Search Results: "James Riley"


BOOK REVIEW

JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY by Elizabeth J. van Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The life of a literary local hero—of mostly local interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unvarnished, dutiful, rather dull life of the 19th-century "Hoosier Poet," author of "Little Orphant Annie" and "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An interesting ploy, and if the inner workings are a bit too obvious, still a good read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1901, Mable, 14, and her older sister, Viola, board with a dairy-farm family in Ontario. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Several horrifying ends can be imagined along the way, but the one that actually occurs is no less grim for being unpredictable. (Fiction. YA)"
This probing exploration of whether a ninth-grader can already be "irreparably damaged" is upsetting and scary. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF RILEY by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"Molly is a bit too clever and reckless to be totally convincing, but Bowen's highly detailed picture of New York at the turn of the century is a delight."
A second sabbatical from her Welsh policeman hero Evan Evans (Evans to Betsy, 2001, etc.) takes Bowen back to the summer of 1901 for a second chapter in the life of Molly Murphy (Murphy's Law, 2001). Read full book review >

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STORY THIEVES by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A droll and clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The fourth wall suffers major breaches as young characters from a popular fantasy series and the "real real world" join forces to battle threats in both. Read full book review >

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TWICE UPON A TIME by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Go for Lyn Gardner's Into the Woods, (2007) Emily Rodda's Key to Rondo (2008) and Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark & Grimm (2010) instead. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
With no dearth of novels that fracture and mingle fairy tales, waste no time on this sequel and its lazy metaphysics. Read full book review >

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EINSTEIN'S DAUGHTER by Riley James
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"A blizzard of fast-paced action, mystery and romance."
James (First Lady Blues, 2011) returns with a thriller that straddles the worlds of science, skiing and subterfuge. Read full book review >

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ROSE AND RILEY by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2005

"Yezerski's soft pastels have just enough charm, energy and cuteness to match the gentle stories. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
A three-chapter easy reader with the now predictable two anthropomorphized animal friends. Read full book review >

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SECRET ORIGINS by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A literary hall of mirrors, with plenty of thrills and laughs to keep 'nonfictionals' in the game. (Metafictional fantasy. 11-13)"
Bethany's latest book-diving exploit takes her and her friends into a superhero comic, a realm where, of course, the good guys always win—or do they? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"By turns wry, witty, sometimes wise, but resolutely outspoken, this volume brings father and daughter face to face as people, not icons in a Freudian myth."
Masquerading as a report on home schooling, a tale of father- daughter conflict played out over eighth-grade English and math. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER OF RILEY by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"At best, a lesson that there are at least two sides to every issue. (Fiction. 8-12)"

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THE STOLEN CHAPTERS by James Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Likely to leave more than a few punctures in even the most levelheaded reader's sense of reality. (Metafictional fantasy. 10-13)"
A fictional character's megalomaniacal scheme to insert himself into every novel ever written precipitates a merry chase through meta-realms in this brain-cracking sequel. Read full book review >