Search Results: "Megan Frazer Blakemore"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SPY CATCHERS OF MAPLE HILL by Megan Frazer Blakemore
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Hazel's inquisitiveness, independence and imperfections are a winning combination. (author's note) (Historical mystery. 9-12)"
If Harriet M. Welsch lived in 1953 in a community vulnerable to McCarthyism, this might be her story. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"This one is special. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Weaving legacy and myth into science and magic, old into new and enemies into friends, Blakemore creates an exquisite mystery. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDSHIP RIDDLE by Megan Frazer Blakemore
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Not so much for puzzlers as for patient observers of social growth who enjoy varied intellectual and philosophical tidbits. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a small Maine town, struggling with how—or whether—to have friends, a girl follows a trail of cryptic paper clues. Read full book review >

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VERY IN PIECES by Megan Frazer Blakemore
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A predictable but solid coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 12-16)"
With her grandmother's health rapidly failing, high school senior Very (short for Veronica) feels responsible for holding together the rest of her family. Read full book review >

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GOOD AND GONE by Megan Frazer Blakemore
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A well-balanced delivery of heavy topics tempered with wry humor. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A road trip leads to self-acceptance and inner strength. Read full book review >

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THE FIREFLY CODE by Megan Frazer Blakemore
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Less stark than The Giver (1993), this welcome addition to the dystopic utopia genre is a young cousin of Ally Condie's Matched (2010) and Mary Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox (2008). (Science fiction. 9-12)"
A girl realizes her suburban, corporate-run utopia has dark underpinnings. Read full book review >

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THE DAYBREAK BOND by Megan Frazer Blakemore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Cold questions about technology and ethics wrapped in a warm story. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Five kids walk from their idyllic suburban community into the rough city, where they've never been, to save the life of one. Read full book review >

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SECRETS OF TRUTH & BEAUTY by Megan Frazer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 7, 2009

"The clean, mellow prose does better with setting and interpersonal relationships than on its attempted principles. (Fiction. YA)"
Pain and sweetness mingle in this enjoyable coming-of-age tale with a wonderful sense of place but muddled ideology. Read full book review >

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THE WIDOW’S TALE by Margaret Frazer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2005

"Cristiana's plight gets lost in the froth of courtly intrigue that ends in a revenge tragedy appropriate to a later period. Still, the interactions of Frevisse and her cousin make for compelling contrasts."
When a distraught young woman is left in the care of the nuns of St. Frideside's priory, Dame Frevisse (The Bastard's Tale, 2003, etc.) becomes embroiled in family intrigue too close to the royal court for comfort. Read full book review >

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THE CLERK’S TALE by Margaret Frazer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2002

"Frazer's pleasures are bleak and inward, leavened by such unexpected jests as a character named Rose Bower and an inquest Dogsberry would have loved: 'We judge he was killed shortly before the body was found.'"
The January spring of 1446 finds Dame Frevisse (The Squire's Tale, 2000, etc.) and her prioress off on an errand of mercy that disintegrates into a murder case muddier than the road to Goring. Read full book review >

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Happily Ticked Off by Andrea Frazer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An illuminating book that should give parents raising special needs children hope that they can handle a seemingly devastating situation."
A mother struggles to understand and cope with the fact that her son has Tourette's syndrome. Read full book review >

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ARGUMENTS WITH ENGLAND by Michael Blakemore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An actor's story that one needn't be a theater fan to savor and enjoy."
Blakemore, the director of stage hits Democracy, Arturo Ui and City of Angels, proves an able, literate raconteur in this eloquent, engaging memoir. Read full book review >