Search Results: "Matt Lake"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Riveting fodder for casual browsers and budding scientists alike. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
From "Zany Zoology" to "Medical Marvels & Mishaps," the creators of Weird U.S. (2011) scout out wonders—mostly of the astonishing or gross-out sort—from scientific fields. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A browser's delight, packaged to fit small coffee tables. (Infotainment. 10-13)"
A tantalizing sampler of American roadside attractions, ghosts and spooky local legends for audiences not yet familiar with the TV show of the same name and its attendant series of state-by-state print guides. 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 >

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MIA, MATT AND THE LAZY GATOR by Annie Langois
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Though the design and layout suggest a young target audience, the advanced vocabulary (writhe, posterity and discreetly all appear on a single page) as well as the romantic focus—sweethearts, smooches and spooning all making an appearance—will make this one a hard sell to the early elementary crowd. (Fiction. 6-9)"
This early chapter book is a somewhat awkward translation from the French original. Read full book review >

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WILDE LAKE by Laura Lippman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Although she overamps some reveals and shortchanges others, Lippman as always treads the fine line between certainty and amazement."
Lippman (Hush Hush, 2015, etc.) takes familiar themes to a new locale as she traces a family's journey from raucous Baltimore to the meticulously planned community of Columbia, Maryland. Read full book review >

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ENCHANTMENT LAKE by Margi Preus
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"Francie may not be a real detective, but she is so confident that there's never really any doubt of her eventual success, making her good company but perhaps not riveting reading for hard-core mystery fans. (Mystery. 11-16)"
Preus, author of the Newbery Honor-winning Heart of a Samurai (2010), is known for her engrossing historical fiction. Now she changes pace and offers a mystery set in the present.Read full book review >

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PYRAMID LAKE by Paul Draker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2013

"A familiar sci-fi tale but one that Draker paints in his own profound and original colors."
A sci-fi thriller in which a scientist struggles to protect his supercomputer while people at a Nevada facility are being killed. Read full book review >

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CEMETERY LAKE by Paul Cleave
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 2013

"Contemporary crime noir at its best, mined from the dark pit of the human psyche."
Thriller author Cleave (The Laughter House, 2012, etc.) opens the door on the haunted history of his disgraced detective Theo Tate. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"A well-executed journey into the macabre that should give anyone pause before walking through a desolate area at night."
In McCandless' debut horror novel, a ragtag crew sets out after a killer leaving a gruesome trail through the East Texas wilderness. Read full book review >

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ICE LAKE by John Farrow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 2001

"As in his thriller debut, the pseudonymous Farrow (a 'Canadian writer of literary fiction') proves he can make interesting scenes. It's the meandering in between that gets him in trouble."
Montreal supercop Émile Cinq-Mars (City of Ice , 1999) returns, scores, and once again hangs about too long. Read full book review >