Search Results: "Joe Staton"


BOOK REVIEW

WJHC by Jane Smith Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Smart, fun and hip, yet utterly wholesome with an occasional dollop of redeeming moral value; a welcome counterpoint to the general trend towards the grim, angst-ridden and graphically shocking in more 'mature' comic titles. (Graphic novel. 4-8)"
Another collection of comics about the wacky teens running high-school radio station WJHC. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RONALD REAGAN by Andrew Helfer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Gives credit where due, but not in a manner that is likely to please conservative partisans."
Part primer, part polemic, this graphic biography scratches the surface of what its creators depict as a comic-book presidency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANTHEM by Ayn Rand
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A Rand primer with pictures."
A graphic novel for devotees of Ayn Rand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK POWDER by Staton Rabin
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Kids deserve better, and writers for kids should know this. (historical notes) (Fiction. 12-15)"
This perfectly dreadful time-travel fantasy takes a hip black teen from 2010 L.A. back to 13th-century Oxford in an attempt to convince Roger Bacon, the brilliant Franciscan scholar who discovered gunpowder, to destroy his legacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETSY AND THE EMPEROR by Staton Rabin
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Even readers who don't know of Bonaparte will be caught up in the interplay between girl and emperor and the surrounding drama of the world's history—and their own. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The bare bones of this inventive historical fiction is the unique friendship between Napoleon Bonaparte and 14-year-old Betsy Balcome, whose English family lived on St. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF THE ROMANOVS by Staton Rabin
FICTION
Released: July 10, 2007

"Rabin provides extensive historical notes on what is known and what isn't, but the telling isn't strong enough to make readers care. (notes, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
A time slip/alternate history/horror/romance, told in the first person by the hemophiliac Alexei Romanov, son of Czar Nicholas. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"An author's note explains the genesis of the story and fleshes out the principals, including Tad and Willie, who, like their father, lived too-brief lives. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Not much is heard about President Lincoln's children, so Rabin fills a gap with this brief snapshot into the lives of two of them, Tad and Willie, which Ibatoulline illustrates with a softly drenched light that suggests yesteryear and a hint of melancholy, his images often evoking hand-tinted daguerreotypes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION by Hilarie N.  Staton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Utilitarian, at best—but more likely to dim reader interest than kindle it. (index, timeline, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Shot through with vague generalities and paired to a mix of equally generic period images and static new art, this overview remorselessly sucks all the juice from its topic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUBY by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2006

"A moody fairy tale of hope."
Stronger-willed than the father who abused her, a Midwestern girl sets out to find a better life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Future journalists, go forth. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-14)"
An upbeat guide that encourages young people to meet all sorts of community folks. Read full book review >