Search Results: "Rock Pocket Games"


BOOK REVIEW

ELLA BELLA BEACH ADVENTURE by Rock Pocket Games
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2012

"There's a useful message for kids about making lemonade, but this beach adventure won't be memorable enough for most readers to see past the lemons. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A rained-out day at the beach leads to a happier day indoors for a group of kids in this sharp-looking but ultimately uninspired app. Read full book review >

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THE PENELOPE ROSE HD by Mobad Games
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2011

"Definitely ambitious but a bit clunky in the end. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
A good-looking but thin tale about a fairy who gives all the roses their colors. Read full book review >

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STEPHANIE THE FROG by Anna  Cywinska
illustrated by Anna Cywinska, developed by Krecha Games
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2012

"Short, sweet and shallow. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
This glorified game of paper dolls offers a basic lesson about what to wear in winter, summer, spring and fall. Read full book review >

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KLICKITAT by Peter Rock
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 12, 2016

"Brooding, evocative, mysterious; a tale for mature readers to dig into—and then discuss. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Vivian, 15, who struggles with anxiety, feels her older sister, Audra, 17, a strong-willed free spirit, pulling away from her; before Audra vanishes, she promises Vivian she'll come back for her. Read full book review >

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THE UNSETTLING by Peter Rock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2006

"A solid representation of this writer's mature work, notable for its detached intensity, but his stories' brevity and randomness will leave many dissatisfied."
Curiously dry, unsympathetic short stories by Utah novelist Rock (The Bewildered, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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MY ABANDONMENT by Peter Rock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2009

"A moving evocation of life on the fringes, sparking many questions about our regulated society."
Does Father know best? His teenage daughter is forced to wonder after they're evicted from their city-park cave in this harrowing fifth novel from Rock (Writing/Reed Coll.; The Bewildered, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOMER HENRY HUDSON'S CURIO MUSEUM by Zack Rock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Hudson claims, 'Everything has a story.' And through his personal descriptions and musings over each artifact, he knows how to tell a good one. (Picture book. 8-12)"
In Rock's debut picture book, an eccentric bulldog named Homer Henry Hudson collects "bits and bobs" from around the globe, displaying them floor to ceiling in his museum of curios. Read full book review >

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THE WHISPERING OF BONES by Judith Rock
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Rock (A Plague of Lies, 2012, etc.) has painstakingly recreated 17th-century Paris, although with a decidedly modern emphasis on guilt as a prime motivator. A strong, sympathetic protagonist, however, atones for both the author's lapses and his own in this latest case file of an aspiring priest."
A former soldier-turned-Jesuit scholar solves a series of mysteries during the reign of Louis XIV. Read full book review >

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THE RHETORIC OF DEATH by Judith Rock
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Readers will divine the good guys from the bad much faster than the likable and conscientious hero, but Rock's fine eye for historic detail and well-drawn characters will continue to engage readers long after they've put a name to the villain."
Rock offers a debut novel rich with historical detail about everyday life in Paris, especially among the Jesuits, in the year 1686. Read full book review >

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MANTIES IN A TWIST by J.A. Rock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2016

"Kinky, touching, emotional, and sexually intense."
Still mourning the loss of a friend due to an accident during sadomasochistic sex, Kamen moves in with his boyfriend, Ryan, and has to navigate a spectrum of mixed feelings as he and his close-knit set of friends move into their own lives, loves, and levels of kink. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLURONBI by Adebayo Adegbembo
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2013

"A bland digital alternative to Phillis Gershator and Holly C. Kim's Iroko-Man (1994) that, in its own mild but firm way, makes points about respecting nature and keeping promises. (iPad folktale. 6-8)"
A rhythmic Swahili song, a gender switch and a grafted-on happy ending sweeten this version of a West African tale about a childless woman who makes a rash promise to a tree spirit. Read full book review >