Search Results: "Margi Preus"


BOOK REVIEW

ENCHANTMENT LAKE by Margi Preus
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"Francie may not be a real detective, but she is so confident that there's never really any doubt of her eventual success, making her good company but perhaps not riveting reading for hard-core mystery fans. (Mystery. 11-16)"
Preus, author of the Newbery Honor-winning Heart of a Samurai (2010), is known for her engrossing historical fiction. Now she changes pace and offers a mystery set in the present.Read full book review >

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THE BAMBOO SWORD by Margi Preus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Preus spins another suspenseful swashbuckler starring a Japanese boy who finds himself caught between cultures. (author's note, glossary, selected bibliography) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Yoshi is a natural with the sword and relishes the thought of slicing up the hairy, bulbous-nosed barbarian invaders to protect the Sacred Land of the Rising Sun. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A morally satisfying page turner. (author's note, archival photographs, maps, timeline, selected bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A teenage boy becomes a spy in Nazi-occupied Norway. Read full book review >

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THE CLUE IN THE TREES by Margi Preus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A great book for a lazy afternoon: a nod to Nancy that serves up a modern version of the classic teen detective heroine. (Mystery. 11-16)"
Francie is back for another outing in a second mystery set in Minnesota (Enchantment Lake, 2015). Read full book review >

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WEST OF THE MOON by Margi Preus
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Norwegian history, fiction and folklore intertwine seamlessly in this lively, fantastical adventure and moving coming-of-age story. (glossary, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Astri is a goat girl, but she's no Heidi; she's a sharp, stone-hard girl who hasn't yet found the goodness inside herself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy, by Rhoda Blumberg (2001). (historical note, extensive glossary, bibliography.) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
In 1841, 14-year-old Manjiro joined four others on an overnight fishing trip. Read full book review >

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THE PEACE BELL by Margi Preus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The author's note at the end, however, which recounts the real history, begs the question: With such an interesting story at the book's root, why not tell it instead of making something up? (Picture book. 5-8)"
A terribly earnest fictionalized version of an actual event. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"The accompanying watercolors, with flowing lines, jewel tones, and decorative motifs, give stately credence to the story's iconic aspects. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Lunge-Larsen and Preus debut with this story of a flower that blooms for the first time to commemorate the uncommon courage of a girl who saves her people from illness. Read full book review >

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NOAH'S ARK by Margi McCombs
by Margi McCombs, illustrated by Lisa Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"While the gimmick is fun, this ark doesn't hold water. (Board book. 1-3)"
A very simple retelling of Noah and the Great Flood. Read full book review >