Search Results: "Robin Jarvis"


BOOK REVIEW

THORN OGRES OF HAGWOOD by Robin Jarvis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Fantasy adventure fans will be grateful for the cliffhanger ending that promises another installment. (Fiction. 10-15)"
The author of the Deptford Mice trilogy extends his trademark blend of fantasy and horror into an entirely imaginary world. Read full book review >

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WAR IN HAGWOOD by Robin Jarvis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2016

"A comfortably formulaic woodland epic finds resolution in widespread slaughter and melodramatic flourishes. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The (literally) heartless queen of the Unseelie Court meets her thoroughly deserved fate at last at the hands of some of the forest's humblest residents in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >

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THE DARK PORTAL by Robin Jarvis
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Although not right for every reader, Jarvis has delivered a robust book with a big-canvas plot that is tailor made for lovers of fantasy adventure and animal characters. (cast of characters, afterword) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Popular in England but never before published in America, the first book of Jarvis's fantasy trilogy depicts an epic battle between good and evil. Read full book review >

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DARK WATERS OF HAGWOOD by Robin Jarvis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"It offers some creepy moments and critters, but it's more often a pale imitation of one of Brian Jacques' woodland epics. With slime. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Over 10 years after Thorn Ogres of Hagwood (2002), a middle volume appears, doing more to indulge the author's love of grotesque magical creatures than advance his derivative plotline. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Still, fantasy readers will find a great deal to love here, and this seems a perfect choice for the younger legion of Harry Potter fans. (Judging by the familiar-looking cover design, the publisher thinks so, too.) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the first installment of Jarvis's new trilogy, Ben and Jennet have bounced among foster homes because people are alarmed by Ben's ability to see ghosts—until Alice Boston, an old woman who lives in a small seaside village called Whitby, takes them in. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A perfect choice for fans of the Redwall series ready for richer fare. (Fantasy. YA)"
This second prequel to the Deptford Mice animal fantasies stands on its own, while adding depth to Jarvis's richly imagined world. Read full book review >

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THE CRYSTAL PRISON by Robin Jarvis
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Shivery good fun. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Redwall meets Goosebumps in the middle of the Deptford Mice Trilogy. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The end result ought to be risible, but Jarvis pulls it off, to stunning effect. (Horror. 10-14)"
A rousing tale of horror and heroism, this last prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy stands well alone, as the doughty shipmouse Thomas Triton at last reveals his tragic past. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A crackerjack creepfest. (Fantasy. 10+)"
The first of three prequels to the popular Deptford Mice trilogy details the dark backstory of the malevolent feline mage Jupiter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A superlative conclusion to a top-notch series. (Fiction. YA)"
A crescendo of savage horror, relieved only by a few grace notes of tender poignancy, make a gripping page-turner of this finale to the Deptford Mice trilogy. Read full book review >

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COCK ROBIN by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 1, 1965

"In the 19th century, historians of education say, Cock Robin was acted out by school children."
Who killed Cook Robin? Read full book review >

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ROBIN HOOD by Margaret Early
adapted by Margaret Early, illustrated by Margaret Early
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Read this copy indoors with velvet gloves on, and save Howard Pyle's classic telling to read outside under the trees. (Picture book/folklore. 10+)"
Early (Sleeping Beauty, 1993, etc.) now adds the tales of Sir Robin to her artistic retellings of classics. Read full book review >