Search Results: "Kate Messner"


BOOK REVIEW

KATE by William J. Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A sprawling salute to an awe-inspiring, world-class actor."
Film biographer/historian Mann (Edge of Midnight, 2005, etc.) considers the vibrant life of a 20th-century icon with encyclopedic scrutiny and a pinch of whimsy. Read full book review >

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THE SEVENTH WISH by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Hopeful, empathetic, and unusually enlightening. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this novel-length riff on "The Fisherman and His Wife," when Charlie goes ice fishing with pal Drew and his nana, she catches a fish who says it will grant her wishes in return for its release. Read full book review >

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SUGAR AND ICE by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"The addition of a light romance and the satisfying conclusion will appeal to those who have skating fantasies of their own, despite the childish cover art. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Claire Boucher's life revolves around ice skating, whether she's on the cow pond or the local rink in her hometown of Mojimuk Falls, N.Y. Although she is a gifted skater, 12-year-old Claire does not like competing. Read full book review >

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THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.  by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"An ending that's hopeful without being saccharine is another big plus. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A beloved grandmother is failing. Read full book review >

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WAKE UP MISSING by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"With plenty of thrills, friendship, some humor, intrigue and an easy good-guys/bad-guys escape plot, young readers will find lots of fun here. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Six middle schoolers + mad scientists + Everglades = adventure. Read full book review >

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HIDE AND SEEK by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Aptly titled, this energetic treasure hunt is sure to find an enthusiastic audience. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three young members of the Silver Jaguar Society team up with a Costa Rican 10-year-old to find the stolen Jaguar Cup, a pre-Columbian gold artifact hidden at a rain-forest ecolodge. Read full book review >

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CAPTURE THE FLAG by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Just in time for the Fourth of July, a sparkling start for a promising new series. (Mystery. 8-12)"
When the Star-Spangled Banner is taken from its super-secure Smithsonian vault, three kids connected by their Vermont background and family membership in a secret artifact-protection society combine with a visiting fourth to find the irreplaceable national treasure. Read full book review >

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THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Middle school worries and social issues skillfully woven into a moving, hopeful, STEM-related tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Following the precise coordinates of geocaching doesn't yield the treasure Kirby Zagonski Jr. seeks: his missing father. Read full book review >

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DANGER IN ANCIENT ROME by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2015

"A great choice for fans of the Magic Treehouse series, who will be looking forward to Ranger's next adventure. (Adventure. 5-9)"
Time-traveling golden retriever Ranger is back, this time saving the day in ancient Rome. Read full book review >

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ALL THE ANSWERS by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This sympathetic protagonist offers children a mostly successful look at clinical anxiety. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Ava Anderson finds a magic pencil in the kitchen junk drawer, geometry becomes a lot easier—and her life becomes much more complicated. Read full book review >

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RESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This well-paced story will keep the attention of even reluctant readers with its commitment to accurately chronicling the excitement and danger of the Oregon Trail. Whom will Ranger save next? (Adventure. 5-9)"
This series' first entry introduces a courageous time-traveling golden retriever on the Oregon Trail. Read full book review >

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KATE & PIPPIN by Martin Springett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Again, awwww. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The true story, captured in intimate photos, of an old Great Dane and an abandoned fawn. Awwww. Read full book review >