Search Results: "Rae A. McDonald"


BOOK REVIEW

A FISHING SURPRISE by Rae A. McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A gentle lesson that nature always provides if we are gracious enough to accept what she offers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this delightfully simple offering, a boy and a girl spend the day fishing, hoping to catch some fish to fry for supper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OXFORD INHERITANCE by Ann A. McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A story just right for a dark and stormy night. Scary and good fun."
Mystery and horror intertwine in a gothic tale with modern accents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SISTERS CLUB by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Engaging dialogue and some laugh-out-loud moments will leave readers hoping for another installment. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Middle-sister awkwardness turns into aplomb for ten-year-old Stevie, sandwiched between 12-year-old Alex and eight-year-old Joey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RULE OF THREE by Megan McDonald
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Here's hoping for a third act. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Reel sisters—Joey, Stevie and Alex—are back in the second installment of the Sisters Club series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A smashing ending to a trilogy that began with problematic body hatred but developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
A queen can defeat the conde who stole her throne, but it means nothing if her land is destroyed by fire-throwing invaders. Read full book review >

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THE CROWN OF EMBERS by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Though this series entry moves somewhat slowly, newly discovered mysteries about this fantasyland's history—not to mention the torments of unresolved sexual tension—will have readers clamoring for volume three. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
Intelligent and thoughtful Elisa must negotiate diplomacy, religion and personal desire. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Despite the stale fat-to-curvy pattern, compelling world building with a Southern European, pseudo-Christian feel, reminiscent of Naomi Kritzer's Fires of the Faithful (2002), keeps this entry fresh. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Adventure drags our heroine all over the map of fantasyland while giving her the opportunity to use her smarts. Read full book review >

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LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS by Rae Carson
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Another indulgence in a Western narrative that undermines both history and its female protagonist instead of enlightening. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The middle volume of Carson's Gold Seer trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOG TALES by Jennifer Rae
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"There is only one punchline here, and children can probably handle the irony and camp, but will they want to? (Picture book. 5-10)"
Unreal, occasionally surreal, these deeply fractured fairy tales feature doggy characters pawing through such stories as "Jack Russell and the Beanstalk" and "Rapawnzul." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I WILL SEND RAIN by Rae Meadows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"There's a relentless quality to the novel, and it can almost seem too grim, especially at the end. But there are saving graces in the form of powerful writing and memorable characters who are hard to shake off even after you've read the last page."
Set in Dust Bowl Oklahoma in the early 1930s, this is the harrowing story of a farm family struggling to survive a seemingly endless drought and the privations it brings. Read full book review >

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SP4RX by Wren McDonald
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A pulls-no-punches techno-thriller; think Mr. Robot meets The Stepford Wives. (Graphic science fiction. 15 & up)"
In a gritty future, hackers must fight an evil corporation trying to turn humans into mechanically altered zombies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEATHER by Jill McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"While McDonald's art is delightful and the Hello, World! series appears to be promising, she should stick to topics that are close to home. (Board book. 2-4)"
Two youngsters learn about weather and the clothing it requires in this simple introduction that launches the Hello, World! series. Read full book review >