Search Results: "Jenni Fagan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PANOPTICON by Jenni Fagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2013

"Dark and disturbing but also exciting and moving thanks to a memorable heroine and vividly atmospheric prose."
Critically acclaimed in Britain, Scottish writer Fagan's U.S. debut limns life in a last-resort residence for teen outcasts. Read full book review >

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THE SUNLIGHT PILGRIMS by Jenni Fagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"More fine work from this gifted Scottish writer."
There are three suns in the sky and it's minus 6 degrees in Britain as Fagan's gently apocalyptic new novel opens in November 2020. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE WHALE by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2015

"Still, whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic. (map) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
With playful observations and comparisons, Desmond presents a fount of information about "the largest living creature on our planet." Read full book review >

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RED CAT BLUE CAT by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The plot is familiar, but energetic artwork and a comical twist at the end may make it feel fresh enough to entertain a new generation of feline fanciers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Feline enemies become firm friends in this predictable but potentially pleasing debut. Read full book review >

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THE POLAR BEAR by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An uneven effort. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In this companion to The Blue Whale (2015), Desmond introduces the polar bear's habitat, physical characteristics, life cycle, and food sources.Read full book review >

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ERIC, THE BOY WHO LOST HIS GRAVITY by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Sturdy children, particularly those with siblings, will respond to the starkness of emotions expressed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a challenge to tales in which children rise in the air when elated, Eric and his toddler sister, Alice, both float upward when "very angry." Happiness literally re-grounds them. Read full book review >

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I WISH I COULD DRAW by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"This friendly volume, told in the first person and directly addressing readers, is sure to encourage the perfectionist artist and wannabe cartoonist alike. Draw on! (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
This encouraging and amusing faux notebook will have many nervous artists picking up their own pens and pencils. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST SLODGE by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"From the primordial ooze to the red fruit, the illustrations serve to reinforce the Adam and Eve metaphor, and the whole thing may leave readers rooting for the serpentlike Snawk. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The prolific Willis' offbeat fable of cooperation and sharing features a solitary green, bipedal, two-armed, sluglike being called a Slodge. Read full book review >

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THE BOY IN THE BOX by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Food for thought here about varieties of motivation, though with too many unanswered questions and a sudden, resolution-free ending that is more annoying than tantalizing. (Adventure. 11-13)"
In this loosely woven series setup, a relentlessly ordinary lad who has taught himself to juggle is kidnapped by the owners of a traveling medicine show. Read full book review >

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THE BIG SWIM by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Set in an indefinite past when life wasn't abuzz with technology, this story is a forest-scented breath of fresh air with crisp storytelling, mild tension and quiet revelations. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This is Ethan's first year at summer camp, and he'd rather go unnoticed. Read full book review >

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AMMANON by Mary Fagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2008

"A fantasy tome that keeps readers invested."
Fagan creates a complex and complete world in this fantasy novel about a nation on the brink of war. Read full book review >