Search Results: "Roland Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

ROLAND by Nelly Stéphane
Released: June 15, 1958

"Little Roland has an extraordinary gift with the crayon. In fact, whatever he draws comes to life. A delightful knock, but at times it gets complicated, for outside of his ability to draw poor little children the gifts they could normally not afford, he also threatens his mother with turning her tidy home into a menagerie of animated creatures. Roland compromises in the end, but not until he and his renders have enjoyed an afternoon of most lively Gallic whimsy.</p>"
<p>There is no doubt about it. Read full book review >

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SMITH by Leon Garfield
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"More Hogarth than Cruikshank, this lacks the gusto of Devil in the Fog (1966) but readers who respond to the author will follow him here."
"Smith. 'unted, 'ounded, 'omeless, and part gin-sodder. Smith. Read full book review >

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WOLF ROLAND by Julia Cunningham
Released: March 12, 1983

"But like other Cunningham stories of medieval travels, orphans, and the like, it has a frozen, sanctimonious quality."
Cunningham's latest medieval allegory concerns Tegonec, who makes his living with his donkey cart, and the talking wolf who materializes by the roadside and devours his donkey, Fanfare. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Hardly definitive, then—but endearingly chatty, much in the spirit of Barthes himself."
This first full biography of Roland Barthes (191580) provides a useful overview of the celebrated literary and cultural critic's career, without taking itself too seriously. Read full book review >

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MAGGIE SMITH by Michael Coveney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"An authoritative and perceptive portrait."
The illustrious career of "a great stage actress in both comedy and tragedy, and an international film star." Read full book review >

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ABOVE by Roland Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Compulsive reading all the way to the end. (Adventure. 12-16)"
In this follow-up companion to Beneath (2015), three white teens who have escaped a cult that lives underground (literally) try to elude recapture and learn what the cult's brilliant and tyrannical leader might be planning. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE by Roland Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Fails to summit. (Adventure. 12-16)"
Only months after an aborted attempt to summit Everest (Peak, 2007), 15-year-old Peak Marcello travels with his mother and a crew of videographers to Afghanistan to participate in an international peace climb.Read full book review >

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STORM RUNNERS:  THE SURGE by Roland Smith
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A high-velocity page-turner, for all that it's only a segment of a larger arc. (Adventure. 11-13)"
Family members separated in a Florida hurricane struggle to get back together, but the waters are rising fast and big cats are on the loose in this sequel to Storm Runners (2011). Read full book review >

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ELEPHANT RUN by Roland Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"An adventure tale that is also a family story—as is Smith's other 2007 title, Peak. (Fiction. 10-13)"
It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for 14-year-old Nick Freestone, as he is sent out of London during the Blitz only to arrive at his father's teak plantation in Burma right before the Japanese invade. Read full book review >

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PEAK by Roland Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2007

"Teachers will want to pair this with Mark Pfetzer's Within Reach: My Everest Story (1998). (Fiction. 12-15)"
Dare-devil mountain-climber Peak Marcello (14), decides to scale the Woolworth Building and lands in jail. Read full book review >

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STORM RUNNERS by Roland Smith
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Since they are left sharing a barn with an elephant who is about to give birth as a vicious escaped leopard roams outside, readers are really going to want to find out what happens next. (Adventure. 11-13)"
Readers will really feel blasts of wind, water and flying debris in this disaster tale—at least until the narrative cuts off in mid-howl. Read full book review >

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INDEPENDENCE HALL by Roland Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"An interactive website is scheduled to launch with the book's release. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old "Q," or Quest, is at a life-changing moment. Read full book review >