Search Results: "Rowan Jacobsen"


BOOK REVIEW

ROWAN by Robin McKinley
by Robin McKinley, illustrated by Donna Ruff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"The realistic events are unexceptional, but McKinley recounts them with grace; meanwhile, in her picture book debut, Ruff nicely conveys the child's tender concern and the dog's gradually renewed liveliness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pleasant book describing how the young narrator looks for an appropriate breed ("Irish wolfhounds were big and gentle. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Intelligent, important assessment of a confusing phenomenon and its potentially catastrophic implications."
Culinary writer Jacobsen (A Geography of Oysters, 2007, etc.) takes a laid-back yet terrifying look at the conundrum of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has devastated honeybees. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Savory information presented on a stylish plate."
A locavore and James Beard Award-winning food writer adapts the French wine-growing concept of terroir, "the taste of place," to champion a variety of foods from the Western hemisphere. Read full book review >

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THE LIVING SHORE by Rowan Jacobsen
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Lovely science writing, and a smart look into where the work of ecological restoration is headed. For oyster-eating and other specifics, see the author's James Beard award winner, A Geography of Oysters (2007)."
Jacobsen (Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis, 2008, etc.) presents a science-rich yet lambent investigation into the fate of the Olympia oyster. Read full book review >

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THE ESSENTIAL OYSTER by Rowan Jacobsen
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Jacobsen may leave noncoastal readers drooling with jealousy, but vicarious oyster slurping is better than none."
This verbally and visually succulent book covers 99 types of oysters, most from the shores of North America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A pleasant trifle. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The legendary archer inspires a worthy daughter in a lightweight fantasy. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Even though not all of the storylines are fully realized, readers of the earlier titles will be satisfied. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Rowan, daughter of the woodwife Celandine and Robin Hood, vows to avenge her mother's death by slaying the four knights who burned her cottage and her within it. Read full book review >

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ROWAN AND THE ZEBAK by Emily Rodda
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2002

"Solid. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the fourth in this fantasy series by Australian Rodda (Rodda and the Keeper of the Crystal, p. 50, etc.), Rowan follows the patterns set forth in previous titles. Read full book review >

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ROWAN AND THE TRAVELERS by Emily Rodda
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The storytelling may be patchy (thanks to plenty of heavy hints, readers will have solved the riddle long before Rowan), but this Australian series shows signs of heading in promising directions. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A second mysterious threat to his isolated village prompts the humble herd boy introduced in Rowan of Rin (not reviewed) to prove again that a weak body can hide a hero's heart. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUND OF ROWAN by Henry H. Neff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Though the scenery feels familiar, the book will connect with its audience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Max McDaniels has a peculiar run-in with an ancient Celtic tapestry, it's not long before he receives a letter of invitation to the mysterious Rowan Academy. Read full book review >

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ROWAN AND THE ICE CREEPERS by Emily Rodda
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Disappointing. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Rodda's usually absorbing series about a humble animal tender who repeatedly saves his isolated people loses some steam in this new episode. Read full book review >