Search Results: "Michael D. Beil"


BOOK REVIEW

LANTERN SAM AND THE BLUE STREAK BANDITS by Michael D. Beil
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Laden with retro charm and sly humor, this won't suit every reader, but fans of fast-paced, far-fetched action will lap it up as enthusiastically as Sam swallows his favorite brand of sardines. (Mystery. 9-12)"
A talking cat with a penchant for problem-solving and self-reflection, a clever kidnapping-cum-jewel heist, a couple of kids and a friendly train conductor all collide in an atmospheric late-1930s adventure with old-time cinematic appeal. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2010

"As they dart from clue to clue, the red blazer gals feel and act like real tweens while tackling everything that comes their way with logic, humor and refreshing savoir faire. (appendix with solution for final logic problem) (Mystery. 8-12)"
No sooner have St. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2009

"Move over, Nancy Drew! (diagrams) (Mystery. 10-14)"
Clad in their red high-school blazers, three friends become amateur sleuths who decipher an intricate puzzle leading to the priceless Ring of Rocamadour. Read full book review >

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THE MISTAKEN MASTERPIECE by Michael D. Beil
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"While this caper proves less brain-teasing and exciting than its predecessors, the four (soon to be five?) Red Blazer gals still rock. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Fresh from solving The Vanishing Violin (2010) mystery, seventh-grade amateur sleuths and best friends Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca and Leigh Ann of St. Veronica's all-girl's school in Manhattan tackle two new cases. Read full book review >

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SUMMER AT FORSAKEN LAKE by Michael D. Beil
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"Ultimately focusing on what's right rather than the truth, the appealing story leaves one big mystery unsolved, promising a sequel and more summer magic. (Artwork not seen.) (glossary of sailing terms). (Mystery. 9-12)"
Summer is indeed a time for mystery and adventure. Read full book review >

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A NEW RECRUIT by Michael D. Beil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A suspenseful series opener with an admirably heroic protagonist. (Thriller. 9-13)"
Do you always do the right thing? Do you have what it takes to become an Agent of the Glass? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN GOOD KIDS KILL by Michael D. Kelleher
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Voyeurism takes the reins over insight into 'good kids' who murder; sadly, we are no better off than when we began in understanding the 'why.'"
Here's a report that could be a handbook for programmers of afternoon talk shows: "Teens Who Murder Their Parents," "Mothers Who Kill Their Newborns." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A rewarding account of two scientists who not only made great discoveries but enjoyed world recognition during their long, eventful lives."
Richly detailed biography of the man who discovered the planet Uranus and partnered with his sister to lay the foundations of modern astronomy. Read full book review >

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CONVICTING AVERY by Michael D. Cicchini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Will engage fans of the series and readers who wonder if prosecutors really do cut corners in their campaigns against serious criminals."
Rebuttal of the case against Steven Avery, from a defense attorney who sees larger patterns of malfeasance in Wisconsin justice. Read full book review >

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A NATIVE'S TONGUE by Michael D. Dennis
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A memorable tale with direct, sincere characters, though readers may want to brace themselves for a cheerless experience."
Dennis' debut is a dark drama about a Los Angeles man's apparent indecision between a rich older woman and a young girl, which leads to a tragic event and someone in prison. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Grim but informative. (full-color photos, not seen, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
This timely entry in the American Disasters series is a useful introduction to a mystery that has not and may not ever be solved. Read full book review >