Search Results: "Robert J. Allison"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2011

"A useful introduction to a complicated series of historical events."
"The history of our Revolution will be one continued lie from one end to the other," prophesied John Adams. Allison (History/Suffolk Univ.; Revolutionary Sites of Greater Boston, 2005, etc.) aims to correct a few of those mistruths. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LETTER BEARER by Robert Allison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Elegantly and exactingly written. A touch ponderous at times but oddly—beg pardon—unforgettable."
A mysterious man tries to find himself while traversing a hellish landscape of war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HACKED by J. D. Allison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 2012

"An original voice that's initially disorienting, but given time, Allison lyrically creates an intriguing world."
In a realm of virtual reality, "subscribers" hone in on the lives of others. Read full book review >

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FINDING FOXES by Allison Blyler
ANIMALS
Released: May 2, 1991

"Blake's debut, Riptide (1990), was notable for its skill and sensitivity; this partnership with Blyler's unusually thoughtful and imaginative verse is even more outstanding. (Picture book. 4+)"
In muted turquoise and gold, rich shades of lavender and sharp fox red, a series of hauntingly lovely double-spread paintings extend the images in Blyler's cycle of poetic epiphanies. Read full book review >

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TOGO by Robert J. Blake
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A map on the endpapers enables the reader to follow the progress of the rescue mission, which they will—breathlessly. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-9)"
The cover of this long picture book is a showstopper, with the entire spread showing just the face of a snowy dog with intense, pale-blue eyes, along with the single title word and the author's name. Read full book review >

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AKIAK by Robert J. Blake
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Akiak's efforts may not constitute life-and-death drama, but young readers will cheer the heroic dog on in this satisfying outdoor adventure. (Picture book. 5-10)"
From Jack London's Call of the Wild to Gary Paulsen's many tales, the relationship between humans and dogs as they face the harsh northern climes has captivated readers. Read full book review >

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LITTLE DEVILS by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"An author's note describes their threatened conditions, providing a starting point to understanding this unique species. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This trio of Tasmanian devils is quite the handful. Read full book review >

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FLEDGLING by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Young children facing or recalling their own first forays into the wide world will follow this one with fascination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A young kestrel tries its wings in this roller-coaster ride of a picture book, swooping over (and under!) Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWIFT by Robert J. Blake
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"He depicts a winter landscape both ominous and beautiful. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Swift is a working dog, who helps Johnnie's Pa hunt and stay safe in the woods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPRAY by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 1996

"Justin's wake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Unhappy as a newcomer on Martha's Vineyard, Justin sets out to sea in his sailing dory, dreaming of his hero, Captain Slocum, who became the first man to sail around the world in 1898. Read full book review >

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VICTOR AND HUGO by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"If readers are ready to forgive its confused plot, the art offers much to appreciate. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two dogs rescue their master's accordion—and the world's music—in Paris. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAINTER AND UGLY by Robert J. Blake
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"An engaging tale of friendship, loyalty and separation, this will appeal to fans of the author's earlier work as well all readers who enjoy a suspenseful story with a satisfying end. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From a veteran Iditarod chronicler (Akiak, 1997, etc.) comes the tale of Painter and Ugly, two young sled dogs and dedicated friends. Read full book review >