Search Results: "Lis Toft"


BOOK REVIEW

GIRL WONDER AND THE TERRIFIC TWINS by Malorie Blackman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"B&w pencil drawings of all the mishaps. (Fiction. 6-8.)"
Maxine and her younger twin brothers imagine themselves to be superheroes as they confront everyday problems—like how to retrieve their soccer ball from a grouchy neighbor's flowerbed, rescue a cat from a tree, or persuade their mother to let them have a pet. Read full book review >

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GLORIA RISING by Ann Cameron
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2002

"Live and Learn' is the unstated theme, and by the end, readers will have a sense of what makes even Mrs. Yardley and Billy tick. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Having made it her mission to impart life information to middle-graders, Cameron brings Julian's friend Gloria (Gloria's Way, 2000) to the forefront once again for a series of edifying encounters. Read full book review >

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THE TWILIGHT CIRCUS by Di Toft
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Definitely a continuation rather than a freestanding episode, but the author keeps her ongoing plot galloping along and adds an assortment of marvelous new creatures to the cast. (Fantasy.10-13) "
An old foe sets a deadly trap for two young werewolves in a sequel framed by family reunions and positively festooned with hideous vampires. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOLVEN by Di Toft
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Expect sequels. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The hamlet of Temple Gurney seems ordinary enough—discounting the odd witch, spooky woods and old manor house with a supersecret laboratory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHORISTER AT THE ABBEY by Lis Howell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2008

"Well-realized characters can't make up for the overblown plot."
The murder of an unpopular history buff discloses dark secrets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Despite such burdens, Harris's four married couples endure through better and worse, making this a useful survival manual for newlyweds."
An absorbing look at the complicated, ever-changing institution of marriage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WORLD THAT WE WANT by Kim Michelle Toft
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"A gorgeous look at the interdependence of life on this earth, and a treasure to share with a youngster. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
In a "house that Jack built" pattern, Toft introduces readers to the many habitats that overlap to support the multitude of life on "the world that we want." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 11, 2003

"Of much interest to environmentalists, community planners, and policy wonks."
Create a clean, green paper mill in the heart of New York, adding jobs and dollars to a failing economy? Rare is the good idea that is realized without being made somehow less good. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CANDIDATE by Lis Wiehl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Though it's easy to enter and savor the wholly fictional world of politicians driving, and driven by, the media, Wiehl's plot is well-worn and derivative, with a predictable ending unworthy of her plucky heroine."
A senator's wife may have more invested in the campaign than just her good name. Can a reporter uncover the truth before she becomes the next target? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FATAL TIDE by Lis Wiehl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Though usually known for memorable characters, Wiehl and Nelson lose the trail and the reader when what should be the climax of their East Salem trilogy gets bogged down describing the rules of the supernatural world and reciting the story developments since the second installment (Darkness Rising, 2012)."
A plague of demons threatens humanity, and there's only a small team of the devout, backed up by some angels, to stop them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MATTER OF TRUST by Lis Wiehl
Released: March 19, 2013

"Fans who miss the characters and relationships Wiehl (Eyes of Justice, 2012, etc.) usually develops and find her case for a sympathetic heroine less than compelling may want to wait till next time around."
A prosecutor investigating a colleague's death realizes that she too could be in danger. Read full book review >