Search Results: "Michael P. Spradlin"


BOOK REVIEW

INTO THE KILLING SEAS by Michael P. Spradlin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2015

"Readers ready for a strong dose of survival and war action will find this well-researched episode entirely gripping. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
This survival tale highlights one of the worst sea disasters of World War II: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945. Read full book review >

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THE ENEMY ABOVE by Michael P. Spradlin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"The world has no need of a Holocaust tale that presents Nazism as relatively benign. (sources, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
An old-fashioned boys' adventure tale emerges from an almost unrecognizable retelling of a true Holocaust survival story. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Lightweight adventure, about as historically accurate as The Da Vinci Code, but a relatively harmless time-filler for series-obsessed fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A shipwreck while escaping with the Holy Grail strands Templar squire Tristan in southern France while cartoon villain Sir Hugh remains on his trail. Read full book review >

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PRISONER OF WAR by Michael P. Spradlin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2017

"A harrowing but not particularly substantive story of war and survival. (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
A teenage Marine endures the horrific brutalities of the Bataan Death March and a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines in this intense historical novel. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Jan. 24, 2006

"Lots of fun—and this time the title makes sense. (Fiction. 12-14)"
This second, much improved installment of the Spy Goddess series sends spunky Rachel, partially reformed Beverly Hills princess, to Hawaii in her continuing battle with Simon Blankenship, super-villain. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Skip it. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
An entertaining premise sinks under the leaden weight of amateurish writing. Read full book review >

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PANDORA GETS VAIN by Michael P. Spradlin
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"One might argue that they've already found it. (glossary) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
The chick-lit quest tale kicked off in Pandora Gets Jealous (1/08) loses humor and steam in this second episode. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2005

This first in a new series introduces 15-year-old Rachel Buchanan, Beverly Hills princess gone bad, who turns to fighting evil. Read full book review >

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DANIEL BOONE’S GREAT ESCAPE by Michael P. Spradlin
ADVENTURE
Released: July 22, 2008

"Ample evidence of why Boone remains the stuff of legends. (epilogue) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Spradlin turns from Texas Rangers (2008) to another frontiersman, Daniel Boone, in this little-known adventure based on a brief statement in his autobiography. Read full book review >

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TEXAS RANGERS by Michael P. Spradlin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2008

Paying handsome tribute to the doughty crew that brought the rule of law to some of the wildest parts of the Wild West, Spradlin profiles such prominent Rangers as William A.A. "Big Foot" Wallace and Captain Leander McNelly. Read full book review >

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BASEBALL FROM A TO Z by Michael P. Spradlin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2010

"This one's an easy out. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Pamintuan's caricature-style portraits of exaggeratedly sinuous, muscular players in action are a hoot, but this baseball abecedarium is sabotaged by a bush-league text. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

In this rousing, as-historically-accurate-as-possible recreation of the Pony Express's first ride, Spradlin introduces readers to the crazy-wild brainchild of three businessmen to expedite mail over the near-2,000 miles from St. Read full book review >