Search Results: "Julian Crouch"


BOOK REVIEW

SAINT JULIAN by Jr. Wangerin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"An exquisite rendering of the ancient tale, with none of the anachronistic ironies that such updatings too often contain."
The life of the legendary medieval penitent and saint, retold with style and elegance by Wangerin (The Crying for a Vision, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Despite intentions, this tale never connects past to present, resulting in a book with a message but no resonance. (Speculative fiction. 13 & up)"
Standish Treadwell, 15, has lost parents, neighbors, best friend: All disappeared from Zone Seven, a post-war occupied territory, into the hellish clutches of the Motherland. Now a new horror approaches. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 2009

"Expertly handled prognostication with more than a touch of somber magnificence."
Post-apocalyptic power struggle from Hugo Award winner Wilson (Axis, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Bonus content aplenty, but first-time readers will be better off with either the print or the unadorned e-book version. (afterword, with links and more imbedded video) (Enhanced e-book/science fiction. 12-15)"
Digital distractions—many of them tangential, at best, to the story—have been positively shoveled into this "multi-touch edition" of Britain's 2013 Carnegie Medal winner. Read full book review >

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UNTIL I FIND JULIAN by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A moving quest of family, survival, and home. (Fiction. 8-12) "
When a Mexican family stops hearing from the eldest brother, working in the States, 12-year-old Mateo risks everything and runs away in search of Julian. Read full book review >

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THE JULIAN GAME by Adele Griffin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Griffin portrays Raye's soul-searching convincingly; readers will identify with her acute consciousness of her outsider status, which makes her inner struggle both compelling and sympathetic. (Fiction. YA)"
Out of boredom, Raye and her best friend Natalya create a phony Facebook profile for a college freshman named Elizabeth Lavenzck. Read full book review >

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3 NBS OF JULIAN DREW by James M. Deem
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"302, etc.) presents a hard-edged tale of abuse and recovery. (Fiction. 12+)"
``I am an abused child, (but I can't tell you that),'' writes Julian Drew, 15, when his English teacher tells him to write the truest sentence he knows. Read full book review >

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THE CRIME OF JULIAN WELLS by Thomas H. Cook
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"This sprawling update of Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios lacks the baleful focus of its model, or of the most successful of Cook's own nightmare excavations of the past. Wait till next year."
Cook's 27th dip into his fictional characters' troubled past asks why an expatriate writer took his own life. Read full book review >

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DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Suspenseful, frightening, and sometimes poignant—provided the reader has a generously willing suspension of disbelief."
A man walks out of a bar and his life becomes a kaleidoscope of altered states in this science-fiction thriller. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A story rich in musical history and poignant with dramatic irony."
A veteran cultural critic and jazz historian tells the simultaneous stories of the rise of jazz and the emergence of one of its brightest comets, Charlie Parker (1920-1955). Read full book review >

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ABROAD by Katie Crouch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014

"A crass use of a still-active murder case."
Foreign students in Italy: One winds up dead in this awkward riff on the notorious Amanda Knox/Meredith Kercher case. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2012

"Recondite but dramatically rendered and obsessively researched."
An immensely detailed examination of the obscure expansion of American aviation into China during Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist era. Read full book review >