Search Results: "Jon Messer"


BOOK REVIEW

JON FIXX by Jason Squire Fluck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An exciting, comical page-turner about the gritty underbelly of love."
Fluck follows the adventures of a romance writer for hire in his debut novel. Read full book review >

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Jon Hersey - Industrial Spy by Leo N. Ardo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2012

"A thrilling, adventurous novel that will appeal especially to readers interested in business recon."
Debut novelist Ardo offers a unique, concise novella about a young widower who finds redemption through politically motivated corporate espionage. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The combination of high-energy artwork and exuberant characters are sure to make the Trucktown series a necessary purchase for every garage library. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The irrepressible Scieszka has set his sites on entertaining a younger crowd and getting them (boys especially) hooked on the joys of reading. Read full book review >

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NEW YORK by Margery Facklam
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"While no one piece provides in-depth coverage, the format is inviting to those planning a visit, whether from out of state or in. (resources, websites) (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
From the Statue of Liberty to Fort Niagara, from the short-nosed sturgeon to the endangered Massasauga rattlesnake, from cameras to Jell-O, and from Peter Stuyvesant to Roger Peterson, the state of New York is filled with natural wonders, parks and great battles and events. Read full book review >

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JON, FLORA, AND THE ODD-EYED CAT by Stella Pevsner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Pure enchantment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Pevsner (The Night the Whole Class Slept Over, 1991, etc.) delivers a magical story about the friendship between a 14-year-old boy recovering from rheumatic fever and an 11- year-old girl hiding out from her father. Read full book review >

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JON FOX AND THE MONSTER OF THE POND by Carson Steil
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2011

"The author and software designer show glimmers of creativity, but their learning curves are clearly still on the upswing. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Another app not ready for prime time, featuring a perfunctory story tricked out in a sparse assortment of crudely designed animations and touch-activated effects. Read full book review >

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GRUMPY PANTS by Claire Messer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Really well turned, with balance, momentum, and all the right notes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The grumps are particularly vexing when you are a little penguin and you don't even know where they came from. Read full book review >

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CHANGE AT JAMAICA by Marshall Messer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2013

"A pleasure to read. And though the Captain might have other plans, we'd like to know of Eddie's further adventures."
Tin soldiers and Secretariat comin': A whip-smart, funny shaggy dog story about dissolute life in the Watergate era. Read full book review >

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WINDBLOWNE by Stephen Messer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2010

"Messer constructs a tale that moves along at a powerful, steady pace to a climactic faceoff, and Oliver's realization that the gateway to worlds is open for those who can truly listen to the wind's voices sparks a memorable sea change in his self-image. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
An inventive debut fantasy, set in multiple worlds linked by trees and winds. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2004

"Another revitalizing breath to sustain the Red House in its long odyssey."
Poet Messer spins the life story of her childhood home in a handsome voice often eerily lost in reflection. Read full book review >

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The Adventures of Jack and Rugby by Tory Beale
Released: Jan. 10, 2011

"An often engaging children's story of a rugged, exhausting day in the mountains with two dog friends."
In the fourth installment in Beale and Messer's (The Adventures of Jack and Rugby: Best Friends, 2011, etc.) children's book series, two dogs embark on a mountainside adventure. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF YORIK MORTWELL by Stephen Messer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2011

"With illustrations by the appropriately dour Grimley, this is a mix of two talents who together yield a less-than-superior product. Some art not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A ghost story that attempts to combine the macabre with the heroic fails to find its footing. Read full book review >