Search Results: "Richard Crompton"


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HELL'S GATE by Richard Crompton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2015

"Mollel's second appearance is moody and slow-rolling, as layered and involving as his first (Hour of the Red God, 2013), immersing the reader in a fascinating and unfamiliar world, with a mystery heightening the tension."
A righteous detective is shuttled to a remote post where he's challenged by culture shock, organized crime, and an unsolved murder. Read full book review >

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HOUR OF THE RED GOD by Richard Crompton
Released: April 2, 2013

"Former BBC journalist Crompton's debut features a unique voice, an in-depth look at diverse Kenyan rites and political chicanery, and a hero who, one hopes, is just at the beginning of his fictional career."
Female circumcision, baby selling, tribal conflicts and ballot-box stuffing unsettle life in Nairobi. Read full book review >

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GAWAIN AND LADY GREEN by Anne Eliot Crompton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1997

"A marvelous chimney-corner tale in glittering petit point."
Crompton (the fanciful Merlin's Harp, 1995, etc.) returns with another skilled re-tooling of an Arthurian legend, here the set-to of Sir Gawain and that supernatural horror, the Green Knight. Read full book review >

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ADRENALINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Sometimes inspiring, sometimes overdone. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Raised by her tattoo- and motorcycle-loving parents to take risks, Dyna injures herself in an accident and finds herself emotionally changed. Read full book review >

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THE SNOW PONY by Anne Eliot Crompton
ANIMALS
Released: June 14, 1991

"A slim, approachable story that covers some familiar themes with more sensitivity than usual. (Fiction. 8-12)"
New in town and already at odds with Marigold Stass, the boastful, charismatic girl in her class who happens to live next door, Jannie reluctantly accepts a job with reclusive Mr. Flower, who wants help gentling a pony that he hopes to give his city grandson, Arthur. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND VANDALISM by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"Introduces, but doesn't always deeply examine, many serious topics. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Rory's refusal to process her mother's suicide is challenged by Hayes, who is facing his own demons through Alcoholics Anonymous. Read full book review >

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MERLIN'S HARP by Anne Eliot Crompton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 8, 1995

"An easy double for young adults."
From the author of A Woman's Place (1978, not reviewed) and several children's books: an amusing and inventive twist on the inexhaustively fecund Arthurian legends. Read full book review >

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THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"In the end, it's like most reality TV: not high art and not all that memorable. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Even the twists are standard in this outsider-gets-revenge tale. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Timely subject matter and an adequate romance, but nothing super. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Geeky girl with absent father and quirky hobby meets unsuitable boy, then realizes Mr. Right has been under her nose all along. Read full book review >

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BECAUSE by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"But still, because or no because, it's a pleasure to see Jack learning to negotiate his way through the world, from longing questions to innocent answers that reveal far too much plain honesty. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since Torrey's wobbly, irresistible artwork tells the whole story, there is no reason to ask any explicit questions—such as, "Why is half the cake eaten?" or, "Why are you covered in Band-Aids?"—but young Jack always has the answer. Read full book review >

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ALMOST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"This is a sweet, tongue-in-cheek look at growing up that will reassure the youngest sufferers of youth that they are not alone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For those children who just cannot wait to grow up comes a tale that emphasizes their growing pains and the importance of their families' support. Read full book review >