Search Results: "Matthew Lysiak"


BOOK REVIEW

BREAKTHROUGH by Jack Andraka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Though Andraka's test and other inventions remain years away from real-world use, his evident delight in science and his rocky adolescence furnish plenty of role-model material—and not just for STEM savants. (Memoir. 11-15)"
Meet the gay geeky high school genius who won top prize at the world's most prestigious science fair with a revolutionary test for early signs of pancreatic cancer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEWTOWN by Matthew Lysiak
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Lysiak hopes to 'inform the debate' generated by the tragedy; it's been a year, and this harrowing book might be a reminder that the debate needs reviving."
Meticulous account of the Newtown massacre and its aftermath. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERO DOG! by Hilde Lysiak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Although entertaining and fast-paced, there is nothing to elevate this effort above a crowded field. (Fiction. 6-8)"
The spunky, smart, but fictional Hilde who cracks a string of pastry thefts before the evening deadline is modeled after a real Hilde—the co-author—who runs her own newspaper. 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

WISH by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Wish fulfilled, if a tad inscrutably. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A much-wanted child arrives as fulfillment of his parents' dearest wish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LION’S SHARE by Matthew McElligott
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"The handsome watercolor-and-ink illustrations are as gently funny as the story, and the heavily partitioned design well suits the math lesson at hand. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Basic math is inescapable, even at dinner parties with the lion king. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEGO POP-UP by Matthew Reinhart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Inspiring fare for paper crafters and Lego-manes alike. (Pop-up informational picture book. 7-10)"
A soaring 3-D tribute to "the world's most beloved toy." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DINOSAUR DISASTER by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mad fun. (Graphic science fantasy. 7-9)"
An informative but hair-raising tour of a rather-too-realistic dinosaur exhibit gives six new students a memorable first day at Mad Scientist Academy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELLO! HELLO! by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"This wry object lesson blends clever design and a sincere, never-preachy delivery. Terrific! (Picture book. 3-7)"
Into a family's device-dominated existence, Cordell inserts this tribute to the realms of nature and the imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACKBEARD by Matthew McElligott
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Sandwiched between original and modified 'Pirate Rules' on the endpapers, as well as hilarious jacket art, this knee-slapper rivals even Colin McNaughton's Captain Abdul's Little Treasure (2006) for freewheeling freebooter frivolity. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Having transformed himself and his crew into fashionistas (of a sort) in Backbeard and the Birthday Suit (2006), the huge and hirsute Captain finds himself called before the Pirate Council for dress-code violations in this even better sequel. Read full book review >