Search Results: "Mark Zug"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 2011

"An engaging, dynamic story that grapples intelligently with themes of race, class and morality."
In Fournier's thoughtful debut novel, a young man comes of age in the tense atmosphere of a city teetering on the edge of chaos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARKE by Angie Sage
Kirkus Star
by Angie Sage, illustrated by Mark Zug
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"A memorable, edge-of-the-seat escapade that will enthrall confirmed fans and newbies alike. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The penultimate episode in this well-crafted series pits apprentice wizard Septimus and allies against a relentless tide of Things bent on overwhelming the Magyk that protects the town of Castle and establishing a penumbral Darke Domaine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVEN KEYS OF BALABAD by Paul Haven
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"A cluster of likable stock characters and whip-wielding warriors keeps the endearing plot moving. (Adventure. 10-12)"
Intrepid heroes preserve the peace of a war-torn Muslim country in this adventuresome Boy's Own-type treasure hunt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PATHFINDER by Angie Sage
by Angie Sage, illustrated by Mark Zug
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An exciting reunion with a favorite series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
With the help of ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap, 12-year-old Alice TodHunter "Tod" Moon must learn to navigate the Ancient Ways of the PathFinder in order to find her missing father and save her people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUESTE by Angie Sage
Kirkus Star
by Angie Sage, illustrated by Mark Zug
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Sail on, Septimus. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Still showing no signs of strain, the saga of wizard-in-training Septimus Heap cruises through its fourth episode—and 2,200th page—thanks to generous wads of breezy charm, gusts of spectacular Magyk and a buoyant plot combining drama and comedy in just the right proportions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FYRE by Angie Sage
by Angie Sage, illustrated by Mark Zug
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2013

"A disorganized but amiable farewell—with hints of a spinoff series in the works. (map, finely detailed character studies at chapter heads) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
To wrap up her deservedly popular series, Sage calls back nearly all of the first six volumes' cast members, living and dead, for a fresh flurry of Magykal feats and threats from the Darke.Read full book review >

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PHYSIK by Angie Sage
by Angie Sage, illustrated by Mark Zug
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2007

"Readers unfamiliar with the two previous episodes will flounder—but stay entertained nonetheless, thanks to the speedy pace of events and, boosted by expressive vignettes at many chapter heads, strong-minded characters. (map, appendices) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Showing no signs of reaching a climax, this Potter-esque series ambles past its 1,500th page with another escapade that casts apprentice Magyk-worker Septimus and apprentice princess Jenna into various dangers in a setting well-stocked with ghosts, near-ghosts, secret passages, magical creatures, comical stock characters and dark doings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGYK by Angie Sage
Kirkus Star
by Angie Sage, illustrated by Mark Zug
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"A quick-reading, stand-alone, deliciously spellbinding series opener. (Web site) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Heads up, Harry, there's a new young wizard on his way up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD ROBERT by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Minor Jones to be sure, but still entirely intelligent and engaging. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Wild Robert provides the fizz in this outing from master fantasist Jones, the first US edition of a 1989 novella. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSING MARK by Julie Kramer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2009

"Nicely done, if not groundbreaking, with a likable heroine in an intriguing profession."
TV investigative reporter Riley Spartz has an instinct about stories, and the unexplained disappearance of a groom-to-be gets her juices flowing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 20, 2001

"A coffee-table volume that someone might actually read—and enjoy. The wonders of Burns and Company never cease. (110 b&w and 40 color illustrations)"
What comes after baseball, the Civil War, and jazz? Mark Twain, of course. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXCLAMATION MARK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Funny and spirited (and secretly educational, but nobody will notice). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Punctuation with pizzazz. Read full book review >