Search Results: "Peter Ferguson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCHES OF DREDMOORE HOLLOW by Riford McKenzie
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Written in the personable, gutsy voice of plainspoken Elijah, McKenzie's work betrays some influence of the Potter books, as well as a bit of Poe and Irving, but delivers a fresh, spooky shiver. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Set in 1927 rural New England, McKenzie's atmospheric debut contains all the trappings of a good dark-and-stormy-night ghost story. Read full book review >

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THE ANYBODIES by N.E. Bode
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

A writer for adults and YAs takes a pen name for this witty, sometimes hilarious tale, punctuated with authorial asides and featuring switched babies, hidden identities, magical transformations, and allusions to literary classics. Read full book review >

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LUCY ROSE by Katy Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"D-double-D-licious'-sounding recipes for 'Lucy Roses' cupcakes and 'Sweet Joniques' cookies appended in the same fun-loving style for kids to follow. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The dynamic, self-assured Lucy Rose continues her fourth-grade diary entries following the Christmas break to the end of the school year. Read full book review >

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ON A MEDIEVAL DAY by Rona Arato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Still, each story is supplemented by a map and a spread of background facts, and overall the collection may pique readers' interest in finding out more about some of these realms and eras. (Informational fiction. 9-11)"
Prefaced by a full-page close-up portrait, each of Arato's nine short tales describes a watershed day in the life of a young person in a different part of the world and a time between the eighth and 14th centuries. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Rich in well-set-up surprises and imaginatively tweaked characters, this tongue-in-cheek frolic features both a pair of memorable young sleuths and a madcap plot with plenty of leads into future episodes. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Readers will definitely have to be up on their folktales, as well as children's lit classics in general, to catch all the references in this terrific, head-spinning series opener. Read full book review >

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THE SISTERS GRIMM by Michael Buckley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Even confirmed fans will hope for tighter writing in future outings. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Poor choreography in the battle scenes drags the latest entry in this otherwise delicious series below par. Read full book review >

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THE SOMEBODIES by N.E. Bode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The whiny personal comments will likely be wasted on children, but the series remains a delight for better-read audiences. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Never one to let a fancy go untickled, the pseudonymous author of The Anybodies (2004) and The Nobodies (2005) adds to the veritable spate of recent tales set in a subterranean New York. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN GHOST by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 2011

"Could purple be next? (Ghost story. 7-9)"
This ghost story by Bauer is a companion chapter book to her previous titles, The Blue Ghost, The Red Ghost and The Green Ghost (2005, 2008, 2008) and features an animal ghost—a golden dog. Read full book review >

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THE RED GHOST by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2008

"Bauer's hit on a perfect formula, and like Andrew Lang with his Fairy Books, she has many more colors to go. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Known for her ghostly tales, Bauer has successfully opened a trap door for transitional readers who want a scary—but not too scary—story. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"An author's note reveals how Wells came to know of and be inspired by Fernandez's story. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Mirroring the career he eventually entered, architect Fernandez builds up, like one of Havana's ornate structures, memories of childhood in his pre- and post-Castro hometown. Read full book review >

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WHERE SUCCESS LIES by Rhona Ferguson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Has heart but lacks craft and efficiency."
In Ferguson's debut novel based on a true story, a driven businesswoman takes extreme and innovative measures to combat prejudice and propel her career. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Helpful graphs and tabular material throughout."
An arresting collection of revisionist essays that (despite what will strike most readers as a surfeit of donnish baggage) put a fresh spin on Tip O'Neill's dictum that money is the mother's milk of politics. Read full book review >