Search Results: "Keith McGowan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH'S CURSE by Keith McGowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Extraneous elements, rampant psycho-symbolism and multiple point-of-view switches turn this into a loosely woven grab-bag, but the resolution does provide some satisfaction. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Having narrowly avoided becoming dinner in The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children (2009), sibs Sol and Connie face another folkloric fate in this equally gothic sequel. Read full book review >

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THE WITCHES GUIDE TO COOKING WITH CHILDREN by Keith McGowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Yum. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In this mordant contemporary remake of "Hansel and Gretel," 11-year-old Sol and his little sister Connie find out the hard way that their next-door neighbor is a centuries-old witch. Read full book review >

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ONE BEAR EXTRAORDINAIRE by Jayme McGowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Now all this story needs is an audience, and it's sure to drum one up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Themes of inclusivity and individuality will strike chords with readers in McGowan's debut picture book. Read full book review >

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MAID OF DECEPTION by Jennifer McGowan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"This quick-paced romance should thrill and engage readers with a penchant for history. (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
McGowan takes up the tale of love and espionage in the court of the first Queen Elizabeth where she left off in her debut, Maid of Secrets (2013). Read full book review >

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MORTAL COIL by Anthony McGowan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2007

"A shady and literate thriller that oozes down-and-out ambience—and featuring, in the tradition of the best noir, a damaged and ambivalent knight errant."
McGowan's second noir (after Stag Hunt, 2004), set largely in London's seedier precincts and featuring colorful hoods, record-industry sharks, Nietzsche-quoting enforcers and cross-dressing power bassists, is fast-paced, brutal and surprisingly meditative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"McGowan closes with a macabre little endpiece on the deceptive tranquillity of an English garden that, while truly black of humor, adds a surprising fillip to the lecture. (line art)"
A schoolmasterish exposition on prey/predator survival techniques from University of Toronto zoologist McGowan. Read full book review >

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MAID OF SECRETS by Jennifer McGowan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 7, 2013

"This lively and fast-paced debut has plenty of action and plot twists to keep readers fully engaged. (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
Orphan and talented pickpocket Meg Fellowes gets more excitement than she bargained for when she is appointed spy and maid of honor to none other than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I in this swashbuckling tale of murder and intrigue in high places. Read full book review >

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THE KNIFE THAT KILLED ME by Anthony McGowan
FICTION
Released: April 13, 2010

"Depicting brutality without a hint of glamour, this tale of alienation and reaction cuts deeply into school culture and the teenage mind. (Fiction. YA)"
Paul Varderman, a Year Nine student at his mediocre local school, is caught between the quiet acceptance of the outcast students and the harsh domination of the school bully, Roth. Read full book review >

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JACK TUMOR by Anthony McGowan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 7, 2009

"Lots of laughs but little else. (Fiction. YA)"
Sarcastic, goofy D-lister Hector Brundy needs a makeover. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"McGowan has done his homework, offering instructive insights into Third World politics gone mad."
An exhaustive treatment, in the manner of a grim travelogue, of the ongoing Sri Lankan civil war. Read full book review >

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DUCHESS OF NOTHING by Heather McGowan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2006

"A truly original premise, artfully developed into a memorable and perversely entertaining comic horror story."
An eccentric woman grudgingly undertakes the "education" of a small boy left in her charge, in this flinty second novel from the Brooklyn author of the well-received debut fiction Schooling (2001). Read full book review >