Search Results: "Markus Zusak"


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FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE by Markus Zusak
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Engrossing. (Fiction. YA)"
From Australia, Zusak debuts with an intense tale about boxing, brotherly solidarity, and searching for self-respect. Read full book review >

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UNDERDOGS by Markus Zusak
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Appealing to fans and providing an entry point for fresh readers, this is a much-appreciated addition to the Wolfe brothers' canon. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A three-in-one volume binds together Zusak's two later books about Cameron with his first, paradoxically the last to appear in the United States. Read full book review >

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I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Those, however, who like to speculate about the nature of fiction, might enjoy the unlikely, even gimmicky, conclusion. (Fiction. YA)"
In this winner of the Australian Children's Book Award for Older Readers, 19-year-old Ed Kennedy slouches through life driving a taxi, playing poker with his buddies, and hanging out with his personable dog, Doorman. Read full book review >

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GETTING THE GIRL by Markus Zusak
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2003

"Poignant yet unsentimental, his coming-of-age exploration will touch the heart. (Fiction. YA)"
A self-contained working-class lad falls for his brother's ex-girlfriend, which in turn triggers a rift between the siblings. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
FICTION
Released: March 14, 2006

"Beautiful and important. (Fiction. 12+)"
When Death tells a story, you pay attention. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2000

"More historical novel than critical analysis, but a lush, well researched, and very engaging read."
A splendid portrait of two Victorian ladies. Read full book review >

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LADY BYRON AND HER DAUGHTERS by Julia Markus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A literary biographer with a light, mellifluous touch underscores the precarious position of women in 19th-century English society."
A lively story of an aggrieved wife fleeing an impulsive Regency romance, which became a massive scandal in 19th-century England. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 1995

"Without psychological insight or historical grasp, Markus plunges this marital biography into Barrett's unilluminated obsessions with her father, depression, spiritualism, and (possible) Creole ancestry, while Browning is relegated to mere uxoriousness. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Novelist Markus (A Change of Luck, 1991, etc.), between her tendentious lionization of Elizabeth Barrett and bland veneration of Robert Browning, turns their complex union into a novelette romance for English majors. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Fascinating and useful, but exceedingly recherché."
A microscopic look at the staid Victorian biographer and pupil of Thomas Carlyle, by novelist and 19th-century scholar Markus (Across an Untried Sea, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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INSIDE MY PENCIL by Peter Markus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An inventive and inspiring memoir from an innovative educator."
A fiction writer chronicles his journey teaching Detroit children to use words to give flight to their imaginations. Read full book review >

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Released: July 19, 2011

"A simple, but resourceful trip down memory lane that's fun and instructional."
A retired Chicago Tribune sports writer recalls great moments and great athletes with column reprints and contemporary musings. Read full book review >