Search Results: "Owen Egerton"


BOOK REVIEW

OWEN by Kevin Henkes
by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A delectably amusing look at a true first love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Owen loves his blanket "with all his heart.'' "Fuzzy'' goes where he goes and likes what he likes—"grape juice, chocolate milk...'' Leaning over the back fence, nosy Mrs. Tweezers "fills his parents in'' on various cures for Owen's affection—the "Blanket Fairy'' (Fuzzy survives safely inside Owen's pajama pants); the "vinegar trick'' (Owen finds a new favorite corner to cuddle). Read full book review >

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HOLLOW by Owen Egerton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A portrait of heartbreak and loss of faith so wretched it may leave readers with raw nerves."
A religious studies professor wracked by profound grief seeks answers at the center of the world. Read full book review >

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EVERYONE SAYS THAT AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Owen Egerton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2013

"A brainy, often riotous, ultimately moving Cat's Cradle for our time peopled with reluctant seekers of spiritual nourishment who might have stepped from the pages of Flannery O'Connor."
The world ends in Austin, Texas, and a multitude of less cool venues, in Egerton's seriocomic, eschatological whimsy. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BEST AVOID DYING by Owen Egerton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The stories that begin with the most surreal premises—the melding of man and squirrel in 'The Beginning of All Things,' the hero's irrational fears in 'The Adventures of Stimp'—are more piquant than gripping, but the sudden descents from domesticity into madness in 'Christmas' and 'Tonight at Noon' manage to be at once creepy and disturbingly funny."
Spoiler alert: Although plenty of characters survive these 21 stories, there's no obvious prescription that fulfills the promise of the collection's title. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2010

"A lively and beautifully crafted novel about the anguish of belief."
An astute novel that asks us to take seriously the possibility that Harold Peeks, a relatively mild-mannered computer salesman, is in fact the Son of God, as he announces. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Their story is recapitulated in this volume, so even if they don't own the first, eager young readers can catch right up and be mesmerized, mystified and charmed. (natural history, maps, notes) (Picture book. 5-10)"
In 2005, this father-daughter team, with the ecologist and the photographer, chronicled the irresistible story of the baby hippopotamus, orphaned by the December 2004 tsunami, which imprinted on the more-than-a-century-old Aldabra tortoise in a nature preserve in Kenya. Read full book review >

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VIRGIL & OWEN by Paulette Bogan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A story so simple it appears to only skim the surface, but it just might be what territorial toddlers need to hear. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bow tie-resplendent penguin finds a fluffy polar bear and declares he is going to keep him. Read full book review >

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OWEN AND THE MOUNTAIN by Malachy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Greenfield's misty hills may inspire long thoughts, but Doyle is a better storyteller than this effort shows. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Atmospheric illustrations compensate, at least in part, for pedestrian prose in this metaphor-rich import. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF OWEN by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2014

"It may '[take] a village to train a dragon slayer,' but it takes an exceptional dragon slayer to deserve a village—and a storyteller—like this one. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
In an alternate world where humans and dragons battle over fossil fuels, the tale of one slayer and his bard becomes a celebration of friendship, family, community and calling. Read full book review >

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OWEN FOOTE, SOCCER STAR by Stephanie Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1998

"With realistic black-and-white drawings to capture some of the action, this is a lightweight, neatly wrapped package of uplift. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A second grader sees adults making mistakes, and helps one grown-up get it right in this predictable empowerment story, a sequel to Owen Foote, Second Grade Strongman (1996). Read full book review >

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LIVVIE OWEN LIVED HERE by Sarah Dooley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

While the whistle at the paper mill in "Nabor-with-an-A" hasn't blown in a decade and most of the town's residents have moved to "Neighbor-with-an-E," 14-year-old autistic Livvie Owen is certain she keeps hearing it, even if no one believes her. Read full book review >

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OWEN FOOTE, SUPER SPY by Stephanie Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"A lighthearted spirit and smart dialogue will keep young readers chanting for more of this funny fellow, even if they do end up wearing underwear on their heads. (Fiction. 7-10)"
If wearing handmade camouflage underwear on your head makes you a great spy, then Owen Foote might just be the next 007, but Owen and his friends discover that maybe there is such as thing as knowing too much. Read full book review >