Search Results: "Rob Harrell"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TROLL WHO CRIED WOLF by Rob Harrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A most admirable troll, notwithstanding the big floppy ears and flyaway orange hair. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-12)"
Beleaguered middle school troll Zarf gets a chance to show his true mettle when the Big Bad Wolf's motorcycle-riding minions take the Littlepig family hostage in this sequel to The Trouble with Weasels (2014). Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH WEASELS by Rob Harrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Standard-issue knockoff, with personal and racial issues presented in mildly provocative ways, some gross bits and a few amusingly tweaked folk-tale tropes. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-12)"
A Web cartoonist and graphic novelist (Monster on the Hill, 2013) climbs aboard the crowded Wimpy Kid bandwagon with this tale of a middle schooler who belongs to a despised minority: He's a troll. Read full book review >

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TROLL OVERBOARD by Rob Harrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A series that began as a Wimpy Kid wannabe moves up to a cabin in first class. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-12)"
Zarf, middle school troll, is tricked into a quest for magic beans that takes him into—and then out of—the belly of the beast. Blech. Read full book review >

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MONSTER ON THE HILL by Rob Harrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Just plain monstrous fun. (Graphic fantasy. 9-12)"
In an alternative 19th-century England, monsters both thrill and protect their towns. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Memoir will likely please Hunter S. Thompson fans and appeal to readers with an interest in the beginnings of the post-modern era or the personal sacrifices involved in bringing serious written work to fruition."
Harrell's memoir details her relationships with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky and Jan Mensaert, and how these partners influenced her life by the way in which they lived their own. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

"Minko is an appealingly stoic boy, charmingly captured in Meers's black-and-white drawings. (Fiction. 8-11)"
From Harrell (How Thunder and Lightning Came to Be, 1995), a genuine adventure, made compelling by its veracity. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE SHADOW OF WINGS by Sara Harrell Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"In this quiet but atmospheric entry, the story's strengths are its subtle evocation of wartime Alabama and characters so real they seem to appear on a screen rather than in the pages of a book. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In 1944, the small, sleepy town of Pinella, Alabama, is swept by the winds of WW II. Read full book review >

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ABRAHAM'S BATTLE by Sara Harrell Banks
Released: April 1, 1999

"This is a poignant and effective introduction to the Civil War, to use alongside Gary Paulsen's Soldier's Heart (1998). (Fiction. 9-13)"
With a large scope to belie its length, a novella that paints in simple scenes of the battle of Gettysburg the essential sorrow and causes of the entire Civil War. Read full book review >

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THE STONE HEART by Leo Harrell Lynn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A captivating, heart-wrenching mosaic of life experiences encompassing family, tragedy, mental health, and fortitude."
A debut novel details love lost through the voice of a compassionate but jaded writer. Read full book review >

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A NET TO CATCH TIME by Sara Harrell Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"The names for the times of day are inherently fascinating, as are the many details of Gullah life and lore, but they lose much of their power and intrigue when shoehorned into this story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A day in the life of young Cuffy, the son of a fisherman on a barrier island off Georgia, set to a Gullah ``calendar,'' which, Banks notes in an afterword, she found ``oddly beautiful.'' Before Cuffy's story starts, there is a glossary, followed by Cook's sweet watercolor rendition of the diurnal calendar, to be read clockwise, showing the lyrical Gullah names for the times of day: ``Sooner Mornin','' or just before dawn, ``First Fowl Crow,'' ``Day Clean,'' when dawn breaks, and on through ``Plat-Eye Prowl,'' when nocturnal animals awaken, and ``Hag-Hollerin' Time,'' after midnight. Read full book review >