Search Results: "Justin Heimberg"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SPIRIT GLASS by Justin Heimberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Cool ideas, good execution, mediocre text. (Puzzle book. 7-10)"
Readers are challenged to unlock the secrets of a haunted house, with the aid of a "magic glass." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Endowed with a lavender color scheme for the page borders and small cartoons that clash nicely with the chartreuse cover, this will catch the eye and likely draw a few yuks from susceptible young readers before drifting from view. (Semi-informational recreation. 8-10)"
A bit of literary gossamer if ever there was one, the latest of the Worst-Case Scenario Handbooks offers perfunctory advice for readers unfortunate enough to be kidnapped by aliens, attacked by mummies, ghosts, vampires or zombies ("Don't get cornered"), transported to ancient Rome or prehistoric times and like predicaments. Read full book review >

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ALLIES & ASSASSINS by Justin Somper
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 27, 2014

"Here's hoping they'll be rewarded with more depth and color in the sequels to come. (Adventure. 12-16)"
Following the murder of his brother, Prince Anders, Jared must not only assume the throne as ruler of all Archenfield, but take on the role of investigator into the crime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ACTING OUT by Justin Chanda
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2008

"A dollop of fun for everyone. (Plays. 8-14)"
Editor Chanda recruited six Newbery Award-winning authors—Avi, Susan Cooper, Sharon Creech, Patricia MacLachlan, Katherine Paterson and Richard Peck—to write one-act plays suitable for children to read either silently or aloud, or perhaps to stage. Read full book review >

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HUNT FOR THE LAST CAT by Justin Denzel
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

"Their deaths mark the end of the age of giant mammals; for readers who don't get the point, the author suggests in an afterword that we too shall pass. (Fiction. 11-14)"
As an aging saber-toothed tiger prowls prehistoric Florida, a young paleo-Indian struggles to escape his tribe's superstitious beliefs. Read full book review >

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REFORMED by Justin Weinberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"A pale imitation of Gordon Korman's best. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Will Ian's friendships survive bully school? Will he survive? Read full book review >

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THE NINE DRAGONS by Justin Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1991

"Scott is a pedestrian stylist at best, butwhile some of the early going seems padded and slowthere's no letup in tension once the story gets rolling, with enough twists and surprises in the closing pages to satisfy all who persevere."
More solid storytelling from Scott (Rampage, 1986, etc.), now with an exciting, albeit uneven, novel detailing a young woman's desperate efforts to salvage her family's storied trading firmall amidst the turmoil and violence surrounding the surrender of British Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China in 1997. ``The Turnover'' is an event with enormous implications not only for China but for the entire international business community, and Scott does a good job of filling in American readers unfamiliar with the situation as he recounts how Victoria Mackintosh, returned to Hong Kong after the failure of the New York hotel in which she had persuaded her father to invest, is thrust into the role of taipan of Mackintosh Farquhar at a crucial point in the company'sand the city'shistory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HONEYMOON by Justin Haythe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"A languid debut. Haythe has potential, but his inability to distinguish the significant detail from the insignificant makes his vision hazy."
Fresh young love is no match for the Oedipal variety. Read full book review >