Search Results: "Jude Cook"


BOOK REVIEW

BYRON EASY by Jude Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2014

"Cook has smarts and observational talent to spare, but this novel needs characters nuanced enough to justify its length."
A hip, hard-luck Londoner hops aboard a train and ponders how his life derailed. Read full book review >

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LOOT by Jude Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Taut, engrossing and unstoppable. (Thriller. 10-14)"
Feisty thieves-in-training Jules and March are faced with a daunting challenge after their father plunges to his death while committing a crime. Read full book review >

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STING by Jude Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Thrilling and exciting; the perfect choice for a quick read. (Thriller. 10-16)"
Can four teens successfully steal three sapphires and then elude a determined FBI agent, a nasty international crime syndicate, and worse yet, the rare, supposedly caring adults in their lives? Read full book review >

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SORCERY RISING by Jude Fisher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 2, 2002

"Nice touches but largely familiar hop-hop-hop kid stuff that never rises to the dramatically big or spineshaking."
A fantasy debut from the pseudonymous Fisher (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion), an established English fantasy/SF publisher and expert on J.R.R. Tolkien. Read full book review >

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THE MULBERRY TREE by Jude Deveraux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Hard-core fans might make it through these thickets of haphazard plot. But sloppy prose and unappealing characters mark a low for the perhaps too-prolific Deveraux, author of 'twenty-seven New York Times bestsellers' (The Summerhouse, 2001, etc.)."
Billionaire leaves his widow nothing but a ramshackle farmhouse. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL FROM SUMMER HILL by Jude Deveraux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A steamy and delightfully outlandish retelling of a literary classic."
Kicking off a new series set in Summer Hill, Virginia, the New York Times bestselling author brings Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to the theater—and into the 21st century.Read full book review >

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Autonomy by Jude Houghton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2016

"An immersive novel that chillingly predicts a world in which life is something to be escaped rather than experienced."
Houghton (Songs of Seraphina, 2015) explores the difference between living and surviving in this sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >

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THE DUCHESS by Jude Deveraux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Fictional sludge."
More from the famed mistress of heartthrob (Mountain Laurel, 1990, etc.)—this time bogged down in 19th-century Scotland, where a host of silly, mostly unpleasant characters move sluggishly through a love story that never gets off the ground. Read full book review >

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SIVU’S SIX WISHES by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"His lack of self-understanding adds another thought-provoking element to a tale identified (by the author, at least—others have different ideas) as Taoist. (afterword) (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Daly gives her version of the oft-retold "Stonecutter" a contemporary setting—dressing small figures in modern clothes and placing them as often as not against urban backdrops. Read full book review >

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FAIR, BROWN AND TREMBLING by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2000

"An interesting, although somewhat cold and flat retelling of the familiar story, this tale will perhaps be of more interest to students comparing versions of archetypal fairy tales than to the children for whom it is intended. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Another version of the Cinderella story, this one based on a traditional Irish folktale. Read full book review >

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SIX BLIND MICE AND AN ELEPHANT by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2017

"Sweet illustrations and an updated ending to an old fable allow the moral to come through without the conflicts of earlier versions. Lovely. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a very hot day, an elephant wanders into a barn and has a nap. Excited to finally see an elephant up close, the farmer calls in his family, who call in neighbors to see the magnificent animal. Read full book review >

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THE RED BICYCLE by Jude Isabella
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Well-meant but more didactic than entertaining. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
When Leo outgrows his beloved red bicycle, he sends it to Burkina Faso, where it takes on new lives. Read full book review >