Search Results: "Jenny Nimmo"


BOOK REVIEW

ULTRAMARINE by Jenny Nimmo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

Nimmo (``The Snow Spider'' trilogy) turns from Welsh legend to kelpie lore, weaving a delicate strand of fantasy into a story about siblings who discover their true identities while following an inborn call to save sea birds imperiled by environmental disasters. Read full book review >

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GRIFFIN'S CASTLE by Jenny Nimmo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"A well-told story with unusually strong characters. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A neglected child's supernatural defenders turn against her in this brooding fantasy, set in modern Wales. Read full book review >

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THE STONES OF RAVENGLASS by Jenny Nimmo
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A weakly plotted, overpopulated and only fitfully suspenseful follow-up. (author interview) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A prequel spun off from the Charlie Bone series slogs through a second episode hobbled by an unwieldy cast, a Eurocentric attitude, and convenient magic that overcomes all obstacles without much ado. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT FOR CHARLIE BONE by Jenny Nimmo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Charlie's adventure adds up to a formulaic, thinly disguised placeholder for the next Harry Potter; a far cry from Nimmo's eerie, atmospheric Griffin's Castle (1997). (Fiction. 10-12)"
Readers may come away from this hefty series opener, about a seemingly ordinary British lad who is sent to a special boarding school after discovering that he has magical powers, with a distinct sense of déjà vu. Read full book review >

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THE CHESTNUT SOLDIER by Jenny Nimmo
ADVENTURE
Released: May 30, 1991

"Acceptable, but disappointing. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Completing the trilogy begun with The Snow Spider (1987), Nimmo again draws on Welsh legend to parallel an ancient tragedy with the trauma of a soldier who has failed to save his men from a disastrous fire in Belfast. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING WONDERFUL by Jenny Nimmo
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"The larger-than-life chickens with their incredibly expressive faces would be enough to entice young readers, but this tale of victory by the ordinary is sure to become a favorite. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Hen does not think that she is special in any way until one day she decides that she will do "Something Wonderful." Read full book review >

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PIG ON A SWING by Jenny Nimmo
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"Children will oink, growl, and bump along with this one. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Finding the playground empty, Tim wants to go home, but he's intrigued when his Mum asks what's sitting on the obviously empty swings. Read full book review >

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THE WITCHES AND THE SINGING MICE by Jenny Nimmo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Try pairing this intriguing tale with Barber's The Mousehole Cat (1990). (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
A long, agreeably spooky tale in which two loyal tomcats rout a trio of witches who've invaded a desolate site overlooking a peaceful Highland village. Read full book review >

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SPINNING JENNY by Sylvia Ann McLain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"A strong, often poignant illustration of slavery's destructiveness."
McLain's character-driven debut historical novel blends a tale of ill-fated love with a scathing indictment of slavery. Read full book review >

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CREEPING JENNY by John Sherwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A prologue compares the snubbing of a local absentee squire to the anger of Achilles—an ironic but apt figure for the hyperinflation of village minutiae in this most British puzzler."
Yet another trip down the Miss Marple trail (her own phrase) for Celia Grant of Archerscroft Nurseries (The Hanging Garden, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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JUMPING JENNY by Bonnie Pryor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7- 11)"
Jenny's first weeks of kindergarten are full of challenges and disappointments. Read full book review >