Search Results: "Jon Skovron"


BOOK REVIEW

THIS BROKEN WONDROUS WORLD by Jon Skovron
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An enjoyably action-laden, sometimes bloody, globe-trotting lesson in what it means to be monster, to be man, and to be careful when serving dryads alcohol. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Advanced technology, experimental science, inspired revolution in the name of unity: sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Read full book review >

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MISFIT by Jon Skovron
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Thoughtful, scary and captivating. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
In an impeccably paced and unusually profound urban-fantasy novel, 16-year-old half-demon Catholic-school student Jael Thompson comes into her powers, explores her heritage and battles a tyrannical Hell beast. Read full book review >

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STRUTS & FRETS by Jon Skovron
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Deftly executed, this debut novel hits a few high notes and handily avoids falling flat. (Fiction. YA)"
Though rehearsals haven't been smooth for Sammy Bojar's band, Tragedy of Wisdom, it appears to be his shot at becoming a legitimate musician. Read full book review >

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The Lesson of the Bees by David Skovron
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An immensely disquieting work from a promising new voice."
The young protagonist of Skovron's unsettling debut reflects on school, faith, and family—and the hostile spirits slowly taking over his Erie, Pennsylvania, home. Read full book review >

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NOTHING by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Next to the rich feeling and insight in Patrick McDonnell's Gift of Nothing (2005), Agee's take on the core idea is superficial, but his solid fan base will welcome this new outing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a barbed commentary on fashion cycles, Agee creates a spare tale that begins and ends in a storekeeper's emptied antiques shop. Read full book review >

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MR. PUTNEY'S QUACKING DOG by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Sure to appeal to a wide range of ages—a real end-of-summer treat. (Nonfiction. 6 & up)"
Continuing the master wordplay displayed in his previous titles about anagrams, oxymorons, palindromes and spoonerisms (Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue, 2009, etc.), Agee introduces Mr. Putney and invites readers to guess the names of his odd menagerie of animal friends in a series of 20 sly riddles. Read full book review >

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TERRIFIC by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Fans of James Stevenson's tales of the 'Worst Person in the World' will find a kindred sort here and are sure to add the adjective to their vocabularies. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Plainly channeling Jack Benny, middle-aged Eugene responds glumly to various reversals of fortune—after winning a cruise to Bermuda: "Terrific. Read full book review >

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MILO’S HAT TRICK by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The pacing and delivery are stage-worthy, as is Agee's vastly expressive artwork, which is chockful of visual humor. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Agee displays his masterful drollery to particularly good effect in this tale of a semiskilled magician in need of a good trick. Read full book review >

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WE FOUND A HAT by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Beguiling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rounding out what is now being called the Hat Trilogy, Klassen presents the story of two tortoises that find a hat. Read full book review >

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THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SKIRT by Jon-Jon Goulian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2011

"The musings of one hot mess."
A fretful, cross-dressing underachiever recaps a lifetime of eccentricities. Read full book review >

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THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Hats off! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit. Read full book review >

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MEET THE DOGS OF BEDLAM FARM by Jon Katz
ANIMALS
Released: April 26, 2011

"Young dog lovers will enjoy this, particularly those who own border collies or black labs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Katz has written several well-received books for adults about his working dogs and their life together at Bedlam Farm in upstate New York (Dog Days, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >