Search Results: "Nancy Farmer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LORD OF OPIUM by Nancy Farmer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"A vividly imagined tale of a future world full of fascinating characters and moral themes—a tremendous backdrop for one young man's search for identity. (cast of characters, map, chronology, appendix) (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In the much-anticipated sequel to The House of the Scorpion (2002), 14-year-old Matteo Alacrán returns home as the new Lord of Opium. Read full book review >

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THE SEA OF TROLLS by Nancy Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Allusions to Beowulf, the destruction of the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne, and the Norse legend of Jack and Jill offer a rich backdrop for a hugely entertaining story sure to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings. (appendix, sources) (Fiction. 10-13)"
He left as an apprentice and returned a full-fledged bard, complete with a fire-wizard's staff in hand and a crow perched on his shoulder. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Children will relish this little-known piece of railroad lore, with its echoes of an epic battle being waged, and won. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What really happened on Casey Jones' legendary last run? Read full book review >

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THE EAR, THE EYE AND THE ARM by Nancy Farmer
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

An author who lived for years in Africa follows a comic, well-received first novel set in present-day Mozambique (Do You Know Me, 1993) with this marvelous odyssey across Zimbabwe 200 years in the future. Read full book review >

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THE ISLANDS OF THE BLESSED by Nancy Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2009

"Readers may well suspect—and hope—that a new series of Jack's tales may be in the offing. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Jack, Thorgil and the Bard are off on a new quest in this immensely satisfying conclusion of the trilogy that began with The Sea of Trolls (2004) and continued in The Land of the Silver Apples (2007). Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION by Nancy Farmer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A must-read for SF fans. (Fiction. 11+)"
Matt Alacrán has spent his youth secreted away in a secluded hut, his only knowledge of the world provided by his caregiver Celia and his view out the window on the white ocean of poppies growing all around. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GIRL NAMED DISASTER by Nancy Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"As rewarding, and as challenging, as The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm (1994). (glossary, appendix, bibliography) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Farmer (Runnery Granary, p. 300, etc.) plunges readers deep into South African social and spiritual worlds in this tale of a Shona girl fleeing an arranged marriage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WARM PLACE by Nancy Farmer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Fear not, for the Good Guys are strongly individual, the Bad Guys deliciously horrid, and the whole adventure wild and risky. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A young giraffe escapes from the zoo and sets out for her African homeland in this antic animal fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE LAND OF THE SILVER APPLES by Nancy Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Jack, Pega and Thorgil prove strong and capable in ways they themselves never suspected, and readers will look forward to the final installment. (appendix, sources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this sequel to The Sea of Trolls (2004), Jack discovers his sister Lucy is a changeling, and he is off on a quest to find his real sister and bring her home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO YOU KNOW ME by Nancy Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Pronouncing glossary. (Fiction. 8-12)"
``Do You Know Me,'' Tapiwa silently projects, glaring at her snobbish classmates as she stalks out of the exclusive school where she's ostracized—though she's at the top of her class- -because her father is a lowly bank teller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUNNERY GRANARY by Nancy Farmer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1996

"A lark. (Picture book. 5+)"
A charming fantasy from the author of the Newbery Honorwinning novel, The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm (1995). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLEVER ALI by Nancy Farmer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Though the text is lengthy for this format, it is replete with silly sound effects for a fun one-on-one read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ali has turned seven years old, and has taken the first step on the road to manhood: He's learning to be a royal pigeon-keeper like his father. Read full book review >