Search Results: "Kelly Barnhill"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH'S BOY by Kelly  Barnhill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The classic fantasy elements are all there, richly reimagined, with a vivid setting, a page-turning adventure of a plot, and compelling, timeless themes. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
Nine enormous boulders are awakened from their long sleep by the actions of a seemingly powerless boy and the daughter of the Bandit King. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly  Barnhill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Guaranteed to enchant, enthrall, and enmagick. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An elderly witch, a magical girl, a brave carpenter, a wise monster, a tiny dragon, paper birds, and a madwoman converge to thwart a magician who feeds on sorrow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IRON HEARTED VIOLET by Kelly  Barnhill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Though infinitely readable from the first page onward, this is one tale that never quite finds its footing. Art not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Although she uses the standard set of ingredients (spunky princess, stable boy, two-dimensional villain, dragon, small helpful magical creatures, etc.), Barnhill's latest never quite lives up to its potential. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK by Kelly  Barnhill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"An enticing read that is certain to keep both the hero and audience guessing at every carefully plotted reveal. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A truly splendid amalgamation of mystery, magic and creeping horror will spellbind the middle-grade set. Read full book review >

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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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BOOK REVIEW

QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DAUGHTER by Anne Clinard Barnhill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Elizabeth's court in miniature."
Queen Elizabeth I, who remained unmarried and childless, made her surrogate child's life miserable, according to Barnhill's second novel about her Boleyn ancestors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT’S A BUTTERFLY’S LIFE by Irene Kelly
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"A book that proves science nonfiction can be accurate, factual and completely engrossing, this is a must for libraries and any curious nature lovers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Almost any five-year-old can tell you the basics of a butterfly's life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 2005

"The unorthodox format is well suited to spark interest in other imaginative journeys and to reading and writing about other parts of the world both in and out of the classroom. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Owney, a scruffy little stray mutt, wanders into the Albany post office in 1889, wins the hearts of the postal workers and becomes their mascot, riding the mail wagon to and from the train station. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RAVEN’S GIFT by Kelly Dupre
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"While the full mystic import of the narrator's epiphany will likely escape most young readers, the appealingly primitive illustrations and the fundamental lure of the unknown will draw children in to this most unusual and pleasing offering. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A tale of endurance and mystery in the Arctic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVEN AN OSTRICH NEEDS A NEST by Irene Kelly
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2009

"Though the addition of source notes and an index would aid the budding researcher, this offering will intrigue many young ornithologists. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
From the North American bald eagle to the Australian brush-turkey, the nesting habits of 40 different birds are briefly explored. Read full book review >