Search Results: "Matthew James McDonald"


BOOK REVIEW

AMONG THE ASHES by Matthew James McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"A compelling story about a man following his heart and his conscience, however much it costs him."
In a debut novel that will appeal to fans of romance and history alike, McDonald elegantly captures the burden of being innocent, naïve and principled in a time of war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIGHTY CASEY by James Preller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

As a writer of verse, Preller, author of Six Innings (2008), makes an excellent prose novelist. Read full book review >

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SP4RX by Wren McDonald
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A pulls-no-punches techno-thriller; think Mr. Robot meets The Stepford Wives. (Graphic science fiction. 15 & up)"
In a gritty future, hackers must fight an evil corporation trying to turn humans into mechanically altered zombies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEATHER by Jill McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"While McDonald's art is delightful and the Hello, World! series appears to be promising, she should stick to topics that are close to home. (Board book. 2-4)"
Two youngsters learn about weather and the clothing it requires in this simple introduction that launches the Hello, World! series. Read full book review >

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OH MY GODDESS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Freya by Matthew Laurence

Cover Story: Photo Op
BFF Charm: Natalie Imbruglia
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Modern Theology
Bonus Factor: Gods and Goddesses (+ Diversity)
Factor: Open-Ended
Relationship Status: Agnostic

Cover Story: Photo Op

Although the wings on this cover are more colorful than the DeLand Wings, everything about the image reminds me of the photos I’ve ...


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BOOK REVIEW

OVER IN THE MEADOW by Jill McDonald
adapted and illustrated by Jill McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Visually stunning if not always totally successful. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The animals, counting theme and catchy tune make this song a perennial favorite with readers and creators alike, but the illustrations are what make any version stand out from the crowd—and this one does. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Plenty of unsubtle shivers. (Short Stories/Fiction. 10-13)"
A snowed-in, freezing family almost makes the mistake of climbing into the Black Van that stops for them...a locket with an old photograph becomes a slow, deadly trap...a substitute teacher returns to his hometown after many years to take revenge on the children of his tormentors...a seemingly ramshackle house proves to be a gateway to past and future. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An excellent debut. (Fiction. 11-15)"
From the author of a number of beautifully written picture books (The Potato Man, 1991), a first novel about a seventh- grader trying to deal with her father's depression. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAD GAMES by Craig McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The grisly carnage in McDonald's Spillane-like fictional debut has its roots in a real historical question: Did the Bush family really help hide Pancho Villa's head in the inner sanctum of Skull and Bones? Despite the intriguing premise, not for the faint-hearted."
A turbulent tale of murder, conspiracy and political intrigue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLYNN’S WORLD by Gregory Mcdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 24, 2003

"Flynn's painfully arch return intersperses shreds of detection with gleams of Mcdonald's trademark badinage (Skylar in Yankeeland, 1997, etc.) and uncomfortable polemic."
Since a dead spy and a live cop are basically indistinguishable, Francis Xavier Flynn (Flynn's In, 1984, etc.) is back on the Boston police force after a year in hiding at Loch Nafooie, Ireland, where his boss, John Roy Priddy (a.k.a. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OFF-COLOR by Janet McDonald
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Somewhat sloppy—especially in the ever-shifting narrative perspective—but lively. (Fiction. YA)"
Issue-driven but spirited, this posthumously published work tackles the meaning of race. Read full book review >