Search Results: "Max Stasyuk"


BOOK REVIEW

ESCAPE FROM MERCY HALL by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The action never lets up, but readers are likely to come away from this trilogy opener more confused than intrigued. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Three orphans pass through a tall hedge and find themselves in a world of advanced (to them) technology and carnivorous sheep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEROES OF MERCY HALL by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"A trilogy already largely composed of off-the-shelf elements rushes to an end amid a welter of muddled plotting, meaningless technobabble and astronomical gaps in logic. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Collapsing in a tangled heap of dangling subplots and unlikely resolutions, this trilogy closer sends a group of superpowered Victorian-era orphans on one last venture to a magic land within a bubble of "light enriched zenna molecules" crafted by space aliens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX by Sara Cohen-Scali
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 7, 2017

"Horrific atrocities—and the ghastly realities of any war—seen through the eyes of a child with heartbreaking cognitive dissonance pack a wallop. (Historical fiction. 15-18)"
The education of a young Nazi, from fetus to 9-year-old. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECRETS OF MERCY HALL by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Like the first episode, thoroughly predictable and free from more than momentary suspense or danger—but quick of pace at least, and unchallenging of language. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Economic woes force the Victorian-era orphans of Mercy Hall into a second expedition to the technologically advanced land beyond their magical hedge (Escape from Mercy Hall, 2012). This time they return with not only more treasure, but jet packs too! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHIPWRECKED by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"This uninspired offering fails to compete well with other fantasies for young readers. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Exploring the wide world, pixies get into a bundle of troubles in this outing for readers already successfully into chapter books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX by Ken Wilson-Max
by Ken Wilson-Max, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Wilson-Max keeps the paper engineering simple; his cast is affable, but under-utilized by the format. (Board book. 2-5)"
A board book with pull-tabs and flaps neatly outlines a child's unconventional but loving family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX by Bob Graham
by Bob Graham, illustrated by Bob Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The rest of the text has a tender quality that can't be overlooked, and the artwork alone—cartoony watercolors of saturated color, broken into numerous panels—will keep young eyes wholly absorbed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
No one will accuse Graham (Benny, 1999, etc.) of excessive subtlety in this story of meeting life's challenges when you are good and ready. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX SPEED by Stephen Shaskan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Great gadzooks! This book is a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a black boy with a big imagination! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IMMORTAL MAX by Lutricia Clifton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Pleasant if imperfect, a treat for dog lovers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Will a boy's dream of owning a puppy ever come true? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR MAX by Sally Grindley
by Sally Grindley, illustrated by Tony Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"A tribute to the power of letter-writing and imagination. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Nine-year-old Max strikes up a friendship with his favorite author, D.J. Lucas in this epistolary novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX QUIGLEY by James Roy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 2009

"Roy gives the subsequent rapprochement and genuine growth in Max's humanity a light touch and some realistic stumbling blocks, in a not unsympathetic look at bullying from the other side. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Sixth grader Max's casual torment of those around him (schoolmates, cafeteria ladies, anyone weaker) amuses him in a confident, self-centered way and is rarely challenged. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"For readers interested in modern American political history, Lakoff's life of the writer will be of much use."
A respectful biography of the immigrant journalist and sometime intellectual gadfly. Read full book review >