Search Results: "Laurence Yep"


BOOK REVIEW

CITY OF DEATH by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A tongue-in-cheek ramble with frequent opportunities for derring-do and a multitude of supernatural entities more colorful than dangerous. (afterword) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The world turns out to need saving from more than just one menace in this conclusion to Yep's teeming and polymythical fantasy/alternate history/quest/rescue/coming-of-age epic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEETWATER by Laurence Yep
Released: May 1, 1973

Shimmering like the star-charmed Argan music that Tyree learns from the spiderlike alien Amadeus, this is a many faceted vision of the watery city of Old Sion, planet Harmony. Read full book review >

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DRAGON OF THE LOST SEA by Laurence Yep
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1982

"But for fanciers of fantasy as travelogue of enchantment, there are descriptive passages of spotlight intensity and an overlay of visual embroidery—plus attention to the protagonists' physical sensations, including those involved in the process of changing from human to dragon form."
Yep turns to pure fantasy in this story of a several-hundred-year-old dragon princess traveling the land with a young orphan boy. Read full book review >

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SEADEMONS by Laurence Yep
Released: Nov. 23, 1977

"Hard to categorize, but nice."
"The Folk" are a shipload of refugees recently escaped from a race of cruel masters who employed them as combat troops and kept them in a state of technological ignorance. Read full book review >

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THE STAR MAKER by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Reminiscent of Tomie dePaola's 26 Fairmount Avenue books, this brief tale tenderly portrays a large, loving extended family and presents a rich multicultural theme and an engaging plot for middle-to-upper-elementary readers. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In the way that young children often do, when pressed by his bullying older cousin Petey 8-year-old Artie boasts that he'll provide the whole family with firecrackers for the upcoming Chinese New Year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAGON ROAD by Laurence Yep
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Yep adds to his ongoing Golden Mountain Chronicles with this absorbing tale of a basketball team that leaves San Francisco's Chinatown to barnstorm across California and the West in 1939. Read full book review >

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DRAGONS OF SILK by Laurence Yep
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An interesting glimpse into a little-known aspect of Chinese history and culture and a fitting conclusion to an epic series that began in 1975 with the Newbery Honor-winning Dragonwings. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Silk, an ancient legend and family history tie several generations of formidable females together over three centuries in this conclusion to Yep's monumental Golden Mountain Chronicles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2006

"A nice choice for sensitive readers. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Returning to the charm of the first installment, Yep finishes Tom's tale with more sweetness than adrenaline. Read full book review >

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HIROSHIMA by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"As 1995 will mark 50 years since the bomb was dropped, new materials are needed to join Eleanor Coerr's Sadako and the Paper Cranes (1977) and Toshi Maruki's horrifying Hiroshima No Pika (1980); this offering is unlikely to lead the pack. (Fiction. 10- 13)"
Though deeply felt, a choppy, confusing account of Hiroshima's destruction that reads like a set of preliminary notes. Read full book review >

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LATER, GATOR by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 1995

"An entertaining ending is marred by an afterword expounding the villainy of mistreating pets, but this remains an interesting slice-of-life portrait based in San Francisco's Chinatown. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Teddy's younger brother, Bobby, is kind, helpful, and loving; Teddy therefore does what he must to make Bobby's life miserable. Read full book review >

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DRAGON CAULDRON by Laurence Yep
FANTASY
Released: April 30, 1991

"More to come. (Fiction. 10+)"
The further adventures of dragon Princess Shimmer (Dragon of the Lost Sea, 1982; Dragon Steel, 1985), who is still attempting to restore her lost home. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"This doesn't match Child of the Owl for atmosphere or excitement, but the father-son abrasions have their own particular sting, and Craig's quieter way of groping for belonging has some of the authentic virtues of the natural environment he experiences with Uncle."
Moving from San Francisco's vibrant Chinatown to the miniscule one down in Concepcion is a drag, and Craig Chin has the added burden of being fat, slow, and clumsy when his father—once Chinatown's basketball champ and an all-city star—wants him to excel at "American" sports. Read full book review >