Search Results: "Sally J.K. Davies"


BOOK REVIEW

WHY DID WE HAVE TO MOVE HERE? by Sally J.K. Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 1997

"It's a book that makes the solution to the trauma of moving one of divine intervention rather than children's own resources—no wonder so many of them rue moving day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Davies adds nothing to the literature of displacement: William has just relocated to a new neighborhood and he's agitated—he must share a room with his brother, he can't find his belongings, his new school is an alien nation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

The Harry Potter epic (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, p. 888, etc.) continues to gather speed as Harry enters his third year at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry and does battle with the traitor behind his parents' deaths. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAMS IN A BOTTLE by J.K. Liner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A family history, lovingly told."
The story of a family's start in America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS by J.K. Rowling
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 1999

"Readers will be irresistibly drawn into Harry's world by GrandPre's comic illustrations and Rowling's expert combination of broad boarding school farce and high fantasy. (Fiction. 11-14)"
This sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1998) brings back the doughty young wizard-in-training to face suspicious adults, hostile classmates, fretful ghosts, rambunctious spells, giant spiders, and even an avatar of Lord Voldemort, the evil sorcerer who killed his parents, while saving the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from a deadly, mysterious menace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Demons & Angels by J.K. Norry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Takes time to find its footing, but a promising start for a sure-to-be epic tale of combative worlds."
After surviving a serious injury, a man soon realizes that he not only sees and hears demons, but feels destined to hunt and kill them in this series-opening supernatural debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 8, 2000

"Still, opening with a thrilling quidditch match, and closing with another wizardly competition that is also exciting, for very different reasons, this sits at the center of Rowling's projected seven volume saga and makes a sturdy, heartstopping (doorstopping) fulcrum for it. (Fiction. All ages)"
As the bells and whistles of the greatest prepublication hoopla in children's book history fade, what's left in the clearing smoke is—unsurprisingly, considering Rowling's track record—another grand tale of magic and mystery, of wheels within wheels oiled in equal measure by terror and comedy, featuring an engaging young hero-in-training who's not above the occasional snit, and clicking along so smoothly that it seems shorter than it is. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's slanted toward action-oriented readers, who will find that Briticisms meld with all the other wonders of magic school. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a rousing first novel, already an award-winner in England, Harry is just a baby when his magical parents are done in by Voldemort, a wizard so dastardly other wizards are scared to mention his name. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUNIOR HERO BLUES by J.K. Pendragon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2016

"Readers will find themselves rooting for this canny hero to get the guy and save the day. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Being a superhero isn't easy, especially when you also have homework, college applications, and parents who worry when you are out past curfew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRACKING TERRA by J.K. Scott
Released: Jan. 5, 2011

"A transcendent sci-fi beach read."
In the second installment of Scott's (Shades of Truth, 2007) sci-fi trilogy, an undercover guardian of the human race dodges bullets in Arizona and Peru and passes through dimensional gates of space-time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CASUAL VACANCY by J.K. Rowling
Released: Sept. 27, 2012

"A departure and a revelation, though the story is dark and doesn't offer much in the way of redemption (or, for that matter, much in the way of laughs). Still, this Rowling person may have a career as a writer before her."
Harry Potter's mommy has a potty mouth. Read full book review >