Search Results: "John Abbott Nez"


BOOK REVIEW

CROMWELL DIXON’S SKY-CYCLE  by John Nez
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"Dare to dream' is the clear message here. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
This fine tribute to teenage inventors everywhere retraces the true early exploits of a handy Ohio lad who converted his bicycle into a homemade dirigible, then successfully (more or less) tested it out in the skies over Columbus. Read full book review >

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THE GRANDMA CURE by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A middling story with a gentle lesson, though a bit too sophisticated for the low end of its target audience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Squabbling grandmothers remind sick-in-bed Becky of her kindergarten classmates. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A WORM by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"When will Fly and Spider get their own school stories? (Early reader. 5-7)"
Cronin and Bliss' droll humor come to the early-reader set courtesy of Houran and Nez. Read full book review >

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SCIMITAR by John Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

Clever, cartoonish thriller about a deep-cover assassin on the trail of George Bush. Read full book review >

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WHO'S ON FIRST? by Bud Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Not up to the original—leave it on the shelf and find a recording of the real Abbott and Costello. (afterword, biographical notes) (Picture book. 7-10)"
One of the funniest comedy routines ever to be heard doesn't successfully translate to print although nearly every word is intact. Read full book review >

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LUNCH-BOX DREAM by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2011

"A laudable attempt to address an unfortunately still-timely subject, this novel feels more like a Modernist experiment than a children's book. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In 1959 on a Civil War battleground tour, a white northern boy has his own prejudices shaken when he sees Jim Crow in action in a Joycean exploration that seems uncertain of its audience. Read full book review >

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THE POSTCARD by Tony Abbott
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"The characters are annoying (even to each other) and the supposedly compelling mystery Jason finds is a florid, turgid mess. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Jason fears his parents are breaking up. Read full book review >

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Running Through the Wormhole by Kate Abbott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 3, 2015

"A gloomy, character-driven story with a potency that's not easy to match."
A woman questions her sanity when she begins interacting with ghosts in Abbott's debut thriller. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 2008

"Comprehensive and edifying: Understood by the Joes, essential to the pros."
Whereas previous editions of Abbott's reference work concentrated on real estate as practiced in the United Kingdom and the United States, the latest version expands on its already ample scope to include material from several additional countries. Read full book review >

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DOWNFALL by Jeff Abbott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2013

"The criminal mastermind manages to be both repellent and uninteresting, and it's hard to root for anyone, including Sam, when everyone's basically under compulsion to eliminate everyone else. Maybe Abbott and his hapless hero should move on to a new formula."
Nothing in Sam Capra's three short years in the CIA could have prepared him for the series of high-stakes conspiracies he's encountered since then (The Last Minute, 2012, etc.), including this tale of a ruthless Mephisto who promises to fulfill his minions' dreams if only they'll kill at his command. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST ORDER by Jeff Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Abbott loads his story with entertaining plot twists, not all of which make perfect sense, but the bond and betrayal between the two brothers add emotional depth to the action."
An epic struggle between two brothers throws Russian-American relations in jeopardy during this strong installment of Abbott's series (Inside Man, 2014, etc.) featuring ex-CIA sleuth Sam Capra. Read full book review >