Search Results: "Michael Whelan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GUNSLINGER (THE DARK TOWER, BOOK 1) by Stephen King
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 28, 1988

"Heavy, real heavy—as sales undoubtedly will be too."
Begun by King while at college in 1970; serialized episodically in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1978-1981; printed in limited-editon hardcover, 1982: this King novelty at last achieves mass publication. Read full book review >

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THE LOCKED GARDEN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"While some plot details are convenient, this exceptional story never lets the focus override the characterization. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
From page one, National Book Award winner Whelan establishes a strong sense of time, unusual setting and characters—an asylum for the mentally ill in 20th-century Michigan. Read full book review >

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PARADE OF SHADOWS by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Though a map would be useful for a work so rooted in time and place, and the epilogue seems unfinished, Whelan has crafted yet another fine work of historical fiction with a likable and strong-willed heroine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1907, and 16-year-old Julia Hamilton has left behind her sheltered British schoolgirl life to travel with her father to the Levant, "the lands around the distant Mediterranean with exotic names like Syria and Jerusalem." Read full book review >

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SEE WHAT I SEE by Gloria Whelan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"Kate's journey from selfishness to selflessness and back to the healthy middle path is quietly touching, if not as powerfully moving as it could be. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Kate Tapert is caught between two consuming passions: a drive to capture on canvas the austere beauty of her rural Upper Peninsula hometown of Larch, Mich., and a devotion to her mother. Read full book review >

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A SHOULDER TO DIE ON by Hilary Whelan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 12, 1995

"But first- novelist Whelan presents it all with dry, sly charm."
Never let yourself get roped into dinner with a pushy British matron traveling through a quaint French village like Jurac; apart from being irritated by her importunate confidences over your cognac, you're likely to be seriously incommoded the next morning, when the police fasten on you as the leading suspect in her murder. Read full book review >

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HOMELESS BIRD by Gloria Whelan
Released: March 31, 2000

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ALL MY NOBLE DREAMS AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"An entertaining, if fanciful look at colonial India in transition. (author's note, text of Gandhi's letter of 1920, glossary) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In this sequel to Small Acts of Amazing Courage (2011), heroine Rosalind dances with the Prince of Wales during his 1921 visit to India and does her bit for Gandhi's independence movement. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Like its predecessor, this offering takes 21st-century American readers back to a time and place largely ignored in children's literature; it is a pity that this time and place are not made more immediate and vivid. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The year is 1934, and Stalin has begun his own reign of terror, rounding up political dissidents under the slightest pretext. Read full book review >

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CHU JU’S HOUSE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Well-done and convincing. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-13)"
Fourteen-year-old Chu Ju makes the wrenching decision to leave her peasant farm home and baby sister in post-Cultural Revolution China in order to give her parents one last chance at a pregnancy and a yearned-for son. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE TRAIN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

Reductive morality and characterizations muffle the meaningful core of this post-World War II identity crisis. Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPEARED by Gloria Whelan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2008

"This will be a new subject for most young readers, and it will be eye opening. (epilogue, bibliography) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
When she was little, Silvia loved visiting the zoo, where "danger was safely caged," and the theater, where the misery and murder on stage disappeared when the curtain came down. Read full book review >

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THE WANIGAN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2002

"Still, readers will enjoy meeting this spirited 11-year-old, and may even be tempted to seek out Cornelia Meigs's Newbery Honor winning Swift River (1932, 1994) for a similarly rousing voyage. (author's note, illustrations not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)"
"I will be forced to live in low circumstances," moans bookish Annabel Lee as she and her mother prepare to follow her father and other lumberjacks down Michigan's Au Sable River aboard a "wanigan," or floating kitchen/supply raft, with a winter's crop of logs. Read full book review >