Search Results: "Obert Skye"


BOOK REVIEW

WONKENSTEIN by Obert Skye
by Obert Skye, illustrated by Obert Skye
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Likely to be lost in the crowd, but comfy antics for readers who don't probably much like reading—which, one thinks, is exactly the point. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Skye adds another Wimpy Kid to the growing bandwagon. Read full book review >

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PINOCULA by Obert Skye
by Obert Skye, illustrated by Obert Skye
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Neither Rob's guilt pangs nor Pinocula's near reversion to wood add much force to the superficial anti-lying message, and the premise, third time through, has gone as stale as the jokes. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Occasional yuks and hints of an overarching plotline at the end aren't enough to keep this phoned-in entry in a Wimpy Kid-knockoff series above ground. Read full book review >

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POTTERWOOKIEE by Obert Skye
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Maybe the next episode will be less derivative. There's always hope. (Comic fantasy. 9-11)"
The second doll-sized literary mashup to come out of a wimpy kid's magic closet (see Wonkenstein, 2011) adds wizardly spells and, far more frequently, noxious smells to a standard catalog of preteen misadventures. Read full book review >

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LEVEN THUMPS AND THE EYES OF THE WANT by Obert Skye
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"The ingenious twists and distinctive prose that animated the opener have turned into self-indulgence. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Skye continues to squander the promise of Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo (2005) in this third of a projected four volumes. Read full book review >

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LEVEN THUMPS AND THE WHISPERED SECRET by Obert Skye
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Frequent full-page illustrations not seen. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a severe case of middle-volume-itis, plot lines proliferate, the pace slows and the tale is left in mid-flight in this follow-up to the better-than-it-looked Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo (2005). Read full book review >

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LEVEN THUMPS AND THE GATEWAY TO FOO by Obert Skye
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2005

"Good enough to survive a truly dreadful cover illustration, this recalls Michael Chabon's Summerland (2002) for its mix of humor and terror, its splendidly unpredictable plot twists, and its intriguing vision of a reality that is wider than most of us suspect. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A fizzy blend of high and low fantasy with a distinctly American sensibility, this series kickoff pits a seemingly ordinary Oklahoma teen against a deranged dream master bent on conquering both Earth and the unfortunately named realm of Foo—the metaphysical stage upon which our day and night dreams all play. Read full book review >

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LOST AND FOUND by Obert Skye
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Another suspenseful romp for kids who like dark humor. (Adventure. 9-14)"
The Snicket-ian dark comedy continues in Volume 2 of this series about a brother and sister trapped in the awful Witherwood Reform School. Read full book review >

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WITHERWOOD REFORM SCHOOL by Obert Skye
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"One can almost hear the Tim Curry narration. (Adventure. 9-12)"
A brother and sister find themselves trapped in a frightening school that threatens to destroy their minds in this dark comedy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE SKYE by Lael Littke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Thoughtful and solidly entertaining. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Still another book that hinges on a child's abandonment by a flighty mother. Read full book review >

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THE FORTUNES OF INDIGO SKYE by Deb Caletti
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 25, 2008

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SIGNED, SKYE HARPER by Carol Lynch Williams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 13, 2014

"A fine story of a mother-and-child reunion, packed with quirky characters and lessons about love. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A teen takes a road trip with her longtime crush, her grandmother, their dog and their one-legged rooster in a stolen RV to retrieve her mother, whom she hasn't seen in 11 years. Read full book review >

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LETTERS FROM SKYE by Jessica Brockmole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"By turns lyrical and flirtatious, Brockmole's debut charms with its wistful evocation of a time when handwritten, eagerly awaited letters could bespell besotted lovers."
In 1912, a chance letter from a young student to a reclusive poet sparks a trans-Atlantic romance spanning two wars. Read full book review >