Search Results: "James Riordan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SNIPER by James Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The well-designed cover in black and red, complete with sniper and bullet holes, and the fast-paced tale of war ensure that this fine volume will appeal to many readers. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
The Battle of Stalingrad changed the course of World War II—but at the cost of one million lives, more than any other battle in history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Riordan's biography has few such saving graces. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Despite its title, the aging enfant terrible of America takes few hits from the friendly fire of this overly authorized biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD RUNNER by James Riordan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"This potentially inspiring tale staggers along under the weight of a worthy agenda. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
A general indictment of apartheid is thinly wrapped in a tale about a young Zulu marathoner who runs for his country in the Olympics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"This competent retelling, fully sourced, could be added to more extensive folklore collections. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
When Aje, the daughter of the river goddess Yemoya, leaves her underwater home to marry, what she misses most is the night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNOWMAIDEN by James Riordan
adapted by James Riordan, illustrated by Stephen Lambert
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1992

"For large folklore collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
In this traditional Russian tale, Snowmaiden is the daughter of Spring and Frost, who agree to put her in the care of a peasant couple. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"An overdose of mystery, the clipped ending and uneven writing undercut this title, but considering the high demand for kids' Christian fiction and the proportionally short supply, it's likely that The Elijah Project will find a devoted following nonetheless. (Thriller. 8-12)"
The first outing in the Christian-based supernatural-thriller series The Elijah Project features 16-year-old Zack, 13-year-old Piper and their six-year-old brother Elijah. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

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JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"In an afterword, Jacobs describes his contact with one of Printer's books, an encounter that only makes this novel more vital. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jacobs (Sleepers, Wake, 1991) makes clear the tragedy of an artist inhibited by the circumstances of his birth in this unusual historical novel, set during a brutal English-Indian war in 17th-century Massachusetts. Read full book review >