Search Results: "Kathi Ember"


BOOK REVIEW

EMBER by Brock Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A good-enough survival thriller that doesn't disappoint so much as it fails to truly impress."
The sun has fizzled down to an ember and the human race is left to figure out how to survive the frozen new world in Adams' (Gulf, 2010) dystopian debut novel. Read full book review >

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MOTHER’S DAY SURPRISE by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Ember's illustrations are equally pallid; Violet has teeny fangs and what looks a little like a rattle, but it's clear all she eats is marshmallows. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Young Violet likes "sliding and slithering and shedding her skin whenever it got old," as well as distinctly un-snakely activities such as racing with rabbits, hanging with bats and fooling around with chipmunks. Read full book review >

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A FATHER’S DAY THANK YOU by Janet Nolan
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"A warm sentiment to share with any child shopping for Father's Day. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Harvey is confounded when it comes to figuring out what his Dad would like for Father's Day. Read full book review >

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THE CITY OF EMBER by Jeanne DuPrau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"No substitute for the original, but an agreeable alternative for younger or less-able readers. (Graphic science fiction. 8-10)"
Effective use of light and shadow in the art give this graphic adaptation of the 2003 novel a properly spooky look, but it reads overall more like a summary than a developed story. Read full book review >

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THE EMBER STONE by Katrina  Charman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A promising start to a series for fledgling fantasy readers. (Animal fantasy. 6-9)"
The first entry in the Last Firehawk series introduces the whimsical adventures of a brave little owl and his friends. Read full book review >

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EMBER FROM THE SUN by Mark Canter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An effective blend of scientific fact and shamanistic fancy, one that weaves a genuinely magic spell. (First printing of 100,000; Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
Neanderthals (who disappeared from the world 40,000 years ago) get a new lease on life in this impressive, engrossing debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE CITY OF EMBER by Jeanne DuPrau
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2003

"The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment. (Fiction. 9-13)"
This promising debut is set in a dying underground city. Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMBER CROW by Ambelin Kwaymullina
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 10, 2016

"Fresh and fascinating. (author note) (Indigenous futurism. 12-18)"
Six months after the events in series opener The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (2014), the Tribe is thriving; then Ember Crow fails to return from a scouting mission, and Ashala and Connor, searching for answers, make a discovery that upends what they thought they knew about their friend and their own history.Read full book review >

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AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015

"Bound to be popular. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A suddenly trendy trope—conflict and romance between members of conquering and enslaved races—enlivened by fantasy elements loosely drawn from Arabic tradition (another trend!). Read full book review >

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THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 4, 2017

"Readers seeking a queer fantasy that taps into the popularity of mermaids and fairy-tale adaptations may appreciate this offering despite its flaws. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A free-spirited mermaid chafes against the constraints of her imperiled community, risking her life for a taste of love and freedom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHATTERED by Kathi Baron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2009

"Still, this poignant story of multigenerational abuse is a compelling read. (Fiction. 11-13)"
It ought to be the best day of 14-year-old Cassie's life—the day of her violin solo with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra—but her always-angry dad is more jittery than usual. Read full book review >