Search Results: "Robert Mackenzie"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Sleep, Cher Ami, sleep!' (Picture book. 5-9)"
During World War I, the U.S. Army relied on a flock of 600 carrier pigeons to send messages back to headquarters from troops in the field, and one, Cher Ami, became famous for saving the "Lost Battalion," which had been trapped behind enemy lines. Read full book review >

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by John Cech
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"The illustrations feature exaggerated forms and a green, brown and gold palette, but do not distinguish this retelling, which fails to spark a real rhythm or much energy: more ho hum than fo fum. (author's note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
It's Jack again, in a somewhat lackluster retelling that includes a twist at the end. Read full book review >

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WANTED! RALFY RABBIT, BOOK BURGLAR by Emily MacKenzie
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"This will be a raving favorite for fans of books about books as well as older readers who can appreciate the library humor. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Can someone love reading too much? This is the story of how one book lover gets himself into a pickle through his passion for books. Read full book review >

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THE LIVES OF DESPERATE GIRLS by Mackenzie Common
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Skip this exercise in white-savior narrative. (Mystery. 14-18)"
In the wake of the disappearance of her wealthy, white best friend, a white teenager in a small Ontario town investigates the murder of a classmate she doesn't know: a Native girl from the nearby reserve. Read full book review >

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SLEEPER by MacKenzie  Cadenhead
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A fresh, mostly successful thriller about vengeance, loyalty, and friendship. (Paranormal thriller. 12-16)"
A teenage girl suffering from a sleep disorder finds that an experimental drug cure comes with some unexpected and potentially deadly side effects. Read full book review >

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THE FALLEN by Jassy Mackenzie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2012

"Jade's third caper (Stolen Lives, 2011, etc.) has an appealing edge and a strong yet vulnerable heroine, full of human flaws, though the plot once again runs a bit amok."
A hardboiled South African private eye blocks out her messy personal life long enough to find her friend's killer. Read full book review >

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HOW TO MANAGE A MARQUESS by Sally MacKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Tiresome lead characters and a rather inane plot make this novel eminently skippable."
A Regency-era marquess has allowed his life to be controlled by a family curse, but a blonde spinster promises to give him something else to live for. Read full book review >

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THE TESTING OF LUTHER ALBRIGHT by MacKenzie Bezos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2005

"There are no melodramatic excesses here, just the painful realization that a love that evades past injuries and present affronts isn't quite enough. A self-assured, distinguished debut."
A low-key but affecting portrait of a family whose admirable head has one fatal flaw. Read full book review >

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THE REFUGE by Kenneth Mackenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"The novel maps a state of torment which, sadly, has not been rendered lucidly."
A crime reporter is thrown into turmoil by the death of his refugee lover in this final novel by an acclaimed and troubled Australian writer. Read full book review >

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GIFTS OF WAR by Mackenzie Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2009

"Stiff-upper-lip storytelling redeemed by flashes of feeling and a welter of period detail."
Pedestrian fiction debut by a pseudonymous British historian combines espionage and romance against a World War I background. Read full book review >

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The Adventurers Troll Creek by Mackenzie Reide
Released: July 14, 2011

"An entertaining, if somewhat undemanding, YA adventure."
Reide's debut YA novel, the first book in her Adventurers series, offers a little bit of conflict and a lot of escapades. Read full book review >

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LOOSE CANNON by Donald MacKenzie
Released: Dec. 10, 1993

"A tricky assignment for Raven—at loose ends on his Thames houseboat (Raven's Shadow, etc.) since wife Kirstie is away—and a mildly intriguing puzzle for the reader."
Philip Page, a product of the flaming 80's, made millions in a scheme (with a now-dead Pakistani) buying and selling factories to Consol Electric with a promise of lucrative contracts for the product involved. Read full book review >