Search Results: "Joseph Cordaro"


BOOK REVIEW

THE COST OF COURAGE by Joseph Cordaro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2011

"Historical fiction that focuses less on history and more on those who survive it."
One British navy family faces the horror of two wars, forcing father and son apart—and down similar paths. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH KANON
by Clayton Moore

In an age when America’s intelligence services aren’t always portrayed in the best light, Joseph Kanon’s new novel about the Cold War seems starkly elegant by comparison. In our starred review, Kirkus says of Defectors, “...not since Le Carré’s A Perfect Spy has there been a family of spooks to rival this one.”

The novel is an intimate ...


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JOSEPH SCAPELLATO
by Richard Z. Santos

Joseph Scapellato isn’t from the west—he grew up in suburban Chicago—but like so many Americans, the mythic west was always nearby.  “My mom was and is an enormous fan of golden age Westerns: Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, all those dudes in white hats,” Scapellato says. “I grew up watching those, and she accumulated all these cowboy tchotchkes. I grew ...


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BEYOND THE POND by Joseph Kuefler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Glints of potential elevate an otherwise derivative, digitally composed debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ernest D. transcends the ordinary by diving deep into his pond, encountering fantastic scenes that ultimately enhance his appreciation of home. Read full book review >

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RULERS OF THE PLAYGROUND by Joseph Kuefler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"Winning satire for the jungle-gym set. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two children vie for playground domination. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1973

"Nothing if not readable which is enough for his constituency."
A slight change from his two similar New Centurion-Blue Knight novels — a burly story of crime and punishment in which, dead or alive, all are victims of the same slugs with which two sociopaths kill one policeman but leave his partner to face another kind of destruction. Read full book review >

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CRASH by Joseph Monninger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"However, they have always had a hatchet, and many youngsters will wish the characters had read the classic of the same name. (Adventure. 8-12)"
The premise in this first adventure in the Stay Alive series feels familiar and cannot claim the originality or authenticity of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet (1987); neither does it show the careful characterization and scene setting of the author's own books for teens. Read full book review >

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CAVE-IN by Joseph Monninger
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"For a more gripping and nuanced portrayal of individuals pushing and pulling together, try Fallout by Todd Strasser (2013). (Adventure. 8-12)"
With this second book in the Stay Alive series, youngsters will see a formula emerge: A group of children in the care of mostly ineffective adults are in a remote location when disaster strikes. Read full book review >

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A NEW DARKNESS by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Promising but questionably formed. (Grimalkin's notes, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Newly minted spook Tom Ward takes on a surprising new apprentice and investigates a gathering storm in the first installment in this Last Apprentice sequel series. Read full book review >

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HIPPIE CHICK by Joseph Monninger
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Spare and beautiful. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Lolly has a special affinity for the ocean that is just moments away from the front door of her home in the Florida Keys. Read full book review >

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PURE RED by Danielle Joseph
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 8, 2011

"A framework of color imagery lends little to this novel, which is further marred by superficial dialogue, choppy sentences, non sequiturs and poor character development. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Despite her ear for authentic teenspeak, Joseph's (Indigo Blues, 2010) latest effort falls flat. Read full book review >