Search Results: "Jennifer A. Nielsen"


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A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Begins wonderfully; ends melodramatically. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A family is separated overnight when East Berlin erects the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >

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RISE OF THE WOLF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Nic enjoys training as a charioteer—not that he has a choice—for his grandfather, Radulf, but the uneasy family détente is shattered when Nic learns the Praetors have taken his mother hostage in Volume 2 of this series set in Imperial Rome's turbulent third century. Read full book review >

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THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Readers of this multifaceted, well-crafted tale will eagerly await Sage's further adventures. (map) (Adventure. 8-14)"
A brazen 15-year-old orphan living in the imaginary kingdom of Carthya becomes embroiled in a treasonous power-play to install a false prince on the vacant throne. Read full book review >

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THE SCOURGE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Predictable execution hampers what could have been an intriguing exploration of the mechanics of corruption. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A baffling illness threatens a fantasy land. Read full book review >

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MARK OF THE THIEF by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The fast-paced, ingenious plot, charismatic hero and highly diverse cast of characters—including the ancient, eternal city itself—make this series opener a captivating joy ride. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Compelled by an ambitious general to retrieve an amulet from Julius Caesar's treasure, long hidden in a mine outside Rome, Nic—a slave with attitude—more than succeeds, upending his life and escalating conflict among the power brokers of imperial Rome. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW THRONE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"From one cliffhanging episode to the next, wily Jaron's rebellious, undisciplined spirit carries the day as he battles to save everything he holds dear. (map) (Adventure. 10-14)"
Jaron, irascible, incorrigible king of Carthya, faces the loss of his kingdom, his friends and his life in the gripping finale of the Ascendance Trilogy. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY KING by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"High adventure abounds with nail-biting drama. (maps) (Adventure. 8-14)"
Acknowledged as Carthya's rightful king in The False Prince (2012), shrewd prince Jaron disappears in a desperate, foolhardy attempt to save his life, his crown and his country in this action-packed second installment of the Ascendance Trilogy. Read full book review >

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ELLIOT AND THE PIXIE PLOT by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Definitely a series to invest in for those who prefer their fantasy a bit light. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
This second book in the Underworld Chronicles picks up where Elliot and the Goblin War (2010) left off. Read full book review >

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ELLIOT AND THE GOBLIN WAR by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Recommended for those who avoid dark and serious fantasies, as it's sure to evoke more giggles than gasps, despite the introductory admonitions. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A strong warning from a now-familiar intrusive narrator cautions readers to be "very brave" and "willing to take...chances" because "this is the story that unfolds the mysteries of the Underworld." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

Run-of-the-mill bio of a mildly luminous Hollywood star. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JENNIFER GOVERNMENT by Max Barry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"It's Catch-22 by way of The Matrix."
Bubblegum pop-future comedy in which corporations go to war like feudal fiefdoms. Read full book review >

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JENNIFER, TOO by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The perky, realistic dialogue, lively b&w art, and assertive protagonist will all appeal to other young feminists, and to boys with older sibs, too. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The author of the popular Jamaica books offers three easy chapters about a cheerful child edging her way into her big brother's games with his friends. Read full book review >