Search Results: "P.J. Haarsma"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"A pulpy (if disorganized) reward for those who have made it this far. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
JT's journey through the unpleasant Rings of Orbis finally starts to come together into a coherent narrative (Betrayal on Orbis 2, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SOFTWIRE by P.J. Haarsma
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A potentially compelling space mystery marred by inept prose and a muddled narrative. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
JT Turnbull and 200 children are about to land on the interstellar multi-species commerce hub of Orbis. Read full book review >

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THE SOFTWIRE by PJ Haarsma
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Johnny's friends and sister serve primarily as set dressing, the prose is clunky and the plot illogical; these flaws notwithstanding, this volume's not a bad way to kill some time between stronger works. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
In this disjointed sequel (The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1, 2006), Johnny and his young shipmates have new indentured positions in the alien community of Orbis feeding a pair of Samirans, massive whale-like creatures who are necessary for the financial well-being of Orbis. Read full book review >

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The Flies of August by P.J. Lee
Released: Feb. 27, 2013

"A fun, sophisticated debut mystery."
Detectives struggle to solve the mystery of a missing girl in this fresh, contemporary take on the police procedural. Read full book review >

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Runabouts by P.J. Jenkins
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A bright, simple children's story about the power of working together."
A splashy children's story about bullying and friendship. Read full book review >

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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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SUBWAY GIRL by P.J. Converse
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

"The light narrative tone in much of the book is often just the right touch; other times there's enough of a hint of the author's purpose—writing a novel in English for his students in Hong Kong—to interrupt the flow of what is otherwise a story with depth. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Chan Tze Man, aka Simon Chan, is falling behind in English classes at his Hong Kong high school, and he decides to leave school, even though he knows that he won't graduate without passing the final exam. 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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LIVE BAIT by P.J. Tracy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2004

"If it's anything like Tracy's first two, Minnesotans may want to duck and cover before her third hits the bookshelves."
More serial-killing woes for Minneapolis Homicide's Det. Leo Magozzi and his ladylove Grace MacBride's software-development cohorts (Monkeewrench, 2003). 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 >