Search Results: "J.M. DeMatteis"


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ABADAZAD by J.M. DeMatteis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"A promising start for readers between Jennifer and Matt Holms's Babymouse (2005) and Jeff Smith's Bone (2005). (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Expanded from a well-received comic into a hybrid text-and-graphic-novel format, this first of a planned four episodes introduces sullen-but-sensitive teen diarist Kate Jameson. Read full book review >

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IMAGINALIS by J.M. DeMatteis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Hum. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Veteran comic-book writer DeMatteis tries to make a middle-grade fantasy out of the naked desire of so many youngsters to live in the books they love. Read full book review >

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ELSINORE CANYON by J.M.
Released: Dec. 28, 2013

"An imperfect YA adaptation of a classic but a striking one nonetheless."
A debut novel that offers a modern, young-adult retelling of Hamlet with a female stand-in for Shakespeare's title character. Read full book review >

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THE MARKET by J.M. Steele
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2008

"A lingering wrap-up is the only lag in this otherwise fun and chatty read. (Fiction. YA)"
Kate Winthrop, a senior at Millbank High School in New Jersey, accepts her role as a smart but geeky girl with a good heart—but c'mon, a ranking of 71 out of 140 girls in the Millbank Social Stock Market game? Read full book review >

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SPEED OF LIFE by J.M. Kelly
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Feminist readers in particular will appreciate this strong young woman who doesn't conform to gender norms. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Crystal has always wanted to escape poverty, but she never thought her plan would involve vintage muscle cars and a baby. Read full book review >

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A TURBULENT PRIEST by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Churchgoers and church doubters are all given a say, but Gregson (To Kill a Wife, 1999, etc.) saves the liveliest discussions in this low-key, indolently plotted English villager for Peach, a bastion of insolence, as he twits the pompous Tucker."
A dog and its master alert the police of a priestly body brought to their attention by Brunton's near-biblical rains. Read full book review >

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HORIZON DRIVE by J.M. Zen
MYSTERY THRILLER

"Compelling noir entertainment with a sharp edge of modern relevance.
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Zen's debut noir mystery follows a 1950s LAPD detective as he investigates a wartime murder and confronts the compromises people make to feel safe, both personally and nationally. Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE GOTHIC by J.M. Hayes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The final secret, even zanier than anything that's gone before, makes you wonder if Oz is really so far from Kansas after all."
Now that Tommie Irons has finally succumbed to cancer, part-Cheyenne shaman Mad Dog, né Harvey Edward Maddox, has one last service to render his part-Choctaw friend: sneaking into Sunshine Towers and, with the staff's full cooperation, sneaking out with Tommie's body so that he can give it proper Native American internment high atop a tree. Read full book review >

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BACKHAND SMASH by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The competition to see who hated Fitton most overshadows any rivalry on Birch Fields' courts, and it's a sure bet that the final outcome of Gregson's solid procedural won't be 1-love."
A recently integrated tennis club is the scene of a murder. Read full book review >

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by J.M. Gregson
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Once again, Lambert and Hook tread ground already better trod by DCI Percy Peach in Gregson's alternative, slightly edgier series."
Chief Superintendent Lambert and Sgt. Bert Hook (Die Happy, 2011, etc.) investigate the death of a National Trust curator. Read full book review >

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REMAINS TO BE SEEN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"A by-the-book procedural with too many loose ends to satisfy any but the most devoted Peach fans."
A drug bust turns into a murder investigation when a fire leaves a charred corpse on a dealer's posh Lancashire estate. Read full book review >