Search Results: "Richard Newsome"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MASK OF DESTINY by Richard Newsome
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"Occasional jokey dialogue won't be enough to carry readers over a story riddled with logical gaps, extraneous characters, massive coincidences and laboriously fabricated suspense. Illustrations not seen. (Adventure. 11-14)"
A frenetic dash across Europe that leads both to hidden treasure and the resolution of a 1,600-year-old mystery brings Newsome's once-promising trilogy to a muddled, heavily contrived close. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EMERALD CASKET by Richard Newsome
ADVENTURE
Released: May 17, 2011

"Fans of 39 Clues-style adventures will be swept along. (illustrations not seen) (Adventure. 11-14)"
They may have (apparently) lost round one in trilogy opener Billionaire's Curse (2010), but 13-year-old Gerald and his squabbling twin sidekicks Sam and Ruby aren't giving up. Read full book review >

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THE BILLIONAIRE’S CURSE by Richard Newsome
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Still, there's no letup in the pacing, and all the tried-and-true mystery elements add up to an Anthony Horowitz-style romp. (Adventure. 11-14)"
Gerald, a seemingly ordinary Sydney teenager, rises to the occasion when a previously unmet great-aunt in England leaves him 20 billion pounds and a note asking him to find her murderer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHADOW by Jill Newsome
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The moody artwork beautifully conveys Rosy's loneliness, and her joy in finding Shadow, and a new friend. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Newsome's story makes painfully clear just how difficult it is to move into a new neighborhood, but children won't find ways to address that difficulty in this improbable tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Muddy Mouth by C.A. Newsome
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"An entertaining and well-crafted addition to a dog-centric mystery series."
Newsome (Sneak Thief, 2015, etc.) returns to the adventures of artist and canine lover Lia Anderson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FUR BOYS by C.A. Newsome
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Another satisfying Lia Anderson mystery from a true talent of the genre."
Newsome (Muddy Mouth, 2016, etc.) pits Lia Anderson against a murderer in this latest installation of the Dog Park Mysteries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAM DANCER by Jill Newsome
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"A polished pas de deux from a pair of pros. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In their second collaboration, husband-and-wife team Newsome and Muñoz (Shadow, 1999) effectively encapsulate the elusive essence of dance with the joyful story of a little girl named Lily and her tiny wooden dancing doll. Read full book review >

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APPRECIATIONS
by Gregory McNamee

“Men are often taken, like rabbits, by the ears,” observed the British literary critic F.L. Lucas. He added, “And though the tongue has no bones, it can break millions of them.” Yes, it can: we live in an age of broken bones, one in which the power-hungry are grabbing at—well, ears, if nothing else, by which we ...


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WINTER WINNERS
by Julie Danielson

It may not be winter yet, but the cozy, winter picture books are already on shelves. I’ve two on my mind today, Snow Scene and When the Moon Comes, that make me long to see snowflakes.

I’m really glad that long-time editor Richard Jackson decided to start penning picture books. He has written four thus far (Have a Look, Says ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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 >