Search Results: "Nigel Ruby"


BOOK REVIEW

EPIC VOYAGES by Robyn Mundy
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"Just the ticket for armchair explorers. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Here is an instance of book design being as exciting as the subject matter, and this subject matter is pretty wild stuff: the legendary and legendarily hellacious voyages of Ferdinand Magellan, James Cook, Ernest Shackleton, Thor Heyerdahl and Francis Chichester. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW CIPHER by Laura Ruby
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"The past informs the present as the review informs readers: don't let this one go. (Mystery/fantasy. 10-15)"
Printz winner Ruby's middle-grade series opener gracefully tackles magic, history, and gentrification. Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE OF TREES by Ilie Ruby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2010

"Native American spirits haunt the novel, but unfortunately so do too many coincidences to allow the reader to suspend belief."
In Ruby's debut novel, set around Canandaigua, N.Y., a young man returns to his deceased parents' lakeside cabin after a seven-year absence and becomes involved in the search for a missing woman and the truth about his past. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2001

"A provocative history of Arctic adventure and colonization. (21 illustrations, 2 maps, not seen)"
An account of two Arctic explorers and the Meta Incognita (Unknown Shore) that they attempted to settle in England's first attempt at colonizing the New World. Read full book review >

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Released: April 10, 1995

"All in all, as cheerful, well written, and diverting a personal excavation of Jericho as one could expect to find. (12 b&w illustrations, 2 maps)"
A highly agreeable history of the ancient city of Jericho and its surrounding countryside, from the earliest recorded times to the present. Read full book review >

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VEGAN IS LOVE by Ruby Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Roth offers a strong statement in support of a philosophy that some adults may wish to share with the children in their lives. (suggestions for further action) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Sure to provoke controversy and discussion, this illustrated introduction to vegan living occasionally leans too heavily on assumptions but generally offers a clear view of the topic. Read full book review >

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THE CHAOS KING by Laura Ruby
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2007

"Grand amusement for the hip and clever. (Fiction. YA)"
Another zany adventure unfolds in a startlingly odd alternate universe showcasing Ruby's humorous narration and including characters from The Wall and the Wing (2006.) Read full book review >

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THE WALL AND THE WING by Laura Ruby
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Less than the sum of its imaginative parts, this misses the high mark set by her Lily's Ghosts (2003). (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Gurl, like all the orphans in Hope House for the Homeless and Hopeless, doesn't remember her given name, if she ever had one, so she has to content herself with the one headmistress Terwiliger has handed her that's a borderline insult. Read full book review >

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SHANGHAI SHADOWS by Lois Ruby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Though the romantic ending is ultimately unsatisfying, Ilse's story offers another culture's perspective on the effects of war. (Fiction. 12-14)"
When the Nazi's invade Austria in 1939, 12-year-old Ilse Shpann and her family flee to Japanese-occupied Shanghai with nothing more than her father's violin. Read full book review >

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REBEL SPIRITS by Lois Ruby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 2013

"A squeaky-clean romance for the youngest end of YA or readers who want nothing objectionable when it comes to love stories. (Ghost story. 12 & up)"
Fervor for the Civil War never dies; neither can one of its soldiers. Read full book review >

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GOOD GIRLS by Laura Ruby
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The romantic ending fails to convince, though kids should take heart in Audrey's courage and comfort in the notion that life goes on, even after a horrific humiliation. (Fiction. YA)"
The dark side of the digital age is revealed in this cautionary tale about a good girl who is photographed while "hooking up" with a popular senior. Read full book review >