Search Results: "Michael Spooner"


BOOK REVIEW

DANIEL’S WALK by Michael Spooner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"He emerges a stronger young man from all he has lived through, but the journey is fraught with the perils of deep thinking and the temptations of literary symbolism. (Historical fiction. 12+)"
In 1844, a Voice in the night whispers to Daniel LeBlanc that his father needs help so he leaves his home in Caldwell, Missouri, and joins a wagon train heading for the Oregon Trail. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 2, 2009

"But the format—like Lauren Myracle's Internet Girls trilogy, the story is told entirely via instant messages, chat-room conversations and blog entries—might entice reluctant readers. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Mozart in cyberspace. Read full book review >

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LAST CHILD by Michael Spooner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A fine historical novel bringing an important chapter in American history to life for young readers. (timeline, notes on American history, bibliography, glossary, personal note) (Fiction. 11+)"
In the midst of wars and rumors of wars, pestilence and fire, young Rosalie must grow up quickly. Read full book review >

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A MOON IN YOUR LUNCH BOX by Michael Spooner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Spooner's first book for young people is an appealing seasonal cycle, thematically linked by the moon—symbol of change and mystery and a rich source of other imagery. Read full book review >

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OLD MESHIKEE AND THE LITTLE CRABS by Michael Spooner
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Just as original and fresh are the slightly abstract watercolor and block-print illustrations by newcomer Hart; they'll work better with older children than preschoolers, but there are few who won't enjoy looking at and listening to this retelling of an old Ojibwe story. (Picture book/folklore. 4+)"
Big Old Meshikee the turtle loves to sit outside, sing, and bang on his drum. Read full book review >

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LARK ASCENDING by Meagan Spooner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"That said, this is a mighty strong finish to the trilogy, and there is plenty to keep readers turning the pages. (Dystopian adventure. 14 & up)"
Fans of the Skylark trilogy will welcome the third and final installment of the series. Read full book review >

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SKYLARK by Meagan Spooner
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"At the end, though, it doesn't stand out from the throng of like dystopias. Only for those who will read nothing else. (Dystopian adventure. 14 & up)"
Another debut, another dystopia. Read full book review >

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SHADOWLARK by Meagan Spooner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"This is a book for fans only. New readers need not apply. (Dystopian adventure. 14 & up)"
It's par for the course in Book 2 of the Skylark trilogy. Read full book review >

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HUNTED by Meagan Spooner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2017

"An elegant, classic, and vivid fairy tale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A rich, Russian-influenced retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." Read full book review >

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THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"The cringe-worthy romantic setup chafes, but on the plus side, this soft science fiction offers intense, nongratuitous bloodshed, corporate conspiracy and intriguing explorations of culpability. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
It's not exactly a meet-cute. Read full book review >

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THE FOURSOME by John D. Spooner
Released: March 1, 1993

"Strictly miniseries stuff."
From writer/stockbroker Spooner (Sex and Money, Confessions of a Stockbroker, etc.), a 40-year saga of four suburban Boston men whose mutual interest in golf keeps them in touch: a programmatic trot, only occasionally amusing, through the lives of some high- rollers that's more a series of dramatized notecards than fully rendered fiction. Read full book review >

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BASIC TRAINING 1955, WOMEN IN THE AIR FORCE by Ruth N. Spooner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2016

"A sweet, nostalgic remembrance of a woman's military adventure."
A debut memoir recounts nine weeks spent in basic training in the Air Force, told through correspondence. Read full book review >