Search Results: "P.J. Bracegirdle"


BOOK REVIEW

SINISTER SCENES by P.J. Bracegirdle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"A patchy close to a series built around characters and themes that will have more resonance for grown-ups than kids. Still, young readers who relish gothic comedy may stay the course. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A movie crew stirs up old ghosts and new hopes in this probable close to a run of melodramatic mishaps. Read full book review >

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UNEARTHLY ASYLUM by P.J. Bracegirdle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"As observed by the largely uncomprehending Joy, the antics and infatuations of the adults supply most of the comedy, but the thoroughly gothic setting and a madcap climax will keep younger audiences entertained, too. (Comic horror. 11-13)"
Sophisticated fare for readers in search of a few more Unfortunate Events. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD FAMILY DIAZ by P.J. Bracegirdle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Although a bit pat, the ending satisfies, and the story as a whole addresses many issues pertinent to primary-grade children. (note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Angelito is not looking forward to the Day of the Dead. Even though he will be with his family when they arrive at the Land of the Living, his anxieties mount as the elevator door opens onto the raucous party atmosphere of El Día de los Muertos. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO FELL OFF THE <i>MAYFLOWER</i>, OR JOHN HOWLAND'S GOOD FORTUNE by P.J. Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Sweeping and grand, this personal take on a familiar story is an engaging success. (bibliography, author's note) (Picture book. 6-14)"
A much-longer-than-typical picture book about the Mayflower's first landing in America and its aftermath, told through the eyes of one of its passengers. Read full book review >

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MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD by P.J. Hoover
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A decent sophomore dig that won't require heavy excavation. (glossary, notes) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Combatting the god of chaos as he siphons every last drop of light from the sun is a prime excuse for skipping science camp. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE by P.J. Hoover
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A pyramid history buffs and fantasy fans will delight in excavating. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Being an immortal 14-year-old pharaoh isn't all scepters and servants; there's also the overthrowing of a homicidal cult—and finishing one's homework. Read full book review >

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SOLSTICE by P.J. Hoover
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 18, 2013

"Generic, unthreatening, popcorn summer reading; ideal for those readers looking for more of exactly the same. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
This steamy apocalyptic-fantasy-romance novel reads like the product of a committee formed specifically to design a YA best-seller. Read full book review >

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HOLIDAYS IN HECK by P.J. O’Rourke
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Red meat for his fans, unlikely to convert new ones."
The prolific cultural commentator offers a miscellany of (mostly) travel pieces, a follow-up of sorts to his collection of war journalism, Holidays in Hell (1988). Read full book review >

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WILD RIVER by P.J. Petersen
ADVENTURE
Released: June 9, 2009

"Particularly recommended for those readers not quite ready for Gary Paulsen's The River (1991) but still eager for realistic thrills. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ryan would be the first to tell you that he didn't want to go at all. Read full book review >

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DARK OF THE MOON by P.J. Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Clumsy prose, stereotyped people—and a first novelist who has to learn that in plotting the twist is better than the wrench."
An overwrought debut thriller set in the not-quite-ready-to-be-new South. Read full book review >

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EAT THE RICH by P.J. O’Rourke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 1998

"It's all selective blarney, of course, and a funny, pungent paean to the glory of free enterprise as well. (First printing, 150,00; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
America's leading right-wing humorist (not a very crowded field, admittedly) turns to that dismal science, economics. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1992

"You don't have to share his peculiar, right-wing politics to love his fuel-injected prose—but it helps."
Flush with the success of his gonzo attack on big government- -last year's Parliament of Whores—the self-proclaimed ``Republican Party Reptile'' here collects his recent articles, mostly from Rolling Stone and The American Spectator. Read full book review >