Search Results: "Matthew Kirby"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I, MATTHEW HENSON by Carole Boston Weatherford
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Lovely and inspiring. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
A poetic first-person narrative puts readers in Matthew Henson's head as he endures institutionalized discrimination to pursue greatness in adventure, moving from cabin boy to able seaman, stock boy to explorer, eventually one of "[s]ix men—one black, one white, four Eskimos—" to reach the North Pole in 1909. Read full book review >