Search Results: "Preston McDaniels"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TURTLE by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

In this fourth visit to a close, multi-species family of lighthouse tenders, a distressed sea turtle washes up on the rocky shore. Read full book review >

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PHINEAS L. MACGUIRE...BLASTS OFF! by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2008

"Although there are references to his previous experiments with volcanoes and slime mold, this easily stands on its own and should attract new fans for the series. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Hoping to earn enough money for a week at Space Camp in Alabama, fourth-grader Phineas MacGuire takes a job as a dog walker—a ready-made opportunity for a budding scientist. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCE OF IRELAND AND THE THREE MAGIC STALLIONS by Bryce Milligan
ADVENTURE
Released: March 15, 2003

"For tellers, then, not readers. (author's source notes) (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
A stepmother's endeavor to give a kingdom to her own sons sends the real heir on a quest that offers another story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORM by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Oh, dear. (Fiction. 6-8)"
At her best, Rylant's (The Ticky-Tacky Doll, below, etc.) sweetness and sentiment fills the heart; in this outing, however, sentimentality reigns and the end result is pretty gooey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRESTON FALLS by David Gates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"The tumult of marriage on the rocks rings true, but otherwise there's too much yuppie angst and too little human interest for this to be appealing."
A sputtering marriage stalls when a p.r. flack takes a break from the job and kids to fix up the family's vacation home in upstate New York, in this painfully slow successor to Gates's debut, Jernigan (1991), a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Read full book review >

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PHINEAS L. MACGUIRE...GETS SLIMED! by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2007

"The mold experiments appended are an added bonus. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A little older and wiser after receiving only an honorable mention in the school science fair, inveterate list-maker Phineas "Mac" Maguire revises his fourth-grade goals from "1. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"All in all, a smart, funny read—the first in a promising series. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Budding scientist and fourth-grader Mac has just lost his best friend to a move. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHUPPITY STOORIE by John Warren Stewig
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An author's note explains the origin of the tale and compares to variant retellings. (Folktale. 4-8)"
A fresh and spirited retelling of an oft-told Scottish tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESSES ARE NOT PERFECT by Kate Lum
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"This sprightly tale will enchant aspiring princesses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this rollicking sequel to Princesses Are Not Quitters! (2002), Lum's trio of perseverant princesses discover that being royal does not make one perfect. Read full book review >

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PHINEAS L. MACGUIRE . . . GETS COOKING! by Frances O’Roark Dowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Phineas, good-humored and insightful in his believable first-person voice, once again provides a pertinent, easy-to-read tale for grade schoolers. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Fourth-grade scientist Phineas L. MacGuire is back for another outing, exploring science ideas in the world around him and figuring out a way to deal with the class bully. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BREWER OF PRESTON by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Fans of Camilleri's long-running Inspector Montalbano series (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) will be familiar with his brand of lusty lunacy, carried here to a degree that rivals Boccaccio."
In 19th-century Sicily, a cornucopia of craziness surrounds the première of an opera buffo in a small music-loving town.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Happy Life of Preston Katt by J.J. Zerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2015

"A detailed portrayal of an everyday sailor that rings true."
A young man finds a second home in the military, as well as a purpose in life, in Zerr's (Noble Deeds, 2013, etc.) realistic story of naval warfare during World War II. Read full book review >