Search Results: "Julie Hearn"


BOOK REVIEW

HAZEL by Julie Hearn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"However, while intriguing concepts and even flashes of humor abound throughout, the section set in England stretches on interminably, leaving many threads unresolved. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A wealthy girl in early 20th-century England is exposed to the suffragist movement and eventually shipped off to her grandparents in the Caribbean in this uneven work of historical fiction. Read full book review >

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SIGN OF THE RAVEN by Julie Hearn
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Absorbing. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When his mother's cancer brings them both to stay with his grandmother in London, Tom finds a gap in time in the cellar that takes him back to a 17th-century freak show. Read full book review >

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THE MINISTER’S DAUGHTER by Julie Hearn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2005

"Tremendous. (Fiction. YA)"
The year is 1645, and Nell, the village "cunning woman's" granddaughter, has been learning the healer's trade, desperately hoping to conceal her grandmother's increasing senility until she is able to take her place. Read full book review >

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IVY by Julie Hearn
FICTION
Released: June 17, 2008

"Intricate, engaging language and quirky characters paint a vivid picture of the Victorian era. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Ivy's wild red hair and porcelain skin get her daily work as a painter's model, far from Victorian London's slums, but she can't escape a debilitating addiction to the popular drug laudanum. Read full book review >

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BEEP! BEEP! by Sam Hearn
by Sam Hearn, illustrated by Sam Hearn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Toddlers who need the board-book pages will be confused by the story, and there are better choices for preschoolers fascinated by cars and trucks. (Board book. 1-3)"
Like Eric Barclay's Counting Dogs (2015), a sturdy "book in a box" that will hold up to rough handling. Read full book review >

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THE TENGU'S GAME OF GO by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Expect graphic violence, fairy-tale magic, flights of comedy, and operatic melodrama but also genuine intimacy and tragedy."
The four-book Tale of the Shikanoko series reaches its finale as destiny has its way, determining once and for all who will be emperor of Hearn's fantasy feudal Japan. Read full book review >

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BRILLIANCE OF THE MOON by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2004

"Lyric fantasy with a rare sense of the tragic."
The Otori trilogy smashes its way to a conclusion. Read full book review >

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ORDINARY OSCAR by Laura Adkins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Nonstop drollery for adventurous children and the adults who read to them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
One little snail has big dreams. Read full book review >

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GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A bridge between battles, not likely to thrill Nightingale fans, though it may garner new readers on its own merits."
The lull after the storm as a gifted warrior and a princess with a destiny ready themselves for war. Read full book review >

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BUSY BUILDERS by Sam Hearn
by Sam Hearn, illustrated by Sam Hearn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Construction-crazy toddlers and preschoolers will find plenty here to enjoy. (Board book. 2-5)"
An animal construction crew gets busy building a school. Read full book review >

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AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Even those immune to the charms of fantasy and operatic tribal warfare can admire Hearn's skill at juggling so many characters who defy fairy-tale simplicity."
The second installment in Hearn's The Tale of Shikanoko series about a mythical version of feudal Japan. Read full book review >

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ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2002

"What could have been a Shogun-like exercise in bloat becomes a rousingly muscular piece of romantic adventure, replete with shadowy assassins, fluttering battle flags, and doomed love."
Mythical medieval Japan never seemed so attractive as in this breezy epic, the first in a trilogy, about a boy with strange powers who gets caught up in a long-simmering inter-clan conflict. Read full book review >