Search Results: "Robert Westall"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STONES OF MUNCASTER CATHEDRAL by Robert Westall
ADVENTURE
Released: April 30, 1993

"A taut thriller, with a horrifically dramatic denouement as the ancient evil is explained and undone. (Fiction. 11+)"
A Cheshire steeplejack has a harrowing confrontation with diabolic forces entrenched in a tower. Read full book review >

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THE KINGDOM BY THE SEA by Robert Westall
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 29, 1991

"A fine survival story, winner of the 1990 Guardian Award. (Fiction. 11+)"
Harry Baguely has just made it to the bomb shelter when a Luftwaffe bomb obliterates his home, parents, and little sister. Read full book review >

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GULF by Robert Westall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The result is an antiwar statement every bit as harrowing and furious as Peter Dickinson's AK (1992), at a third of the length. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-12)"
A savage tale of a psychic child witnessing the terrors of the Gulf War through the eyes of Latif, a 13-year-old Iraqi soldier. Read full book review >

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STORMSEARCH by Robert Westall
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"An undemanding tale, and not in Westall's soul-searching vein, but good fun. (Fiction. 10+)"
A rather conventional historical mystery about two kids vacationing with their uncle on England's south coast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ECHOES OF WAR by Robert Westall
FICTION
Released: July 26, 1991

"As always, Westall's appeal is deep if not broad. (Fiction/Short stories. 12-16)"
Westall explores the idea that war's effects are felt far from the battle and continue long after the war has passed. Read full book review >

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YAXLEY'S CAT by Robert Westall
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A minor but entertaining effort by a major author. (Fiction. 11+)"
Rose, poking along the bleak coast of Norfolk with her children Timothy and Jane, happens on an isolated cottage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN CAMERA by Robert Westall
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"The settings are English, as are the social milieu and some of the phrasing, but that shouldn't deter readers who respond to the characters' charm and the expressiveness of the writing. (Fiction. 12+)"
A part of O. Henry, a dash of Oscar Wilde, and all Westall: five stories that give ample evidence of a lifetime of careful character study and craftsmanship. Read full book review >

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TIME OF FIRE by Robert Westall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"To an unusual degree—even for Westall—this book's situations, characters, language, and historical background will have far more resonance for readers across the pond. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A Newcastle lad loses both parents to enemy action in the Battle of Britain, but passes up a tailor-made chance for revenge in this heavy, predictable story, first published abroad in 1994. Read full book review >

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THE CALL AND OTHER STORIES by Robert Westall
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Solidly spooky fare—well written and imaginative. (Short stories. 12+)"
By a fine, dependable British author whose fiction ranges from sf to WW II-set novels (The Kingdom by the Sea, 1991): six stories partaking of the supernatural. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FALLING INTO GLORY by Robert Westall
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

Growing up in England during WW II, Robbie was a hugely fat boy, bright but ``weedy,'' the constant butt of taunts and derision. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT by Robert Westall
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Westall doesn't pander to young readers—they have to be able to translate his Britishisms and have some sense of history- -but the end result is richly detailed, atmospheric, and deeply imagined fiction. (Fiction. 8+)"
Set in grimy Depression-era industrial cities in northern England, these two holiday tales from a veteran British writer (The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral, 1993, etc.) give young readers something to really cut their teeth on. Read full book review >