Search Results: "R.A. Spratt"


BOOK REVIEW

FRIDAY BARNES, UNDER SUSPICION by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A cliffhanger ending will have readers drumming their fingers as they wait for the next episode. (Mystery. 8-12)"
As in series opener Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (2016), instead of just one mystery, Friday confronts a series of strange happenings in her school, posh Highcrest Academy. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF NANNY PIGGINS by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Readers will demand swift release of the two sequels already out Down Under. (Animal fantasy. 7-12)"
Widower Mr. Green's a lawyer who helps the rich avoid taxes. Read full book review >

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FRIDAY BARNES, GIRL DETECTIVE by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Delightful, highly logical, and well-informed fun. (Mystery. 8-12)"
She's only 11, but she's smarter and better informed than most adults, and she's determined to solve mysteries for a living. Read full book review >

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NANNY PIGGINS AND THE WICKED PLAN by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"Feisty, funny Nanny Piggins and her adoring charges will charm readers and listeners stateside, who'll be overjoyed there are five additional volumes already out Down Under. (Humor. 7-10)"
If Amelia Bedelia and Mary Poppins raised a piglet, Nanny Piggins...could surely beat that pig in a cake-eating contest. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGONS OF SPRATT, OHIO by Linda Zinnen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Zinnen crafts young characters with engaging talents and blind spots, pits them against a scary adversary, folds in some gruesome garage-lab scenes, and brings the tale to a preachy but satisfying close. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Scales fall from young folks' eyes but grow on a ruthless animal experimenter's skin in this freewheeling fantasy. Read full book review >

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PROMISE OF THE WITCH-KING by R.A. Salvatore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"A formulaic, trite and derivative swords-and-sorcery fantasy that reads like a novelized Dungeons & Dragons adventure."
Dark elf Jarlaxle and human assassin Artemis Entreri are back with more inane banter and ostentatious swordplay in this sequel to Servant of the Shard (2000). Read full book review >

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LUTHIEN'S GAMBLE by R.A. Salvatore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 1996

"Wretchedly derivative twaddle, aimed at readers who want maximum agitation with minimum cogitation."
Salvatore's second in a fantasy series begun with 1995's The Sword of Bedwyr (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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THE LOOM by R.A. Sasaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1991

"Quiet, elegiac writing that movingly celebrates the immigrant rite of passage—along with all its implicit heartaches and triumphs."
An accomplished first collection by a third-generation San Franciscan. Read full book review >

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THE ANCIENT by R.A. Salvatore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2008

"Fails to hit the highs of previous Corona books, but still a worthy addition to the lore of Salvatore's invented world."
A monk, a dwarf and an outlaw walk into an ice castle to cross swords with a power-hungry religious zealot—and, no, that's not the setup for a joke. Read full book review >

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THE DEMON SPIRIT by R.A. Salvatore
Released: April 1, 1998

"Unsurprising and undistinguished, evidently the way Salvatore fans like it. (Author tour)"
Second part of the trilogy begun with The Demon Awakens (1997). Read full book review >