Search Results: "Matthew Cody"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PEDDLER'S ROAD by Matthew Cody
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A muddled and meandering series opener; perhaps things will coalesce in Book 2. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
While accompanying their father on his research trip to Hamelin, Germany, 13-year-old Max and her 10-year-old brother, Carter, find that the Pied Piper is not just a fairy tale, but a very real and present danger. Read full book review >

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POWERLESS by Matthew Cody
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"Cody wears his influences on his sleeve, but has some fun with them (one lad's 'power' is a super-stench) and crafts a tribute that, unlike M.T. Anderson's Whales On Stilts (2005), is more admiring than silly. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Resembling a Golden Age comic without the pictures, this tale pits a group of small-town children with superpowers—call them "preteen titans"—against a shadowy menace that robs them of those powers on their 13th birthdays. Read full book review >

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SUPER by Matthew Cody
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Stronger on action than internal logic, but the central cast's array of personal foibles and amusingly arbitrary superpowers, along with some eerie adversaries, carry the load. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The magically endowed kids introduced in Powerless (2009) have a second go at their power-sucking nemesis in this overstuffed, if high-voltage sequel. Read full book review >

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CODY AND THE RULES OF LIFE by Trisha Springstubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"These rules come with a powerful subtext that seems to say that theft is wrong, but manipulation may be acceptable. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Big brother Wyatt pays more attention to his new bike than to Cody, who helped assemble it, but when it's stolen, her jealousy turns to empathy—she's just lost something precious herself. Read full book review >

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CODY AND THE FOUNTAIN OF HAPPINESS by Trisha Springstubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Cody is sure to make friends with many readers, who will cross their fingers and hope for further adventures. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Well-meaning Cody is excited about the first day of her summer vacation. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A stunning play of art and verbal imagination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The backgrounds to the illustrations in Catalanotto's inspired alphabet book may remind readers of Mark Rothko's paintings, but the portraits of the characters in the foregrounds of the bifurcated color fields are uniformly droll. Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class has 25 students, all named Matthew, and most with jug ears and gap-toothed smiles. Read full book review >

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VIRTUAL CODY by Betsy Duffey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"That omission turns the computer journal into an enjoyable gimmick almost wholly unrelated to the rest of the book. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cody Michaels, hero of Hey, New Kid! (1996), is keeping a computer journal in his third-grade class, where Ms. Harvey has announced that each child will give an oral report on his or her name. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIAN'S KEY by Matthew Cody
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Depth and complexity are added to great effect in this second installment. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Following the events of The Peddler's Road (2015), 12-year-old Max is desperate to return to the Summer Isle where her brother, Carter, is trapped with the children the Pied Piper led away from the town of Hamelin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VISIONS OF CODY by Jack Kerouac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1972

"Kerouac's failure to encompass 'it' all within that sentence becomes a poignant corollary of that failure of life implicit within the grandiose chronicles of actions without purpose — except their own beauty — of necessity larger than life because life, marvelous as it was, never was quite all it was cracked up to be."
Another posthumous novel by the late subculture hero-author of On the Road, The Dharma Burns, etc., a combination novel-elegy about the beloved Neal Cassady, alias Cody Pomeray, a grand Coloradoan with whom Kerouac (alias lack Deluoscz) drank, smoked, traveled, and endlessly chatted during the late '40's and early '50's, before Cassady died, when Kerouac was first starting to write. Read full book review >