sweet: Despite the story's one real tragedy, a fairytale sense of happy outcomes hangs over the tale, rendering everyone benign and no event, not even death, too traumatic."
A recently widowed teacher comes to enliven the children of a rural Scottish community. Read full book review >

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ABOVE by Isla Morley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A whole host of interesting ideas stuffed into a lopsided structure that doesn't support the author's high ambitions. Still, very intriguing and provocative."
South Africa-born Morley makes a wild U-turn from the semiautobiographical Come Sunday (2009) to write a captivity novel that morphs into a post-apocalyptic adventure. Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH ACADEMY by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The decision by Oscar's new friend Fox to go unwashed as long as possible leads to all sorts of stinky humor that fits right in to this second-tier series opener. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Scribbly illustrations dominating nearly every spread, Layton's latest plunks fledgling readers down amidst a student body of typical types who—atypically—happen to be mammoths, saber toothed tigers, ground sloths, cave bears and other early mammals. Read full book review >

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MARGE IN CHARGE by Isla Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Younger readers with intermediate reading skills may have fun with the silliness and the surprises. (Fiction. 7-10)"
By the end of their first night with babysitter Marge, 7-year-old Jemima's 4-year-old brother, Jake, says, "We have a royal babysitter…but we have to babysit her!" Read full book review >

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DREAD LOCKS by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Though there's nothing appealing about the thoroughly flat characters, the tension-filled climax puts a fascinating twist on the traditional way to defeat a gorgon. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Goldilocks and the Three Bears doesn't blend well with the story of Medusa, but suspense keeps this thriller going until the end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Nicely disquieting. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
For the third entry in his Dark Fusion series, Shusterman gives another familiar tale both a contemporary setting (with some magic thrown in) and an ingenious, eerie twist. Read full book review >

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SMILE IF YOU'RE HUMAN by Neal Layton
Released: March 1, 1999

"The goofy illustrations deploy a childlike sense of fun; the aliens are pleasant creatures with round patchwork bodies and eyes on stalks, and the gregarious zoo animals will ring true for the animal cracker set. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Layton's zany alien family comes to Earth in search of humans, but with only guidebook descriptions of what people look like, it's easy to make mistakes—especially when their flying saucer lands at the zoo! Read full book review >