Search Results: "Joan MacPhail Knight"


BOOK REVIEW

CHARLOTTE IN LONDON by Joan MacPhail Knight
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A terrific choice for readers with an interest in art history, this is a strong, appealing story on its own. (artwork credits, biographical notes, author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's 1895, and Charlotte, formerly of Boston, is leaving Giverny, France, where her father studies painting with Monsieur Monet, for London, where her mother hopes to model for John Singer Sargent. Read full book review >

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CHARLOTTE IN NEW YORK by Joan MacPhail Knight
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Brief biographies of all the real artists and patrons are appended. (illustration credits, author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
This author-illustrator pair successfully continues the conceit of the child of a fictional 19th-century American painter living in Giverny, in Paris and now in New York. Read full book review >

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CHARLOTTE IN GIVERNY by Joan MacPhail Knight
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Credits for the reproductions, brief biographical sketches of all the artists, and an author's note are appended. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
A fictional diary captures the Giverny of 1892 through the eyes of its little-girl owner, in this charmingly constructed conceit. Read full book review >

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DARK WATERS by Catherine MacPhail
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"An exciting read with strong appeal for mystery fans and reluctant readers. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Scotsman Col McCann, son of a deceased criminal and the hero-worshiping brother of another, seems destined to continue in the family trade. Read full book review >

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UNDERWORLD by Catherine MacPhail
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Unlikable characters, unlikely events and an unbelievable monster add up to a story that is unlikely to find an appreciative audience. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Simultaneously predictable and far-fetched, this amalgam of adventure, psychological study and horror fails to be either a suspenseful story or a thoughtful examination of young people struggling to overcome difficult challenges. Read full book review >

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THORFINN THE NICEST VIKING AND THE TERRIBLE TREASURE by David MacPhail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Brains trump brawn every time—at least for this horn-helmed peacemaker. (Historical farce. 8-10)"
Being some of the exploits of Thorfinn the Very-Very-Nice-Indeed. Read full book review >

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EMBERS & ECHOES by Karsten Knight
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Lust and violence make for a fast and entertaining read, but this could have been so much more. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
Frenzied action and steamy romance aren't enough to ignite this overwrought sequel to Wildefire (2011). Read full book review >

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WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 26, 2011

"The Mighty Morphin Power Ranger ambiance and frenetically paced action scenes might have worked well in a graphic novel, but without art to supply missing emotion and nuance, the shallow, flat-footed prose, fueled by escalating violence, fails to engage. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Perhaps inspired by Rick Riordan's phenomenal success, debut author Knight takes a more-must-be-better approach for this multiple-mythology mashup. Read full book review >

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THE SIERRA CLUB BOOK OF SMALL MAMMALS by Linsay Knight
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"How Scientists Group Mammals''; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Like The Sierra Club Book of Great Mammals (1992), this falls somewhere between a reference and a browsing book, with dozens of meticulous color drawings and appealing photos of animals, informally grouped by family or characteristics—small marsupials, canids, rodents, etc.—and accompanied with brief technical descriptions of the classification of each, and short paragraphs on some representative species. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Pretty but marginal. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Color photos and drawings make this survey—including brief discussions of what makes a mammal, early fossil mammals, endangered species, and examples of nine different orders— attractive for browsing. Read full book review >