Search Results: "Jack Adrian"


BOOK REVIEW

HARD-BOILED by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"No matter how long your shelf of hard-boiled anthologies, you'll want this one."
Even though all 36 stories here are reprints, this anthology is notable, and highly desirable, for several reasons. Read full book review >

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SNOOPING OUT STORIES WITH JACK
by Julie Danielson

I’ve probably said this before right here at my Kirkus blog, so I apologize for any redundancy, but it is a spectacular thing to hear award-winning author Jack Gantos give a presentation. Anywhere. I always want to stand up when he’s done, and (complete with lots of fist pumps) yell, “Now, that is why I chose to work in the ...


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WHAT GOES AROUND
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

Cover Story: Viking Cute
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Real Boy
Bonus Factor: Unexpected Friendships
Relationship Status: Maybe in a Few Years 

Cover Story: Viking Cute

A cutesy viking is kind of an oxymoron when you think about the actual history of vikings, but this one with ...


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ALMA MATTERS
by David Rapp

American universities are bastions of knowledge, hotbeds of activism and academic politics, and a constant source of fascination for writers, who show them at their best and worst. Here are three books, reviewed by Kirkus Indie, that offer very different takes on the college experience.

Adrian Jones Pearson ’s satirical novel Cow Country (2014) presents rural Cow Eye Community College ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PETE AND POLO’S FARMYARD ADVENTURE by Adrian Reynolds
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"He makes it real that this is the kind of adventure a kid could have on his own, inviting a free association with Pete. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The boy and the stuffed polar bear from Pete and Polo's Big School Adventure (2000) take a trip to Grandpa's farm. Read full book review >

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SOME KIND OF MAGIC by Adrian Fogelin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"A fine, complex tale of family, friends and magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Old friends Ben, Cass, Jemmie and Justin start high school in the fall, so this might be their last summer together; though they hope for an exciting summer, they get more intrigue than they bargained for. Read full book review >

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DEVIANT by Adrian McKinty
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Bloody without terror, this tale barely deviates from formula. (Mystery. 12-13)"
The new kid in a near-reform school finds himself caught up in a disturbing animal-abuse case. Read full book review >

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THE SORTA SISTERS by Adrian Fogelin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Readers will appreciate the pen-pal friendship and the hopeful ending. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Anna lives in Tallahassee, Fla., with Miss Johnette. Read full book review >

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AUGUSTUS by Adrian Goldsworthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Goldsworthy questions why Augustus has slipped off of many historians' lists of great leaders, which include Julius Caesar, Alexander, Hannibal and Hadrian. He provides plenty of reasons why he should be at the top of those lists."
Historian Goldsworthy (Caesar: Life of a Colossus, 2008, etc.) obviously has ancient Rome in his bones, and his biography of Augustus is also a solid chronicle of Rome and its development. Read full book review >

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A BETTER ANGEL by Chris Adrian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"Abrasive, accusatory, despairing and, more than often enough, quite unforgettable fiction."
Illness, loss and grief assume ingeniously arresting forms in this short-story collection from a uniquely gifted author who is also a practicing pediatrician and divinity-school student. Read full book review >

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FRANCIS OF ASSISI by Adrian House
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 2001

"A labor of love, but hagiography nonetheless. (4 maps; 14 color illustrations)"
An admiring biography of the medieval Italian saint. Read full book review >

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HARD COVER by Adrian Magson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"Prolific Magson's third Watchman outing (Close Quarters, 2015, etc.) overstocks its supporting cast with paper tigers but delivers in its propulsive action sequences."
The one-man army known as Watchman goes deep into Russia to protect a former KGB officer who plans to advocate for a friendlier stance toward the United States. Read full book review >