Search Results: "Owen Laukkanen"


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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THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Owen Laukkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Laukkanen combines great storytelling with deep compassion for the underdog. Despite brief references to earlier cases, you can safely read the novels in any order."
The sixth fast-paced entry in the Stevens-Windermere crime-fighting series (The Watcher in the Wall, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WATCHER IN THE WALL by Owen Laukkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"A gut-wrenching tale filled with empathy for alienated teens. This may be the best yet in a first-rate series."
A fast-paced thriller in which Windermere and Stevens (The Stolen Ones, 2015, etc.) must stop the Internet predator who's persuading teens to commit suicide. Read full book review >

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KILL FEE by Owen Laukkanen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 20, 2014

"Proficient, professional, pulse-pounding nonsense. If you can accept the outrageous logistics of Killswitch, you won't put this third installment down unfinished."
Minnesota state cop Kirk Stevens teams up once more with the FBI's Carla Windermere to put a ruthless murder-for-hire scheme out of business. Read full book review >

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THE STOLEN ONES by Owen Laukkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Thriller fans will enjoy this one. Laukkanen is a first-class storyteller."
From start to finish, a fast-moving and satisfying thriller starring a likable if unlikely duo. Read full book review >

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CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE by Owen Laukkanen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 2013

"Fans of crime thrillers shouldn't miss this one or anything else with Laukkanen's name on the cover. The writing is so crisp, the pages almost want to turn themselves. He's a terrific storyteller."
With this second thriller in a series, Laukkanen's latest provides an entertaining worst-case scenario of an accountant gone bad. Read full book review >

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Released: March 29, 2012

"Let's hope Laukkanen writes more thrillers like this one."
A fast-moving debut thriller with enough twists to fill a pretzel bag. 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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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 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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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 >