Search Results: "Lynne Reid Banks"


BOOK REVIEW

ALICE-BY-ACCIDENT by Lynne Reid Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2000

"Although the reading level is 9 to 13, many of the older kids in that age range will resist reading about a child that much younger than themselves (the reason, perhaps, behind the misleading cover). (Fiction. 9-13)"
Banks (The Key to the Cupboard, 1998, etc.) introduces a highly appealing character in an ultimately disappointing novel. Read full book review >

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TIGER, TIGER by Lynne Reid Banks
ANIMALS
Released: June 14, 2005

"A much better journey into this era would be Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mysteries series. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A melodramatic foray into an extremely fictional ancient Rome. Read full book review >

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ANGELA AND DIABOLA by Lynne Reid Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"The two approaches don't always blend: Banks often sacrifices subtlety for the broad satire of Roald Dahl's work, but the conclusion is both satisfying and novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Banks (The Mystery of the Cupboard, 1993, etc.) introduces readers to twin girls—one purely good, one purely evil—who make a hash of their well-intentioned parents' lives. Read full book review >

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THE DUNGEON by Lynne Reid Banks
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Nevertheless, those who don't object to some melodrama, may enjoy the journey and the ample historical detail. (Fiction. 12+)"
Fourteenth-century Scottish laird Bruce MacLennan commissions a castle complete with dungeon, then embarks on a trip following the path of Marco Polo. Read full book review >

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UPROOTED by Lynne Reid Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Lovingly written, the story opens a window to a long-ago world. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
British novelist Banks presents her wartime memories in novel form. Read full book review >

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MAURA'S ANGEL by Lynne Reid Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Banks doesn't have all the answers, but she turns some of the questions into an enjoyable and discussion-worthy read. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a sweet but thoughtful page-turner, Banks (Angela and Diabola, 1997, etc.) cleverly explores violence-torn modern-day Belfast through the eyes of a child, and her angel. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF THE CUPBOARD by Lynne Reid Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Cupboard'' book, but fans won't want to miss it; with a first printing of 75,000, they won't have to. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When Omri's family moves to the country house his mother has inherited, he learns the earlier history of the magical cupboard first featured in The Indian in the Cupboard (1980). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 2001

"Ross's black-and-white, engaging illustrations provide lively visual clarity, but they cannot save this mess. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In this second book about Harry the Poisonous Centipede (1998) our intrepid hero and his friend George are captured by a "hoo-man" and are catapulted into a series of adventures precipitated by the need to find their way home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Ross's sprightly black-and-white line drawings convey all the action and an array of centipede emotions. (Fiction. 8+)"
Banks (Angela and Diabola, p. 716, etc.) may be pushing the envelope again, this time with a protagonist who is young, poisonous, and many-legged. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC HARE by Lynne Reid Banks
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A refreshing alternative to standard fairy tales. (Fiction. 6+)"
Ten fanciful tales about a hare with magical powers who rescues maidens from vampires, dragons, or their own fears; christens a tiny flower that had been overlooked (the harebell, of course); makes an end of one horrible giant and reforms another; cures assorted royalty of their hiccups, greed, and bad temper; and meets his match in a black witch who works white magic to turn Hare into a human for one brief, uncomfortable moment. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH BANKS by Patrick O'Brian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An impressive achievement, destined to swell the ranks of O'Brian's already sizable readership."
A finely wrought and fascinating biography from O'Brian, acclaimed author of historical naval adventures (The Truelove, 1992, etc.), who now turns his considerable storytelling talents to the life of Joseph Banks (1743-1820)—explorer, botanist, natural philosopher. Read full book review >