Search Results: "Joseph Delaney"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DARK ARMY by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Skippable for newbies, but fans will salvage enough to make it worthwhile even as they hope for payoff next time. (Grimalkin's notes, glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Tom Ward, the Chipenden Spook, is back from the dead and ready to fight against the monstrous wolflike Kobalos horde, with his apprentice, Jenny Calder, and the witch assassin Grimalkin by his side. Read full book review >

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REVENGE OF THE WITCH by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Stay tuned. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Readers seeking lots of up-close encounters with the unquiet dead and other creepy entities need look no further. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ATTACK OF THE FIEND by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Not recommended for beneath-the-sheets reading. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Once again packaged as a doorstopper but reading as if it's half the length, the fourth episode in the harrowing training of teenaged Tom Ward as a bulwark against all that is evil and supernatural brings some disturbing revelations about his absent mother's identity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CURSE OF THE BANE by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Readers will be hooked from the first line. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Opening with a victim's agonized scream, Delaney returns to the boggart-ridden County for a second gruesome, lickety-split episode featuring young Tom Ward, seventh son of a seventh son and for some months now apprenticed to the Spook, a hunter of malign spirits. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRIMALKIN THE WITCH ASSASSIN by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A good balance between dark action and emotional costs. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
This installment deviates from The Last Apprentice's usual formula, following witch assassin Grimalkin instead of Spook's apprentice Thomas Ward after the events of Rage of the Fallen (2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT OF THE SOUL STEALER by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Arrasmith's dark chapter-head illustrations and appended 'notebook' pages add atmosphere but not vitality to this limp, overlong outing. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The third and weakest episode in Delaney's Last Apprentice series takes narrator Tom Ward, his secretive master Old Gregory and canny young witch Alice to winter quarters on bleak Anglezarke Moor where, thanks to massive contrivances, they survive encounters with three blood-sucking witches, a boggart or two and a necromancer out to raise one of the old gods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OBI: GERBIL ON A MISSION! by M.C.  Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2012

"Fast-paced and funny, this installment will bring Obi new fans. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
Obi the gerbil (Obi: Gerbil on the Loose, 2008) is back in action in this simple story about dealing with perceived rejection and making room in one's heart for new friends. Read full book review >

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OBI: GERBIL ON A SCHOOL TRIP! by M.C.  Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2013

"Obi the gerbil's latest adventure is an uncomplicated, entertaining romp with a lesson about the trouble that follows when we allow others to stir up doubt about our most cherished relationships. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
In this third volume to feature Obi, an endearingly flawed little gerbil who is always getting herself into trouble, the pampered pet accidentally hitches a ride to school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRDBRAIN AMOS, MR. FUN by Michael Delaney
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"For those who chuckled over the first, here's a Birdbrain encore. (Fiction. 7-9)"
In this sequel to Birdbrain Amos (2002), the big hippopotamus has nothing to do and feels dejected because his tick bird, Amoeba, has a new friend—but it turns out, she's imaginary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEARL'S FIRST PRIZE PLANT by A. Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 1997

"This is a great book to have on hand for young gardeners who may not achieve results that match the pictures on the seed packets. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In fewer than 200 words, Delaney (The Gunnywolf, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) constructs a small, endearing drama around the idea that biggest isn't always best. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CROSSING by Martin Delaney
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 19, 2007

"This adventure travel book has plenty of detail, but its lack of insight into the author's life may limit its appeal."
In this debut travel memoir, a Scottish bicyclist rides across the United States, overcoming natural and man-made hazards along the way. Read full book review >