Search Results: "Matthew Skelton"


BOOK REVIEW

ENDYMION SPRING by Matthew Skelton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Wonderfully engaging, even addictive. (Fiction. 11-16)"
This thriller takes precocious children whose lives are disrupted by their parents' separation, surrounds them with untrustworthy, professionally jealous and personally greedy academics and drops them into a mystery involving an ancient book. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF CIRRUS FLUX by Matthew Skelton
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"The author deftly builds his story from past to present, providing unexpected twists right up to the chaotic yet satisfying conclusion. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
Set against the backdrop of 18th-century London and the Age of Enlightenment, Skelton's suspenseful fantasy adventure is filled with themes of greed, abuse, trust and betrayal played out within a cast of nefarious villains and daring heroes. Read full book review >

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FAMILY STORY by Alison Scott Skelton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Nicely plotted, resolved, and described: an agreeable summer read, though the tragedy never seems more than a neat hook for a warm, contemporary family story."
Skelton's second novel (after Different Families, 1980) briskly charts those unsuspected undercurrents that nearly sink a close-knit family still reeling from a decade-old tragedy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"But Davies's many fans will find themselves well sated by the portraiture, the detail, and the richness shared here. (32 pages b&w photos)"
An amiable, discursive ramble through the several lives of Canada's octogenarian novelist. ``Sometimes I quake and grow pale, for it looks as if the Twilight Years, when I ought to be growing roses and sucking my dentures in peace, are going to be passed in back-breaking toil,'' once quipped the then 64-year-old author. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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ABSOLUTELY NOT by Matthew McElligott
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Deft visual pacing brings sudden drama when one of Frieda's worries turns out to be well-founded, but never fear: this whimsical tale may ponder the relative value of fear itself, but McElligott brings everyone home safe. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Watercolor, pencil, and digital techniques illustrate this gentle story about the nature of fear during two insects' late-summer stroll. Read full book review >