Search Results: "Jennifer A. Nielsen"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 TRAITOR'S GAME by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Nielsen's fans will eagerly anticipate sequels, but newcomers may find this first entry too little different from others in the genre to persist. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
A rebellious lady fends off and flirts with actual rebels in this series starter. 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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DEADZONE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Part survival story, part video game mystery, all solid fun that readers will easily get caught up in. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Nielsen takes the baton from Scott Westerfeld in the newest installment of the Horizon series, raising the stakes for the seven young plane crash survivors, now all honorary Team Killbot members. 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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BUILDING THE RULE OF LAW by Jennifer A. Widner
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A groundbreaking work: intellectually rigorous but always accessible; timely yet (given the current abundance of bad news from Africa) refreshingly optimistic."
A comprehensive and encouraging study of the way the rule of law has evolved in eastern and southern Africa, as exemplified in the intellectual evolution of Francis L. Nyalali, Chief Justice of Tanzania from 1976 through 1991. Read full book review >