Search Results: "Pleasant DeSpain"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"Although little effort is made to distinguish between the various cultures through language, these stories are all clear, fast-paced, and fun. (Notes) (Stories/Folklore. 4-10)"
Eleven fine early-reader, or read-aloud, tales. Read full book review >

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STRONGHEART JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Pleasant DeSpain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Gail Haley's Jack and the Bean Tree (1986) is still the best choice for readers in search of an alternative to the many tellings aimed at a younger audience. (Picture book/folklore. 8-10)"
DeSpain (Eleven Turtle Tales, 1994, etc.) turns to the oldest known versions of this durable story for his retelling. Read full book review >

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THIRTY-THREE MULTICULTURAL TALES TO TELL by Pleasant DeSpain
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Source notes. (Folklore. 7+)"
In his third collection, a well-known storyteller again gathers tales from around the world, featuring clever and foolish folk of all ages, supernatural creatures, hearty humor, low levels of violence, and deftly delivered messages. Read full book review >

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THE ETERNITY KEY by Bree Despain
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 12, 2015

"A discordant soap-opera sequel filling time until the finale. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Teen lovers get entangled in more myths, music and mysteries in this Stygian sequel. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW PRINCE by Bree Despain
ROMANCE
Released: March 11, 2014

"An overcrowded modern romance equally inspired by ancient Greece and Glee. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
A singer and a soldier boy re-enact and rework classic Greek myths in this lengthy series opener. Read full book review >

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THE LOST SAINT by Bree Despain
FICTION
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"For those who find a surfeit of rippling muscles and naked pecs to be sufficient for an enjoyable romance. (Paranormal romance. 13-15)"
This sequel to The Dark Divine (2009) falls into the classic Twilight patterns: a blank slate of a heroine and a reliance on sexual tension and vague presentiments of danger to drive the narrative. Read full book review >

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THE IMMORTAL THRONE by Bree Despain
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A chaotic conclusion, best for fervent fans and those who want more romance than Rick Riordan's novels. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
Teen lovers go to Hades and back in this third book. Read full book review >