Search Results: "Sally Gardner"


BOOK REVIEW

OPERATION BUNNY by Sally Gardner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Now that Emily and her buddies have set up their new store and detective agency, readers looking for chapter books on the long side will look forward to more magical cases. (Fantasy. 7-12)"
Emily, an unloved orphan, finds a new family and occupation when she discovers her true calling. Read full book review >

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MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Despite intentions, this tale never connects past to present, resulting in a book with a message but no resonance. (Speculative fiction. 13 & up)"
Standish Treadwell, 15, has lost parents, neighbors, best friend: All disappeared from Zone Seven, a post-war occupied territory, into the hellish clutches of the Motherland. Now a new horror approaches. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The author adds amusing ink sketches to nearly every page, heightening the appeal for less-practiced readers. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Sudden superpowers create and then solve problems for two children in these breezy imports, re-issued on this side of the water in a single, dos-a-dos volume. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"With generous font, ample white space, and charming pencil drawings on most pages, this is a series young readers can latch onto. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The five dolls from The Countess's Calamity (2003) are back in the second installment of Gardner's series. Read full book review >

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THE SILVER BLADE by Sally Gardner
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A luscious melodrama, rich in sensuous detail from horrific to sublime, with an iridescent overlay of magic. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The thrilling conclusion to the tale begun in The Red Necklace (2008) plunges readers back into the filthy and terrifying streets of Paris in 1794, when a single word can betray one to death by guillotine and no one can be trusted. Read full book review >

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I, CORIANDER by Sally Gardner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Deft and dulcet language, a cast of supporters not the least of whom is Coriander's loving stepsister Hester, and the tie to a grim historical season will hold readers fast. (historical background) (Historical fiction/fantasy. 10-14)"
Coriander is nine when her story begins (15 when it closes), living by London Bridge on the Thames during Cromwell's time. Read full book review >

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MAMA, DON’T GO OUT TONIGHT by Sally Gardner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Imaginative and brimming with lively artwork, this is bound to captivate and soothe anxious readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child frets about her mother leaving for the evening in this quirky, appealing tale. Read full book review >

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THE DOOR THAT LED TO WHERE by Sally Gardner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Liberally peppered with both swears (from both times) and Dickens references, this gritty coming-of-age story is best suited to readers as fundamentally romantic as AJ. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
In Printz honoree Gardner's (Maggot Moon, 2014) time-travel historical mystery, 17-year-old white Londoner AJ Flynn, having passed only one of his qualifying exams, faces a bleak future until he discovers a door to the 1830s and the possibility of a different life in another century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Gardner's heightened prose rarely falters, and teen readers will eat it up. (Fantasy. 12+)"
Although clearly reveling in the trappings of melodrama, Gardner keep tight control over this lush tale of magic, betrayal and Revolution. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Previously published separately in the United Kingdom, the two-in-one flip-book format will definitely attract young American readers. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Down-to-earth Ruby is a total disappointment to her famous magician parents. Read full book review >

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MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Bonus content aplenty, but first-time readers will be better off with either the print or the unadorned e-book version. (afterword, with links and more imbedded video) (Enhanced e-book/science fiction. 12-15)"
Digital distractions—many of them tangential, at best, to the story—have been positively shoveled into this "multi-touch edition" of Britain's 2013 Carnegie Medal winner. Read full book review >

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POLLY’S ABSOLUTELY WORST BIRTHDAY EVER by Frances Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: June 10, 2003

"A rare treat for new readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Polly is turning nine years old and her life, hilariously detailed in her own diary, is just as funny and dramatic as that of her older British cousins, Bridget Jones and Georgia Nicolson. Read full book review >