Search Results: "Matt Haig"


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THE POSSESSION OF MR. CAVE by Matt Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2009

"A bad book from a good writer who needs a new subject."
A history of grievous family losses transforms a mild-mannered antiques dealer into a judgmental "fascist" (his daughter's word) in British author Haig's latest novel. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL BLINK AND THE FORBIDDEN FOREST by Matt Haig
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Solid middle-grade adventure with fantasy elements, this would be good even for able young readers who can stomach the early unfortunate event. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
No one does what 12-year-old Samuel Blink tells them to. Read full book review >

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THE LABRADOR PACT by Matt Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2008

"By no means a failure, but Aesop and Orwell did it better."
A faithful family friend gives his all for "his" human family in this modern beast fable, another revisionist romp from the British author of The Dead Fathers Club (2007). Read full book review >

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REASONS TO STAY ALIVE by Matt Haig
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A vibrant, encouraging depiction of a sinister disorder."
A British novelist turns to autobiography to report the manifold symptoms and management of his debilitating disease, depression. Read full book review >

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THE HUMANS by Matt Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"A saccharine novel."
A fish-out-of water mashup where the water is Earth, and the fish is an extraterrestrial. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL BLINK AND THE RUNAWAY TROLL by Matt Haig
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Well-paced suspense, sympathetic (or satisfyingly wicked) characters and a lovingly described Norwegian setting make this an above-average fantasy, and readers will be hoping for more. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When their new school starts, Samuel and Martha Blink have trouble keeping secret everything they learned about the Shadow Forest near their aunt and uncle's home (Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest, 2007). Read full book review >

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THE DEAD FATHERS CLUB by Matt Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2007

"We now owe another debt to Shakespeare, and one to Haig, for re-imagining a tragic masterpiece with such wit, force and—yes—originality."
Literary influence is neatly reconfigured in the English author's second novel (after The Last Family in England, 2005), in which an 11-year-old schoolboy is commanded to seek revenge by the ghost of his murdered father. Read full book review >

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TO BE A CAT by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Simultaneously predictable and quirky, this will likely appeal to the author's fans but may not attract new readers. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This offbeat tale offers an uneasy mix of magical transformation, violence and bullying, and the dreary misery of family dysfunction. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With a little bit of naughty and a lot of nice, this Christmastime yarn is a veritable sugarplum. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Orphaned chimney sweep Amelia loses everything, including hope, leaving Christmas in dire jeopardy. Read full book review >

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A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like stockings hung by the fire, this spellbinding opus may well become a yuletide tradition. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Young Nikolas has a grand adventure while discovering his magical destiny as Father Christmas. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Investigative journalism at its relentless and compassionate best."
An award-winning journalist uncovers the suppressed story behind the death of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student whose 1998 murder rocked the nation. Read full book review >

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MY FRIEND MATT AND HENA THE WHORE by Adam Zameenzad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1993

"Much powerful writing, and the events described have all too many parallels, but cumulatively more homily than novel."
Also from Zameenzad (see above): a well-meaning, often mystical story of children trying to survive in war-torn Africa—a story with special resonances considering the situation in Somalia but one that makes more for inspiration than literature. Read full book review >