Search Results: "Rob Thomas"


BOOK REVIEW

GREEN THUMB by Rob Thomas
Released: May 1, 1999

"When Grady blossoms into an Amazonian superhero, the author's fans may feel the threat of incredibility, but they'll also have to turn every page to the end. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a departure from his realistic novels, Thomas (Satellite Down, 1998, etc.) tries a science fiction adventure intended for younger readers, with less success. Read full book review >

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SLAVE DAY by Rob Thomas
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

``Slaves'' and their buyers raise considerably more than money at a Texas high school in this wild, multistranded teen tale from Thomas (Rats Saw God, 1996). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOING TIME by Rob Thomas
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It's a promising work—it just doesn't feel finished. (Fiction. 12-14)"
From Thomas (Slave Day, p. 306, etc.), an attempt to draw a cross-section of humanity from a group of high-school students performing community service. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SATELLITE DOWN by Rob Thomas
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 1998

"Thomas covers a lot of territory, and Patrick's journeys of the heart are as compelling as his sincere attempts to do the right thing, but readers should be prepared for a raw, ambiguous conclusion. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Thomas (Doing Time, 1997, etc.) writes an exposé on Hollywood, stardom, and the broadcasting media in another hip, cutting-edge story of conflicted youth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLOWN AWAY by Rob Biddulph
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A master-class of picture-book writing and illustrating. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rhyming picture book about the perils and joys of travel. Read full book review >

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IMAGINE A WORLD by Rob Gonsalves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"It may be interchangeable with its three predecessors, but it still provides peaceful, gently unsettling visions for young dreamers. (Picture book. 7-9) "
Imagine a new gallery of technically adroit paintings featuring M.C. Escher-like shifts in images and perspective: Gonsalves' fourth, and first solo, pictorial outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST NUMBERS by Rob Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Designed to prompt discussion, these poorly designed titles will only perplex. (Board book. 2-4)"
This busy board book mixes large numerals, photographs and counting questions to dubious effect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Dim and dismal. (Illustrated fiction. 11-13, adult)"
Cut-paper silhouettes illustrate this large-format tale of a young prince's efforts to break the chains of loneliness and isolation imposed on him by his high station. Read full book review >

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THE INVINCIBLE KINGDOM by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Admire the pictures, skip the thoroughly overblown text. (Illustrated fiction. 11-13)"
A fugitive king finds his queen and his true calling in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >