Search Results: "Jon Sutherland"


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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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A proficient overview, though skewed by its British orientation."
Detailed, nuts-and-bolts exploration of the 1948-9 Berlin airlift, first major crisis of the new Cold War. Read full book review >

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Released: April 4, 1994

"An essentially silly story further weakened by a slow pace and feeble plotting."
Tales of obsession are this English writer's trademark (As We Forgive, 1986; Someone Wonderful, 1989); here, a middle-aged woman's obsession yields a late-blooming love. 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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HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Source notes and bibliography are included, as is an index (not seen). (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
There was great anticipation for the arrival of the 21st century, but few could have predicted the rapid change the first ten years would bring. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 19, 2009

"An enjoyable, eloquently told tale."
Sutherland's (Windsong, 2008) contemporary novel takes readers to the small, fictional Australian town of Trundle, offering a peek at the lives of its residents over the course of a year. Read full book review >

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UP CLOSE: RONALD REAGAN by James Sutherland
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"As with all of the volumes in this fine series, the writing is clear, the bibliography is solid and the historical content is accessible for the intended audience, if somewhat lacking in analysis. (foreword, source notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11 & up)"
Like all good biographers, Sutherland starts this study of Ronald Reagan not with his birth but with a scene that grabs readers' attentions: the shooting of the president on March 30, 1981. Read full book review >

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THE MENAGERIE by Tui T. Sutherland
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Unfortunately, the story itself lays an egg. For a really magical book about mythical animals, readers should try The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, by Patricia McKillip (1974). (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Numerous books have successfully built on a premise of human interaction with mythical creatures, but this one is overstuffed and convoluted. Read full book review >

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A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES by Krystal Sutherland
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fresh and compelling look at mental illness. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In some ways, fear can keep you safe, but for the Solar family, fear is what keeps them from fully living. Read full book review >