Search Results: "Rodman Philbrick"


BOOK REVIEW

ZANE AND THE HURRICANE by Rodman Philbrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"This compelling story of Katrina is like the floodwaters it describes: quickly moving, sometimes treacherous and sometimes forgiving, with a lot going on beneath the surface. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
An appropriately serious and occasionally gruesome tale of surviving Hurricane Katina, buoyed by large doses of hope and humor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Despite the overall comic tone, Philbrick makes serious points about the evil of slavery, the horrors of war, inexplicable bravery, ethical decision-making and the need to move forward in one's life. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Shortly after this lively comic yarn opens, Homer, a half-starved orphan boy who lives in rural Maine with his mean-spirited uncle and 17-year-old brother Harold, helplessly watches as Harold is sworn into the Union Army. Read full book review >

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THE BIG DARK by Rodman Philbrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Readers who get past the sketchy science will find a riveting, credible, and even inspiring vision of life just after the apocalypse. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
When a solar flare knocks out all technology, residents of an isolated New Hampshire town must figure out how to survive. Read full book review >

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MAX THE MIGHTY by Rodman Philbrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Despite Max's certainty that happy endings don't happen, everything is tied up satisfyingly at the end. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this sequel to Freak the Mighty (1993), Max, the freakishly gigantic child, comes to the rescue of Rachel, called Worm because of her devotion to books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREAK THE MIGHTY by Rodman Philbrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Easily read but compelling: an intriguing and unusual story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
``The unvanquished truth'' concerning the extraordinary friendship between Kevin (``Freak''), a brilliant 12-year-old whose birth defect prevents growth, and gigantic Max, who recognizes in his new two-foot-tall neighbor the feisty kid with crutches he knew in daycare years ago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO KILLED DARIUS DRAKE? by Rodman Philbrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart and worthy mystery. (Mystery. 9-12)"
In a typical Philbrick (The Big Dark, 2016, etc.) combination of humor and insight, two kids become unlikely partners in detection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REM WORLD by Rodman Philbrick
Released: May 1, 2000

"Look for more engaging aliens in books like Annette Curtis Klause's Alien Secrets and a far more memorable fat kid in Kimberly Willis Holt's When Zachary Beaver Came To Town (1999). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Preachy, predictable tale of an overweight lad who saves the universe while gaining self-esteem—a large step back from Philbrick's Freak the Mighty (1993). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRE PONY by Rodman Philbrick
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Crisply eventful, pungent in its descriptions, crackling with action, Philbrick (Freak the Mighty, 1993) has created a real dilly of a novel. (Fiction. 9-13)"
True to its name, the Bar None ranch offers a haven to a pair of drifters: an 11-year-old orphan, Roy, ``rescued'' from a foster home, and his loyal, hot-headed half-brother, Joe Dilly. Read full book review >

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THE YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA by Rodman Philbrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Readers will be hooked. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This beautifully told, plainspoken Maine tale is about much more than a boy and his determination to catch a fish. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE by Rodman Philbrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Philbrick, author of Freak the Mighty (1993) has again created a compelling set of characters that engage the reader with their courage and kindness in a painful world that offers hope, if no happy endings. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this riveting futuristic novel, Spaz, a teenage boy with epilepsy, makes a dangerous journey in the company of an old man and a young boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"A rare blend of history, heroics, and gut-gripping emotion."
The harrowing survival tale that garnered Philbrick a National Book Award (In the Heart of the Sea, 2000) seems almost a tune-up for this saga of wind and wave. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHY READ <i>MOBY-DICK</i>? by Nathaniel Philbrick
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"On that front, mission accomplished: Philbrick is an enthusiastic salesman for a sometimes daunting novel."
A slim celebration of the elements of a literary masterpiece—and its moody, obsessive author. Read full book review >