Search Results: "Roderick Townley"


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THE RED THREAD by Roderick Townley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 6, 2007

"Captivating and shivery. (Fantasy. YA)"
A tangled mystery leads 16-year-old Dana to tangled emotions, some of which aren't her own, even though they are. Read full book review >

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A BITTER MAGIC by Roderick Townley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Plenty of magic, a touch of romance, an appealing heroine, and a talking lobster lighten Townley's tale of deadly sibling jealousy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After Cisley's mother disappears into the shards of a black mirror during her illusion act, the 12-year-old must discover her own powers to learn whether her mother is alive and how to find her. Read full book review >

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INTO THE LABYRINTH by Roderick Townley
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"This is all done in vivid, sparkling language, and knowing readers will see references to everything from TV's Jay Leno to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. (Fiction. 10+)"
Princess Sylvie, the plucky and brave heroine of The Great Good Thing (2001), returns to adventures old and new in this brilliantly imagined sequel. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT GOOD THING by Roderick Townley
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2001

"With inspiration from Lewis Carroll to The Truman Show and The Purple Rose of Cairo, Townley has created that most impossible thing: a book beloved from the first page. (Fiction. 10+)"
Enchantment rules: the power of story; the uses of dream and memory; and the eternal childhood question of where beloved characters live when their book is closed are just some of the skeins of this utterly winning book. Read full book review >

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THE DOOR IN THE FOREST by Roderick Townley
ADVENTURE
Released: March 22, 2011

"Perplexing. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Daniel's life in a small town in the middle of nowhere is marred only by the occasional trouble brought on by the fact that he cannot tell a lie—at least until the arrival of a strange girl named Emily and a battered group of soldiers who barge into town claiming only to need food and shelter. Read full book review >

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SKY by Roderick Townley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2004

"But the many jazz and Beat poetry references, often used to set the historical context, ultimately come off as just a listing, rather than helping young readers understand the artists and their work. (Fiction. 12+)"
It's 1959 in New York City, and Alec Schuyler, 15, loves jazz, "from the stride piano of Earl Hines to the latest releases of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk." Read full book review >

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THE CONSTELLATION OF SYLVIE by Roderick Townley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"As clever and captivating as its predecessors, this tale-about-a-tale will please fans of N.E. Bode's The Anybodies (2004) and its ilk. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In this third outing, the fictional but animate characters inhabiting The Great Good Thing (2001) find themselves headed for Jupiter, thanks to a switched dust jacket. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE SHOE by Roderick Townley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Themes of racial prejudice, slavery, revolution and environmentalism swirl through this sometimes dark but ultimately cheerful adventure, illustrated by GrandPré in arresting charcoals and printed in blue ink. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In a story that begins like a fairy tale but ends with explosions, gunfire and villains dissolving into green goo, readers will plumb the depths of both a mighty mountain and the human heart. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"An inspirational yet grueling read that demonstrates the price some paid for patriotism in a different era and another unpopular war."
Grim account of the torture and isolation suffered by U.S. airmen taken prisoner in North Vietnam. Read full book review >

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING MARRIED by Gemma Townley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Chipper Cinderella tale for the modern woman."
Boring Brit remakes herself to snag a hubby and land a fortune. Read full book review >

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WHEN IN ROME... by Gemma Townley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Dopey first outing by Sophie Kinsella's sister."
Top stories in today's news: to meet a hungry world's growing demand for chick-lit plots, scientists have announced the cloning of an embryonic heroine who is cute, fluffy, clueless, and never grows up . . . . Read full book review >

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KINGS OF FORTUNE by Roderick Cheung
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A fast-paced adventure that will excite lovers of anime and comics, but one that trades wider appeal for complex mythology."
In Cheung's novel, a man's boring life is interrupted by a gang of immortal bounty hunters trying to take his soul. Read full book review >