Search Results: "Norman Messenger"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LAND OF NEVERBELIEVE by Norman Messenger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"For young would-be tourists as well as students of nature's more fanciful imaginary reaches, the next best thing to an actual visit. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Free-floating imagination meets artistic expertise in this visual record of the exotic flora, fauna and (more or less) human residents encountered on an unexpected visit to an elusive island. Read full book review >

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IMAGINE by Norman Messenger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

Here Messenger elaborates on the split-page, mix-and-match format of his Making Faces (1993) and Famous Faces (1995) with additional special effects, including fold-over flaps, a paper wheel and extravagantly detailed landscapes with hidden figures or impossible perspectives. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A TIME by Alan Garner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Compact and intriguingly mysterious; handsomely illustrated with precisely detailed images, deployed effectively against dramatic white. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One of Britain's finest novelists for young people (The Owl Service, 1967), who's long been interested in folklore (A Bag of Moonshine, 1986), creates three nursery tales distinguished by a folkloric lilt and his own fresh imagery. Read full book review >

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KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Wholesome shading to bland, but well-stocked with exotic creatures and locales, plus an agreeable cast headed by a child who, while overly fond of screaming, rises to every challenge. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A San Diego preteen learns that she's an elf, with a place in magic school if she moves to the elves' hidden realm. Read full book review >

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LET THE SKY FALL by Shannon Messenger
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 5, 2013

"Characterization elevates this romance over similar offerings in a crowded genre. (Paranormal romance. 12-17)"
A teenage boy discovers his magical heritage and falls in love with his protector. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An inspiring tale of how one woman's beliefs enabled her to escape severe dysfunction."
This tale chronicles a challenging chapter in Messenger's life, when she found herself trapped in and then emerging from a toxic relationship. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 11, 2011

"Helpful, gentle, practical illumination for the spiritual seeker."
Angels are made manifest in this spiritual guide. Read full book review >

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LET THE STORM BREAK by Shannon Messenger
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 4, 2014

"Witty, romantic and filled with personality—after the slow start. (Paranormal romance. 12-17)"
With Audra off dealing with fallout from revelations in Let the Sky Fall (2013), Vane is stuck by himself figuring out how to be a sylph king on the verge of war. Read full book review >

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EXILE by Shannon Messenger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"However tried and true, the Harry Potter-esque elements and set pieces don't keep this cumbersome coming-of-age tale afloat, much less under way. (Fantasy 10-12)"
Full-blown middle-volume-itis leaves this continuation of the tale of a teenage elf who has been genetically modified for so-far undisclosed purposes dead in the water. Read full book review >