Search Results: "John McKinley"


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SHOW & TELL by John McKinley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Simple reading before moving on to the more sophisticated Ivy + Bean. (Fiction. 6-9)"
For readers who enjoy the slapstick humor of the Ready, Freddy! chapter-book series, there's now a female perspective in the new spin-off series, Double Trouble, featuring Freddy's identical twin cousins, Kasey and Kelly. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS by Robin McKinley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"McKinley's writing is an acquired taste. While this is not the book to start with, for those who have already fallen under her spell, it's bound to appeal. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Insanely detailed, sometimes confusing, ultimately rewarding; in other words, classic McKinley. Read full book review >

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DEERSKIN by Robin McKinley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1993

"McKinley will have to do much better than this to capture an adult audience."
A first foray into adult fantasy for the author of such well- received children's books as The Outlaws of Sherwood (1988), etc. In an unnamed, standard fantasy kingdom, an unnamed queen dies after bequeathing to her unnamed king a portrait capturing her surpassing beauty. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1994

"Still, for the contemplative, a quality performance. (Fiction. 12+)"
Four stories (three previously published in Ace anthologies in the early '80s), set (like The Blue Sword, etc.) in mythical Damar, plus a contemporary fifth; the four are romances, the fifth concerns a girl adapting to a new place. Read full book review >

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IMAGINARY LANDS by Robin McKinley
Released: April 14, 1986

"An intermittently rewarding collection for fantasy buffs."
Inspired by McKinley's fascination with fiction with a strong sense of place, stories by nine authors well-known for science fiction and fantasy. Read full book review >

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SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"An intriguing mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter-ish characterization. Mostly for teenagers who don't trip over words like 'eschatology,' and maybe some older fantasy devotees as well."
Mild-mannered vampire fantasy from Britisher McKinley, author of whimsical, rather talky rewrites of classic fairytales for young adults. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1978

"And her choice of a tale for such treatment couldn't be more fortunate; it's a natural for girls who have outgrown fairy tales but not the sort of romance that this one embodies."
McKinley's novel-length retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" incorporates no shift in viewpoint, no special perspective (Freudian or whatever), no witty embroidery or extra dimension of any sort. Read full book review >

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BEAU, LEE, THE BOMB & ME by Mary McKinley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Pair this love letter to the West Coast and to the victims and survivors of the gay American AIDS crisis with David Levithan's Two Boys Kissing (2013). (Fiction. 13-16)"
A road trip from Seattle to San Francisco yields friendship and the best uncles ever. Read full book review >

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DRAGONHAVEN by Robin McKinley
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Quietly magnificent. (Fantasy. YA)"
A sharply incisive, wildly intelligent dragon fantasy involving profound layers of science and society, love and loss and nature and nurture. Read full book review >

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THE OUTLAWS OF SHERWOOD by Robin McKinley
Released: Oct. 15, 1988

"Enriched with entrancing details of life in the forest, graced with a neat pair of satisfying love stories, and culminating in a couple of rousing battles and a dramatic close when the king dispenses justice, McKinley's Robin should be delighting readers for years to come."
In the tradition of T.H. White's reincarnation of King Arthur, a novel that brings Robin Hood and his men—and women—delightfully to life. Read full book review >

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BOY IN THE IVY by T. McKinley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2013

"An exceptionally well-written memoir offering insights about the darker side of the human psyche."
In his deeply personal memoir, debut author McKinley draws lessons from his brother David's late-life suicide. Read full book review >

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Rescued by Caroline McKinley
Released: July 31, 2016

"A nicely handled coming-of-age story, ideal for dog lovers."
A teenager, sentenced to volunteer at an animal shelter, discovers her calling in this debut YA novel. Read full book review >