Search Results: "Kevin Sylvester"


BOOK REVIEW

NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE BARD'S BANQUET by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The constant suspense, innocent romance, a lovely recipe for scones, and the flamboyant, irrepressible chef will captivate fans of the series and impel new readers to the nearest bookstore or library. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Neil Flambé, 15-year-old culinary genius, contends with Shakespearean lore in this fifth addition to the mystery series that highlights his name (and sensitive nose). Read full book review >

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BASEBALLOGY by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"Still, as well as a browser's delight, a wide-angled, if fragmentary and heavily pixelated, overview of the sport as it was and is today. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Even confirmed students of the sport will have something to learn from this fannish assemblage of baseball facts and trivia. Read full book review >

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MINRS by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Flawed in almost every way. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A group of brave colonists travel to Perses, the solar system's newest planetoid, to mine for materials to replace the Earth's depleted resources. Read full book review >

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NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE CRUSADER'S CURSE by Kevin Sylvester
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2012

"This is a funny book, chock full of action, slapstick, puns and eccentrics. Fans of the first two will eat it up. (Mystery. 12-14)"
This mystery/adventure, third in the series, begins in Vancouver, Canada, then takes a side trip to Paris, leaving a trail of amusement and mayhem. Read full book review >

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SPLINTERS by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Goal! (Picture book. 5-9)"
Hockey is Cindy Winters's love, and she's very good at it. Read full book review >

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MINRS 2 by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An infuriatingly wasteful sequel. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
The children of Perses deal with more troubles. Read full book review >

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FOLLOW YOUR MONEY by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Knowing why something costs so much might make you appreciate it, and the people who get it to you, more—and, perhaps, to act on that knowledge. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Ka-ching! The sound says it all, but it is only the end of a long journey, as Sylvester and Hlinka explain. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"An extensive closing catalog of familiar 'Parentisms'—'I'm not running a taxi service,' 'Because I said so, that's why,' etc.—adds a chuckle-inducing lagniappe. (Informational ephemera. 9-11)"
Gleefully providing ammunition for snarky readers eager to second-guess misguided beliefs and commands of grown-ups, Rondina dishes up the straight poop on dozens of topics from the cleanliness of a dog's mouth and the relationship (none) between French fries and acne to whether an earwig could really crawl into your ear and eat your brains. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREAT by Glen Gretzky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fun and effort trump commercialization and competitiveness every time in sports, and this book tells a plain truth that Gretzky learned early. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you have a hankering for hockey, when the Gretzky family weighs in, sit up and listen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOUR GRAPES by Martin Sylvester
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 1992

"William, a little adrift without a woman at hand to interest him, is still excellent company as he dissects Mediterranean machismo."
William Warner, urbane wine-seller/sleuth (Rough Red, etc.), is encouraged by his wife to help out his former mistress, Maud, whose companion Nick has disappeared from their rustic quarters on Crete, thereby setting in motion some of the most insightful, beguiling travel writing this side of Jan Morris. Read full book review >

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The Bolden Directive by Tom Sylvester
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Rich with vivid characters and suspense."
In Sylvester's (The Bernoulli Award, 2009 etc.) latest thriller, Col. Jack Bolden seeks the truth surrounding the mysterious deaths of his wife and closest friend. Read full book review >

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THE VISITORS by Simon Sylvester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Successfully explores the power of stories and storytelling across place and time."
In Sylvester's debut novel, myth and mystery collide on an isolated Scottish island when two strangers move in. Read full book review >