Search Results: "K.M. Grant"


BOOK REVIEW

WHITE HEAT by K.M. Grant
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Purchase where the first volume is popular. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Plot advancement defers to character development in this sequel set during the 13th-century Albigensian crusade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BELLE'S SONG by K.M. Grant
FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Romance, issue book and spy novel—as varied an offering as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Burdened by guilt over her father's accident and seeking adventure, Belle Bellfounder joins a band of medieval pilgrims on a journey to Canterbury Cathedral, finding romance and danger along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Even if too many improbable coincidences drive the plot, and the conclusion is an obvious setup for the sequel, it is unlikely that fans of medieval adventure will mind. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
The allure of glorious lost causes inspires a tale set in 1242 amid the doomed heresy-fueled Occitan resistance to the French monarchy and the Church. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2005

"On the other hand, it is a page-turner, as Hosanna overcomes mistreatment, attack and injury to inspire both William and Saladin's assistant Kamil, into whose hands the horse briefly falls. (Historical fiction. 10+)"
A British import reminds us that there are historical potboilers for the young even as there are for their parents in this overblown and under-plotted first of a trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMPTY by K.M. Walton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 13, 2012

"It's subtle as a truck—see Ellen Hopkins' Impulse (2007) for a complex, layered treatment of suicide—but the stock portrayals may let readers (bullied, bully or observer) slot themselves in where appropriate and heed this red flag. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In a cautionary tale about merciless bullying, does generic characterization allow readers to look in a mirror, or does it dilute the point? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLIND BEAUTY by K.M. Peyton
Released: March 1, 2001

"Does Tessa ride an aging, longshot Buffoon to victory in the Grand National? Of course—even a thoroughly modern girl-and-her-horse story needs to follow the rules. Does this matter? To a lover of good girl-and-her-horse stories, of course not. (Fiction. 12+) "
A heroine who takes pride in her ability to get thrown out of schools updates an old-fashioned girl-and-her-horse story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This quality book will be a useful addition in both home and school libraries. (map, chronology, index) (Biography. 8-10)"
Kostyal has written a tight, bracing biography of the renowned Antarctic explorer, illustrated with dramatic black-and-white photographs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Death by Revelation by K.M. Wood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2013

"A well-plotted tale about family secrets with a plethora of suspense and intrigue."
A writer's obsession leads to revenge in this debut mystery novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Thomas Holland in the Realm of the Ogres by K.M. Doherty
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Familiar creatures and an otherworld setting, but a persistently fun tale chock-full of energy."
A boy and his elf and dwarf pals search for a power source to restore defenses for a mythical city in Doherty's (Thomas Holland and the Prophecy of Elfhaven, 2014) latest YA fantasy.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POOR BADGER by K.M. Peyton
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Despite some deft writing and the harrowing depiction of the neglected pony, a rather ordinary story with a flat, mildly unlikely conclusion. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Carnegie winner noted for dramatic, psychologically intricate novels in which horses often play an important role (Flambards, 1968) creates an updated Black Beauty scenario for younger readers: the rescue of a pony whose abuse makes this book more a cautionary tale than a well-plotted story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRACKED by K.M. Walton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 6, 2012

"Well-meaning but ineffective melodrama. (Fiction. 12-15)"
In a debut novel utterly devoid of subtlety, a bully and his primary target end up as roommates in a hospital psych ward. Read full book review >