Search Results: "Pete Hautman"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 2012

"Part science fiction, part adventure, part mystery, but every bit engrossing; be sure to start the hold list for the sequel. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Vivid imagination and deft storytelling make for refreshing speculative fiction in this time-travel tale. Read full book review >

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BLANK CONFESSION by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 2010

"A sure hit with teen readers. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A stranger rides into town on a battered old BMW motorcycle and with mad ninja skills stands up to the drug-dealing bullies in the high school, then walks into the police station and confesses to murder. Read full book review >

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RING GAME by Pete Hautman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Effervescent yet inert, top-heavy with zanies afloat in their monumentally petty schemes. (Author tour)"
Funny, heartless Hautman overreaches himself in this fourth tale of feckless plotters who seem to have broken out of Hiaasen's South Florida and flocked to the Twin Cities. Read full book review >

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SHORT MONEY by Pete Hautman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1995

"Not as funny or as light on its feet as Joe's manic debut, but still as relaxing as two weeks in a country-club prison."
A prequel to Drawing Dead (1993) that explains how ex-cop Joe Crow met Narcotics Anonymous stalwart Laura Debrowski and how he got his pink Jaguar, though not how he managed to stay alive long enough to star in the earlier novel. Read full book review >

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THE CYDONIAN PYRAMID by Pete Hautman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 14, 2013

"Hautman continues to write mind-expanding adventures and nail-biting suspense to probe big questions of faith, destiny and personal responsibility. The next book can't come soon enough. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Middle books in trilogies are tricky, but this taut science-fiction thriller pulls it off with panache. Read full book review >

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THE BIG CRUNCH by Pete Hautman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A poignant and quiet tale in which the only special effect is love—refreshing. (author's note) (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Wes Andrews has just ended a suffocating relationship with Izzy. Read full book review >

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HOW TO STEAL A CAR by Pete Hautman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A sharply observed, subversive coming-of-age tale. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Hautman channels the cynically smart voice of a teenage sometime car thief in this sly cross between Blake Nelson's The New Rules of High School (2003) and Peter Cameron's Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2007). Read full book review >

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ALL-IN by Pete Hautman
FICTION
Released: June 5, 2007

"Character progression takes a backseat to the details of poker and the quest to win, but the tournament's tension is top-notch. (Fiction. YA)"
When Denn first came to Vegas, he was a 16-year-old poker player with $100,000. Read full book review >

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SLIDER by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Winning views of a family pulling together, of young people stumbling into adolescence, and of an entertaining if controversial pursuit, 'reverse-eating events' and all. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Winning a competitive eating contest is David's only hope of avoiding being grounded for life after he does something stupid with his mother's credit card. Read full book review >

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THE FORGETTING MACHINE by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Tightly plotted mysteries lightened with wacky, ludicrous humor. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
In this sequel to The Flinkwater Factor (2015), Hautman returns to quirky Flinkwater for more technology-driven mysteries with spunky carrot-topped Ginger. Read full book review >

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EDEN WEST by Pete Hautman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 28, 2015

"Ultimately, this is no more than a surface-level exploration of nontraditional religious faith. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jacob's faith and commitment to his cult's restrictive lifestyle waver when he meets two outsider teens who introduce ideas from the outside world. Read full book review >

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THE PROP by Pete Hautman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2006

"Hautman is never without his pleasures. This time they mostly come in the first 100 pages, before he deals the flop."
Something new for switch-hitting Hautman, who shuttles between comic crime (Doohickey, 2002, etc.) and YA fables (Godless, 2004): a sweetly twisted tale of mayhem at a tribal casino. Read full book review >