Search Results: "Robin Maxwell"


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Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET DIARY OF ANNE BOLEYN by Robin Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Jean Plaidy) gallery of royal queens. (Author tour)"
An energetic, full-dress period novel, Maxwell's first, constructed from the adventures of Henry VIII's doomed second queen, mother of Elizabeth I of England. Read full book review >

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VIRGIN by Robin Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Fascinating and historically accurate, but the story sinks fast under the weight of clumsy exposition and a stilted style crowded with minutiae."
More trials and tribulations of the Tudor dynasty from Maxwell (The Queen's Bastard, 1999, etc). Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN'S BASTARD by Robin Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Thundering dialogue supporting plot upon plot."
In Maxwell's first novel, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn (1997), Queen Elizabeth discovered her beheaded mother's diary with its injunction, "Never relinquish control to any man." Read full book review >

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MADEMOISELLE BOLEYN by Robin Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Some melodramatic scenes and unduly American locutions can't spoil this accomplished rehabilitation of much-maligned Anne as an empowered woman."
Historically plausible account of Anne Boleyn's adolescence in France as a courtier of King François. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Sure to spark the interest of animal-loving children, this engaging portrait will also please history buffs and Anglophiles. (timeline, author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Maxwell presents a brief biography of Abraham Dee Bartlett, the self-taught animal expert who became superintendent of the London Zoo in 1859 and subsequently made significant improvements in the understanding, care, and treatment of animals in captivity. Read full book review >

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COUNTING ON SNOW by Maxwell Newhouse
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Lovely and, thanks to its small trim, intimate. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A quiet Arctic counting book takes readers from "10 caribou crunching" and "9 muskoxen mingling" down to "2 snowy owls swooping" and "1 moose, silent in the falling snow." Read full book review >

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THE WEBER STREET WONDER WORK CREW by Maxwell Newhouse
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

"Too bad. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This cheery but misguided attempt at a social-studies lesson tries to show kids how they can make a little money while helping others and making their own neighborhood a better place to live. Read full book review >

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THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017

"A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener. (map) (Historical fantasy. 12-adult)"
Gangs, immigrants, and the rich keeping the poor down, with a twist. Read full book review >

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LAKE PEOPLE by Abi Maxwell
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Maxwell's passion for storytelling about place and family is obvious, but her command of characters and tone is no match for it."
A woman strives to triangulate her history and identity in a melancholy lake town in this gauzy debut. Read full book review >

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MURDER HURTS by A.E. Maxwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fiora."
It hurts, sure, but it doesn't kill you—not if you're shamus/ adventurer Fiddler (The King of Nothing, 1992, etc.), who survived a shooting that left his raffish Uncle Jake dead. Read full book review >

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THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Cathy Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Both lively and thought-provoking, this book is well worth reading."
An impoverished noblewoman takes to petty crime until a handsome duke shows interest in marrying her. But does she even want a fairy-tale ending? Read full book review >