Search Results: "Marissa Burt"


BOOK REVIEW

A SLIVER OF STARDUST by Marissa Burt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"The appealing premise is hamstrung by lengthy exposition and sluggish characterization. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Smart, 11-year-old Wren has just tied academic rival Simon at the Science Olympiad Trivia Challenge when a huge, white bird begins the magical apprenticeship of both children to the Ancient and Honorable Guild of the Fiddlers. Read full book review >

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STORY'S END by Marissa Burt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Despite its flaws, this book has a magical and endearing quality that may be particularly helpful for readers who need to leave an old story behind and begin to write a new one. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
There's no question that "[m]essing around in the Villainous parts of Story is risky stuff," in this sequel to Burt's debut novel, Storybound (2012). Read full book review >

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A LEGEND OF STARFIRE by Marissa Burt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Arduous. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Wren Matthews thought she had destroyed the evil Boggen, but he's back—and now, on Nod, he's experimenting with tainted stardust…on human subjects. Read full book review >

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STORYBOUND by Marissa Burt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"While the novel doesn't reach the heights to which it clearly aspires—Harry Potter, Inkheart, A Wrinkle in Time—its high concept could have cinematic potential, with deeper character development and less contrivance. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old girl finds herself to be an illegitimate visitor to the land of Story in this debut middle-grade fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE 12 DARES OF CHRISTA by Marissa Burt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A sweet story about letting go and allowing life to lead the way. (Fiction. 10-13)"
To say Christa Vasile loves Christmas is an understatement. Read full book review >

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KNICK KNACK PADDYWACK by Marissa Moss
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A unique counting book; entertaining sf for the youngest; and just nifty good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This old man is not what you expect, though his antics in Moss's creative adaptation are as ebullient as in the traditional version. Read full book review >

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AMELIA WRITES AGAIN by Marissa Moss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 12, 1996

"Though that particular section reflects some childlike wisdom, much of the notebook is corny. (Picture book. 7+)"
Amelia is back, as precocious as ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"An insider's knowing and engaging portrait, not to be found in any guidebook. (16-page photo insert, not seen)"
Washington hand Solomon (Where They Ain't, 1999) astutely tracks three families of American aristocrats who wielded power inside the Beltway through the 20th century. Read full book review >

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MATING FOR LIFE by Marissa Stapley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Stapley charmingly prefaces each chapter with a scientific tidbit about a particular animal or bird and its mating habits—perhaps an ironic nod to how similar people's behavior is to animals', for even the mate-for-life animals are, at times, unfaithful."
Stapley's debut novel explores the evolving relationships among mother, daughters, sisters…and the men in their lives. Read full book review >

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BETRAYING SEASON by Marissa Doyle
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The mixture of historical detail and magic makes this bodice-ripper another page-turner, if one that's a bit on the subdued side. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
Doyle's sequel to Bewitching Season (2008) gives Penelope (Pen) Leland center stage. Read full book review >

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LAST THINGS by Marissa Moss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"When Moss writes, 'this isn't how it's supposed to be,' other readers who aren't feeling what they're supposed to be feeling could well find comfort in a kindred spirit."
A graphic memoir by an author best known for her children's books details the devastating effects of her husband's amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on her entire family. Read full book review >