Search Results: "Nancy Butcher"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KINDLING by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"Still, the story is going to have to speed up—and lighten up—to keep readers engaged through two more installments. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Offering a cheerless, if thought-provoking, vision of a post-apocalyptic near-future, Armstrong and Butcher open this projected trilogy by sending a large cast of disturbed or outright deranged young people on a quixotic quest. Read full book review >

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THE KEEPERS OF THE FLAME by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A mild excess of gratuitous violence, given the reading level, and too convoluted, but a page-turner nonetheless. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
In this post-apocalyptic sequel to The Kindling (p. 329), ten children—allegorically named, and allegorically flat—hit a roadblock in their search for President. Read full book review >

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THE KILN by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Suspense and resolution, but not much more. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An exciting if thin conclusion to the Fire-us trilogy. Read full book review >

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COLD DAYS by Jim Butcher
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"None of that, however, will stop readers from grabbing ringside seats the next time Harry Dresden goes forth to stop the apocalypse."
After several months being mostly dead (Ghost Story, 2011, etc.), Chicago wizard Harry Dresden's back in his body…and of course, back in trouble in the 14th Dresden Files novel. Read full book review >

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VISITING HOURS by Amy Butcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A gripping and poignant memoir."
A writer and professor's account of the trauma she suffered in the wake of a murder committed by a close friend. Read full book review >

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BLOOD RIVER by Tim Butcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A brilliant account of a broken land, one that certainly deserves the attention this excellent book brings."
A somber, eye-opening journey into the definitive heart of darkness. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO BONE TREE HILL by Kristin Butcher
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"The plot could benefit from more padding to make character motivations more believable, but though there's not much rich character development, it is an enjoyable and neatly tied-up mystery. (Mystery. 12-14)"
After years abroad, 18-year-old Jessica's returned to Vancouver Island, where she's now plagued by nightmares about the week she left. Read full book review >

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SPY HIGH by A.J. Butcher
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"First in a series. (Fiction. 12+)"
In this over-the-top secret-agent caper with a comic-book feel, six kids, each with a special talent and a psychological issue, are recruited to join a select training academy for secret agents. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2014

"A haunting and illuminating book marking the centennial of the assassination."
The engrossing story of Gavrilo Princip (1894-1918), the 19-year-old Bosnian Serb nationalist whose assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, on June 28, 1914, sparked World War I. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This engaging tale will leave many reaching for their Graham Greene."
An award-winning British journalist retraces the young novelist Graham Greene's 1935 walk through Sierra Leone and Liberia. Read full book review >

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CHEAT by Kristin Butcher
CLASSICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A speedy read, though light in construction. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
Laurel is a fledgling reporter who has inadvertently hit front-page gold with a hot scoop. Read full book review >