Search Results: "Peni R. Griffin"


BOOK REVIEW

A DIG IN TIME by Peni R. Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 1991

"The internal logic of the poetry and of the rules governing time travel are maintained; the hint of deeper meaning is reminiscent of Mahy. (Fiction. 10+)"
Left with their grandmother while their archeologist parents are on a dig, Tim and Nan pass the time by staking out the yard of the family homestead and digging for artifacts. Read full book review >

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11,000 YEARS LOST by Peni R. Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Likable characters populate a fully realized world. (author's note, map, bibliography) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An 11-year-old finds herself in prehistoric Texas, where family politics are as confusing as the ways to kill a mammoth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BRICK HOUSE BURGLARS by Peni R. Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"But they react to the clues in dribs and drabs; most readers will outpace them on the guesswork. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An obvious villain and an archetypal misunderstood youth are on the scene for a mild-mannered mystery about four girls and the abandoned house that becomes their neighborhood hideout. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWITCHING WELL by Peni R. Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"Thoughtful, expertly plotted, richly imaginative and entertaining. (Fiction. 10-14)"
On the day of San Antonio's 1891 ``Battle of the Flowers,'' Ada Bauer, chafing under a teacher's criticism of her essay on women's rights, stands over a well and wishes she ``lived a hundred years from now.'' On the same day in 1991, Amber Burak- -who's just learned that her parents are divorcing and who's distressed by the children's troubles in a home where her mom is a social worker—makes the same wish in reverse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GHOST SITTER by Peni R. Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"This is entertaining fiction that doesn't for a moment sacrifice solid writing for plot. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Griffin's (Switching Well, 1993, etc.) worthy ghost story of the lost spirit of a ten-year-old is as thought-provoking as it is goosebump-inducing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARGO'S HOUSE by Peni R. Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A mystifying, still enjoyable story. (Fiction. 7-11)"
After her father, an unemployed carpenter, has a heart attack, Margo wakes up as Sis, one of the dolls he crafted for her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOBKIN by Peni R. Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 1992

"If things are a little too easy (empty farmhouse, compliant owner, workaholic brownie), they nevertheless make an entertaining story. (Fiction. 9+)"
Kay and Liza Franklin—not their real names, as Liza keeps telling herself—fled home after their stepfather, who abused Kay as a child, turned his attention to Liza. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MUSIC THIEF by Peni R. Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The author observes without moralizing, allowing readers a clearer view of choices in their own lives, as well an understanding that Alma's decision to call the police, and her genuine remorse, reveals admirable levels of courage and integrity. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A child sneaks into a neighbor's empty house seeking refuge from her noisy, overcrowded one in this tale of loss and hard life choices. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VIKKI VANISHES by Peni R. Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1995

"Their mother's emotional distance is harder to swallow, but on the whole, this tightly written novel moves along well, building dramatic tension until the girls are reunited. (Fiction. 12+)"
Suspense over a sibling in danger, and no kind words for estranged fathers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TREASURE BIRD by Peni R. Griffin
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Griffin plays fair with her readers—all the clues needed to solve the mystery are right there in the story—but the solution is a surprise nevertheless. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Communication—singing and speaking—is important in Griffin's novels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIE GRIEF (THE GRIFFIN) by Richard Hirschhorn
MYSTERY THRILLER

"An often audacious Nazi mystery with plenty of well-placed plot twists."
Hirshhorn (A Pride of Healers, 1983, etc.) offers an animated chase through Boston and Europe as his characters unravel a mystery involving six pairs of identical Jewish twins saved from a German concentration camp.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

R-HU by Leslie Scalapino
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Demanding and strange, at times curiously affecting, more often simply infuriating."
The r-hu, we're told, is a Mongolian stringed instrument. Read full book review >