Search Results: "Sara B. Elfgren"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KEY by Sara B. Elfgren
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 14, 2015

"Epic in length if not scale, the closer puts its small-town teen ensemble through the wringer. (castlist) (Fantasy/horror. 13-18)"
The rise of a rival coven spells both complications and loyalty conflicts for the young witches charged with saving the world from a demon invasion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRE by Sara B. Elfgren
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"The fantasy elements remain as murky as they are inessential to a story that is really more about high schoolers poised to emerge from tough adolescences than magic. (Fantasy/horror. 13-18)"
The intricate relationship chess that sets the opener of this teens-vs.-demons import apart really takes over in the projected trilogy's middle volume. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CIRCLE by Sara B. Elfgren
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2013

"Muddled but ambitious, with much to please fans of character-driven fantasy; here's hoping the next two volumes proceed more smoothly. (Fantasy/horror. 13-18)"
Coming into witchy powers and learning to use them responsibly is complicated by intense teen Sturm und Drang in this doorstopper import. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENDURE by Sara B. Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Aspires to paint-by-numbers quest fantasy but falls short even of that. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
This trilogy conclusion sends a girl warrior all over fantasyland, a trail of bodies behind her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IGNITE by Sara B. Larson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Adequate heroic fantasy only for those who must have every girl-with-a-sword. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A girl fighter fights evil in a midseries time filler. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARK BREAKS THE DAWN by Sara B. Larson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 30, 2017

"An appealing if imperfect girl-power fantasy that ably sets the stage for its sequel. (Fantasy. 13-17)"
The tragedy of Swan Lake gets a fantasy reimagining in this fast-paced book for teens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Thorough, up-to-date, sympathetic—though firmly from the professional viewpoint."
Wide-ranging advice from experienced caregivers to those coping with the stunning life changes accompanying spinal cord injury, this lacks the voice and special support that might be given by someone personally affected. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEFY by Sara B. Larson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"It takes more than good guys and bad guys to create an epic adventure; more than heated smooches to portray a resonant romance; and more than acting badass with a sword to be a strong female protagonist. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Disguises, love triangles and magical battles are classic tropes in fantasy for teens, but this debut fails to lift them beyond the tiresome. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RABBIT, THE FOX, AND THE WOLF by Sara
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"That rabbit is taking a terrrible chance; still, the art here is extraordinary and the outcome, at the least, provocative. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another wordless book from the creator of Across Town (1990). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAKE SALE by Sara Varon
by Sara Varon, illustrated by Sara Varon
FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"An offbeat story about the sacrifices made for friends, about the very everydayness of such acts and the pitfalls and pleasures in their wake. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Varon returns with another strange and charming graphic work that touches on the theme of her terrific Robot Dreams (2007), namely: how fine friendship can be, and how surely it leads you down a twisty road of joys and melancholy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUMBER GARDEN by Sara Pinto
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Not for beginning counters, the fine lines and busy compositions will be most enjoyed by preschoolers—and their grown-ups. (Novelty/picture book. 3-5)"
A sweetly goofy companion to The Alphabet Room (2003) uses the same lift-the-flap format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DAY AT THE MARKET by Sara Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Despite some specific signage, the setting is generalized enough to stand in for similar markets almost anywhere, and the kaleidoscopic art nicely captures both the venue's characteristic bustle and its rich sensory experience. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bright, cut-paper-style illustrations compensate for decidedly patchwork rhyming in this affectionate tribute to Seattle's Pike Place Market. Read full book review >