Search Results: "Matthew J. Kirby"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ARCTIC CODE by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"A confused jumble of fantasy and science-fictional elements make a notably unsteady foundation for Kirby's newest series. (Science fantasy. 11-13)"
A sudden ice age has near-future humanity on the ropes, but neither glaciers nor a vast conspiracy to hide their cause stops a preteen from heading into the Arctic in search of her missing mother. Read full book review >

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SPELL ROBBERS by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Refreshingly different in some ways but ultimately unsatisfying. (Adventure. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Ben joins an after-school science club, he has no idea that the price of membership will be the loss of everyone he loves. Read full book review >

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THE LOST KINGDOM by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An old-fashioned adventure story to curl up with on a rainy afternoon. (author's note) (Steampunk. 8-12)"
The historical meets the fantastical when key members of the American Philosophical Society, circa 1753, employ an aeroship to search for the lost Kingdom of Madoc, of Welsh legend. Read full book review >

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A TASTE FOR MONSTERS by Matthew J. Kirby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A lovely, suspenseful, lyrical, imperfect paranormal mystery. (Historical paranormal. 13-15)"
A down-on-her-luck white girl with facial scars seeks safety (both physical and metaphysical) in a story framed by two unrelated true events that occurred in 1888: the Jack the Ripper murders and the decline of Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man. Read full book review >

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LAST DESCENDANTS by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Readers will be anxious for the second installment, soon to follow. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
The debut of an action-adventure series that ties in with the popular "Assassin's Creed" video games. Read full book review >

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ISLAND OF THE SUN by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"A baroque premise fuels a reasonably adventuresome middle volume. (Science fiction/fantasy hybrid. 11-13)"
With the all-powerful Global Energy Trust hot on the trail, this sequel to The Arctic Code (2015) finds Eleanor and her ragtag band of allies mounting assaults on more of the alien devices that are rapidly forcing Earth into an ice age by sucking up its "telluric energy."Read full book review >

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THE CLOCKWORK THREE by Matthew Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"An interesting concept, but it needed a little more time to come together. (Steampunk. 9-14)"
Three poor children leading separate lives find friendship and marvel in a late-19th-century alternative-American city. Read full book review >

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ICEFALL by Matthew Kirby
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Recommend this one to teens who crave a good mystery set in an icily different time and place. (Alternative historical mystery. 11-18)"
The king's three children and a small group of warrior-protectors take refuge in a winter-bound steading on a northern fjord and discover there's a traitor in their midst. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BE GENTLE WITH THE DOG, DEAR! by Matthew J. Baek
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Empathy well taught. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Based on the author's own family's experiences, this is sure to strike a chord with anyone who has both small children and a furry pet. Read full book review >

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PANDA & POLAR BEAR by Matthew J. Baek
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Done primarily in shades of blue for the polar bears and greens for the pandas, they are delicate, soft and expressive, bringing gentleness to the story and highlighting its message of acceptance and cooperation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a maybe-imaginary world where only a steep cliff separates a warm, grassy, bamboo-filled paradise inhabited by panda bears and a wintry wonderland populated by polar bears, one curious young polar bear falls off the cliff and into the mud. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 1996

Underneath the usual authorial complaints about royalties and editorial requests for finished manuscripts, Hemingway's dedication to his craft, and Perkins's to Hemingway, come through in this carefully abridged selection. Read full book review >

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Daddy Versus The Suck Monster by J. Matthew Nespoli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2013

"An engaging, if occasionally uneven, memoir of being a new parent."
A guy's guide to all that's gross, humorous and surprising about fatherhood, from the perspective of a first-time dad. Read full book review >