Search Results: "Martine Oborne"


BOOK REVIEW

ONE BEAUTIFUL BABY by Martine Oborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Counting has never been such a delight. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Beginning with "one sweet smile" peeking out from a warm and cozy crib, a mother and child number all the things, from one to ten, that it takes to make up "one beautiful baby." Read full book review >

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KETURAH AND LORD DEATH by Martine Leavitt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Keturah's quest is lovely if (given its folktale style) not so original, but her unexpected solution to the puzzle leads to a thought-provoking and unabashedly sentimental conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
This lyrical tale adds surprises to the search for true love. Read full book review >

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HECK SUPERHERO by Martine Leavitt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"The lightness of her language yet carries a moving story of a spunky kid who learns he has to live in the real world. (Fiction. 12-14)"
This splendid comedy-drama about a 13-year-old boy who finds himself on the streets when his incapable mother abandons reality, will appeal to both reluctant and serious readers. Read full book review >

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MOLLY & PIM AND THE MILLIONS OF STARS by Martine Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Warm and wise for middle-grade readers who appreciate just a hint of the fantastic. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her mother is accidentally transformed by a powerful potion, Molly learns to accept the magic in her own life. Read full book review >

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A TASTE FOR NIGHTSHADE by Martine Bailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"For fans of conniving—and not particularly lovable—rogues and roguesses."
A novel set in northern England in the late 18th century, with plenty of local color, romance, intrigue, and deception. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VIRTUALLY HUMAN by Martine Rothblatt
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A thoughtful philosophical exploration of the role of virtual humans in our future."
Computers cannot mimic human consciousness, and human-level artificial intelligence may not be possible for centuries, according to many scientists—but not according to the author of this ingenious book, who commissioned a "mindclone" of her spouse, which contains memories and has the ability to talk and express emotions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Calvin's personality seems to have been destined: he was born on the day comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" ended, his grandfather gave the infant a Hobbes-like tiger toy that was his constant childhood companion, and his best (and only) friend was always Susie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers will be gobsmacked that this first effort at a longer work can be this good. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her father has died (of a heart attack, her mother says), her brother Barnaby has run away, and her mother loves her but is not home much, but Cedar B. Hartley, 12, is a feisty heroine with a "green thumb for people." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RISING FROM THE DUST by Martine Carlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A fantasy that, despite some uneven prose, offers some fresh characters and unique twists for the genre."
Carlsson weaves gritty realism and mystical lore into an epic fantasy about classic themes of love and war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE MOUNTAIN by Martine Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A timeless yet fresh story that beautifully connects readers to the natural world. (Fantasy. 8-14)"
A middle-grade story rich in natural setting and life lessons. Read full book review >