Search Results: "Kirkus MacGowan"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"An expertly crafted murder mystery that will delight readers with compelling characters, smart dialogue and some truly unexpected supernatural elements."
MacGowan's fast-paced thriller blends crime procedural with interpersonal drama and supernatural elements. Read full book review >

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STORM by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"There is no middle-volume sag in this pulse-pounding thriller. (Adventure. 10-16)"
In series opener Sylo (2013), war came to Tucker Pierce on Pemberwick Island off the coast of Maine; this middle volume picks up where the first left off. Read full book review >

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THE FRESNO INCIDENT by Philip L.  Rettew
Released: Dec. 30, 2011

"A plot-heavy, action-filled read that thrills with international intrigue."
A terrorist attack shakes Fresno, and Jake Lewis is left to mourn the woman of his dreams—or is he? Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR HIGH TIDE by Nikki McClure
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"The tide has brought an extraordinary book to our shores. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A child waits for the tide to rise, working alongside Mama and Papa to construct a log raft and observing coastal creatures the whole long, hot while. Read full book review >

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Forbidden Fruit by Gail Pellett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"An often engaging story of a Chinese journey that's worth telling."
A Canadian-born radical leftist and freelance broadcast journalist offers a debut memoir of her year in Communist China, where she edited English-language propaganda for Radio Beijing. Read full book review >

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BERNICE GETS CARRIED AWAY by Hannah E. Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"While the final twist is a bit heavy-handed, overall, the emotional honesty, simple, understated text, and entertaining visual humor combine to create an appealing take on a problem that occasionally plagues us all, whether child, adult, or grumpy cat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A series of minor disappointments leads Bernice to make a greedy grab at a friend's birthday party which in turn spurs an unexpected change of heart. Read full book review >

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DEERE IS RIGHT HERE!  by Gregory Gebhart
Released: March 3, 2017

"A well-designed and likable addition to the hefty field of picture books for young fans of useful heavy machinery and trucks."
John Deere tractors show their multipurpose usefulness in this continuation of a picture-book series for young children. Read full book review >

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CAT IS WHERE IT'S AT! by Gregory Gebhart
Released: Feb. 25, 2017

"Simple text, accessible vocabulary, and plentiful photos may spark conversations about the types of jobs that machines can do."
A versatile vehicle is the subject of Gebhart's (Deere is Right Here!, 2017, etc.) latest picture book for very young readers.Read full book review >

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THE GARDEN OF MY IMAAN by Farhana Zia
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Omissions aside, Zia's gentle message—that Muslims come from many cultures whose observances differ, while the long shadow of 9/11 hovers over all—is timely and beautifully conveyed. (Fiction. 8-12)"
While inviting comparison to Judy Blume's seminal AreYou There God? It's Me, Margaret, this likable tale of an Indian-American girl who fears drawing attention from those hostile toward Muslims focuses on the social consequences of religious identity, rather than faith itself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOUSE OF SPIES by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Another chilling glimpse inside global terror networks from a gifted storyteller."
Gabriel Allon is back in the field. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MECHANICAL by Ian Tregillis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Not quite yet peak Tregillis, but his fans—and other readers with an interest in dark, intelligent fantasy—will find much to admire here."
First of a new fantasy trilogy from the author of the splendid Something More Than Night (2013, etc.).Read full book review >

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STORMBIRD by Conn Iggulden
Released: July 8, 2014

"Capturing the stink and gore, violence and romance of medieval life, Iggulden makes real those grand characters who live in the collective memory. A page-turner sure to have readers eager for the next in the series."
Iggulden (The Blood of Gods, 2013, etc.) rallies dukes and barons, archers and peasants, schemers and warriors in this first in a trilogy chronicling the 15th-century War of the Roses. Read full book review >