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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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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SMALL ACTS OF AMAZING COURAGE by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: April 19, 2011

"National Book Award winner Whelan's characters are more types than people, and there is little of the flavor of the subcontinent in this overstuffed, occasionally pleasant tale of a plucky young woman in Raj-era India. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
With her father away fighting Turks and her mother so often "under the weather," still grieving over long-dead son Edward, 15-year-old Rosalind James has grown independent visiting the bazaar with her Indian friend, Isha, and causing comment among the other British officers' wives at the club. Read full book review >

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THE TURNING by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Tanya, 16 years old in 1991 and a principal dancer with Leningrad's Kirov Ballet, is both a witness to the events of a dramatic summer and a participant in Russia's fledgling steps toward democracy. Read full book review >

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ANGEL ON THE SQUARE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

A young Russian aristocrat comes of age during the Great War and the Russian Revolution. Read full book review >

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BURYING THE SUN by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"All in all, a vivid portrait of a country and a family under siege, and a testimony to human resilience. (Fiction. YA)"
In this somber companion to The Impossible Journey (2003) and Angel on the Square (2001), Whelan brings the horrific, 880-day Siege of Leningrad to life for young readers. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE VIETNAM by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"An effective plea for a group whose plight, as an afterword notes, continues to worsen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The experiences of a village family, reluctantly escaping their homeland in a perilous boat trip to Hong Kong. Read full book review >

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ALFRED STIEGLITZ by Richard Whelan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Apart from being a first-rate biography, Whelan's study provides a lively cultural history of Stieglitz's day. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A solid, straightforward biography of one of the pioneering forces of early 20th century American art and photography. Read full book review >

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FIELDS OF ELYSIUM by A.B. Whelan
Released: Oct. 31, 2012

"A YA tale for teens who like their sci-fi served up with a heavy dash of melodrama."
A lonely teen discovers a secret wormhole to a distant planet—and a distant boy who steals her heart—in this young-adult sci-fi romance. Read full book review >