Search Results: "Keith Strickland"


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THE LAST TRAIN by Trevor Nevett
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"A heartwarming tale of friendship and the power of storytelling."
Two boys meet a mysterious old man on their magical train journey. Read full book review >

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WORDLESS by Adrianne Strickland
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 8, 2014

"Sure, it's the start of a trilogy about a foundling who is a destined savior with a prickly love interest from the other side of the tracks—but with a nonetheless intriguing, original science-fantasy setting sure to attract fans. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
An illiterate garbage man is also the 17-year-old hero who'll save the Earth from megalomaniac overlords. Read full book review >

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TEN POINTS by Bill Strickland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2007

"Uncomfortable, but ultimately satisfying."
A promise to his daughter impels the author to revisit his horrific childhood. Read full book review >

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GRIMOIRE by Brad Strickland
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Good start. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Set around—or, rather, within—the pages of a powerful collection of spells, this suspenseful series opener traps the untrained scion of a magical family in a dismal alternate London, where numerous dangers await. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"There are enough well-placed frissons to keep readers flipping those pages, even those who know that, in keeping with series formula, all nefarious plans will be nixed. (Fiction. 10+)"
At first, Johnny's most serious problems are right out of the textbook for the budding adolescent: How will he survive the summer without his friend Fergie (he makes a new sandlot pal, Sarah Channing), and what will rescue him from boredom (a job Professor Childermass finds him at the town's Gudge Museum). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A serviceable continuation to a still-promising series. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Following Grimoire: Curse of the Midions (2006), episode two is one long chase sequence as young Jarvey Midion and his capable friend Lucy Dare search for his kidnapped parents through more worlds created by his ancestors within the pages of a magic tome. Read full book review >

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WHEN MACK CAME BACK by Brad Strickland
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2000

"Readers who believe in the mystical bond that can exist between people and animals will cheer Mack on as he slowly and quietly helps heal the emotional pain of the Painter family members. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this heart-tugging period piece about a poor but proud farming family, Strickland (The Specter From the Magician's Museum, not reviewed, etc.) invites readers into the world of backcountry Georgia at the time of WWII. Read full book review >

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THE TOWER AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Brad Strickland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"For fans of Bellairs hungry for another dose of his spellbinding mystery, this will serve to deaden the thirst, but not quench it. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In comparison to the original, this addition to the series begun with John Bellairs's The House with a Clock in Its Walls (1984) falls short. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Good character development and plenty of momentum make this an enjoyable read, but there is clearly a lot more story ahead—this installment ends not with a cliffhanger but an anticipation of action yet to come. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Asteria Locke is the only survivor of a Raider attack against her father's farm. Read full book review >

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DOWN AT THE GOLDEN COIN by Kim Strickland
Released: March 20, 2012

"A lesson in faith and the power of positive thinking, all nestled within a satisfying story."
In Strickland's novel, one person's messiah is another's juvenile delinquent. Read full book review >

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LIFELESS by Adrianne Strickland
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Fans of action-packed dystopias will enjoy Tavin's attempts not to lose himself in the ferocity of his power, and they will stay tuned for Volume 3 and its likely romantic angst. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
An 18-year-old boy doesn't want the phenomenal cosmic power that's turning him into an out-of-control killing machine in this trilogy's middle volume. Read full book review >