Search Results: "Molly Knox Ostertag"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH BOY by Molly Knox Ostertag
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With charming artwork, interesting supporting characters, natural-feeling diversity, and peeks of a richly developed world, this book leaves readers wishing for more. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Aster is of age to find the animal that will deem him worthy to take its shape as a shape-shifter. There's just one problem. Aster doesn't want to shape-shift—he wants to do witchery, which is forbidden for boys. Read full book review >

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SHATTERED WARRIOR by Sharon Shinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The book may be a little too detailed. There are a lot of characters and history to keep track of, but Shinn's fans won't mind reading the story over and over again until they've learned every facet."
An alien invasion tends to put things in perspective in Shinn's (Gateway, 2009, etc.) graphic-novel debut.Read full book review >

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MOLLY KNOX OSTERTAG
by Megan Labrise

Molly Knox Ostertag’s The Witch Boy is one heady brew of a debut—mixing fantasy, reality, family, and identity in a magical middle-grade graphic novel.

This colorful adventure story stars Aster, a sweet and gentle 11-year-old boy with brown skin, red hair, and expressive eyes, whose aptitude for witchery is incompatible with family tradition.

As his white mother, Holly, explains ...


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WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA
by Julie Danielson

We live in a booming time for graphic novels in children’s and YA literature. It’s hard to keep up with new titles sometimes, even when you write about children’s books for a living as I do. But I’ve got three today that stand out on shelves for the big topics they tackle—none other than the Syrian refugee crisis, gender conformity ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MARKS OF CAIN by Tom Knox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 2010

"Weak and unpersuasive."
An unattached London lawyer and company follow a strange map to a dark secret. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUMMERLAND by Malcolm Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"A debut made up much less of observed and felt life than of absorbed fiction. Let's see what Knox does when he writes his own book."
The world of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is re-created with a puzzling mixture of stylistic grace and slavish imitation, in a confident first novel by a young Australian writer. Read full book review >

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THE LOST GODDESS by Tom Knox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"Knox does shed some light on actual 'hybridization' experiments ordered by Stalin, among other leaders. In the end, the Khmer massacres are too enormous in their inhumanity to function as the backdrop for a thriller.
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After learning of the horrific crossbreeding experiments conducted by the Khmer Rouge during the '70s—and the international conspiracy of silence that surrounds those experiments still—a female archaeologist and male photographer have their lives threatened and their sanity questioned. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 2, 2007

"A slyly ambiguous epilogue rescues the tale from sentimentality, making it an essential purchase for libraries owning the first volume. (Fantasy. YA)"
Dreams captured for healing and entertainment fuel a profitable industry in this dense, literate fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KOCKROACH by Tyler Knox
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Surreal, standout debut fiction."
A frantic, fierce take on Kafka's Metamorphosis. Read full book review >

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BILLIE’S KISS by Elizabeth Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Knox's wild and wooly fictions (Black Oxen, 2001, etc.) aren't for everybody, but if minimalism doesn't satisfy your appetite for narrative, she may just be the writer for you."
New Zealander Knox, an energetic magical-realist with a vibrant comic imagination, scores strongly again with this densely plotted tale of a waiflike shipwreck survivor's bizarre life and loves. Read full book review >

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DAYLIGHT by Elizabeth Knox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Compared with this, Knox's earlier fictional premises (a mortal's love affair with an angel, for example) seem like kitchen-sink realism. What's next? Waltzing Matilda as a punk priestess of Ishtar?"
If Anne Rice, Patrick White, and David Lynch had gotten together (unlikely, but think of the possibilities), they might have had a few drinks and concocted something like this crazily overstuffed fourth novel from the New Zealand author (Billie's Kiss, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GENESIS SECRET by Tom Knox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 30, 2009

"A well-wrought premise, undone by a series of lazy choices."
A newspaper reporter covering an archaeological dig must help catch a gang committing a string of grisly murders in Knox's debut thriller. Read full book review >