Search Results: "Kristen Margiotta"


BOOK REVIEW

GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE NIGHTMARE VAULT by Adam-Troy Castro
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"A die-cut cover scene and Margiotta's chapter-head views of huge-eyed gamins posing in canted settings add to the pervasive air of strangeness, but it's still a slog. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
In a sequel that cycles around the same track as the opener, Castro sheds light on the past and nature of the aptly named Gloom mansion and the saturnine lad who lives there alone with armies of animate shadows. Read full book review >

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GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE PEOPLE TAKER by Kristen Margiotta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"The author leaves much to be explored and explained in future episodes, but fans of Unfortunate Events will be willing to wait. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
In this promising series opener, a homicidal maniac stalks two children through a spooky old house that's far larger inside than outside. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The text is uneven, but the brightly colored, detailed illustrations will appeal to children. (Folklore. 5-9)"
Three original folktales take readers on a journey around the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUT IT ON THE LIST! by Kristen Darbyshire
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

This bird family has a problem: They are always running out of groceries! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY BOTTLE by Kristen Balouch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Sweet, magical and visually fascinating. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A seven-year-old boy receives a mysterious package that takes him on a journey to a distant grandfather. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BREAKING POINT by Kristen Simmons
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 2, 2013

"A slog, with perhaps enough moments between Ember and Chase to appease romance devotees. (Dystopian romance. 12-16)"
The lengthy sequel to dystopian romance Article 5 (2012) sees fugitives Ember Miller and Chase Jennings deepening their involvement with a resistance operation. Read full book review >

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THE REINVENTION OF BESSICA LEFTER by Kristen Tracy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"Both family and school are believable, but, appropriately, this is all about Bessica, a character whose newfound bear persona schoolmates and readers alike can applaud. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Bessica Lefter looked forward to middle school until a rash decision to get matching pixie haircuts led to her having to negotiate the new school entirely on her own, without her longtime best friend Sylvie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 2012

"Superbly crafted tale of Cold War America's dark underside."
A harrowing account of Colorado's Rocky Flats plutonium plant by a woman who grew up nearby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VINTNER'S DAUGHTER by Kristen Harnisch
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Wine aficionados and fans of romance and historical fiction will drink this in."
A young French woman, determined to pursue her dreams, shows resourcefulness and endurance as she journeys from her home to America in a novel set in the late 1800s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The ideas—extreme control of women and their sexuality—are more successful than the story's execution. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl raised free in the wild struggles to escape the fate of city girls—being auctioned for breeding. Read full book review >