Search Results: "Sarah Horne"


BOOK REVIEW

SLEUTH ON SKATES by Clémentine Beauvais
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"A likable and diverting British import. (Mystery. 9-12)"
An appealing girl detective makes her debut in the first of a mystery series. Read full book review >

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THE LONG-LOST SECRET DIARY OF THE WORLD'S WORST KNIGHT by Tim  Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A newly minted knight goes from zero to hero—at least in his own mind. (afterword, glossary, timeline) (Historical farce. 9-11)"
Young squire Roderick is ready for knightly fame—as soon as he finds a sword he can lift, that is, and can rid himself of a tendency to wail when his horse moves. Read full book review >

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GARGOYLES GONE AWOL by Clémentine Beauvais
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2015

"Beauvais' narrative zips breezily along and gets to the end with several moments of laugh-out-loud cleverness—and that's enough to grab readers. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Young Sesame Seade returns for a second round of detective work around and about the colleges of Cambridge University (Sleuth on Skates, 2014), this time aided by friends Toby and Gemma.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCAM ON THE CAM by Clémentine Beauvais
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2016

"Readers who have come this far with the series will find themselves giggling over Sesame's good-natured bossiness and her impressive snooping skills. (Fiction. 7-11)"
That precocious sleuth on roller skates, Sophie "Sesame" Seade, attempts to track down the source of the bug that is making the Cambridge rowing team sick on the eve of its race with Oxford. Read full book review >

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VILE by Mark Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Though not really 'cautionary' in the Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls sense, this does offer some memorable lines ('Even if I haven't picked the right school, I'll have picked the right nostril') and acting out to counter the bland modeling more common in standard manner manuals. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two rival Academies in the town of Beastieville counterintuitively offer either training in good manners for the already-virtuous or a bad-behavior curriculum tailored to students who "pester, pinch, and push, / who sniffle in their snot." Read full book review >

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NANA CRACKS THE CASE! by Kathleen Lane
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"The efforts at postmodern humor à la Scieszka occasionally succeed, but can't compensate for affectless characters and a senseless plot, making it all the more puzzling why separate credit is given for the story's 'concept.' (Fiction. 7-10)"
Prone to seeking out odd jobs and getting fired from them, Nana is hired as a police detective in Crispy County. Read full book review >

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SCOUT AND THE SAUSAGE THIEF by Gill Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A bit silly but good fun. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
Scout, a female German shepherd, is very excited to be trying for her Care in the Community badge at Sausage Dreams Puppy Academy. Read full book review >

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NANA TAKES THE REINS! by Kathleen Lane
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"But in the end they are left with something less sticky than even mind-candy. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Though her daughter thinks she's too old to do anything interesting, Nana takes it into her head to ride a bull when the rodeo comes to Lettuceberg. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LA BELLE FRANCE by Alistair Horne
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2005

"A pleasure for Francophile readers, balancing the recent space of dimwitted screeds against a nation that dares to go its own way, hyperpuissance be damned."
A sweeping, literate history of a nation that the English-speaking powers have found vexatious and puzzling—but certainly never boring. Read full book review >

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SEVEN AGES OF PARIS by Alistair Horne
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"A lively primer of Parisian history, just the right companion for travelers to the city seeking a deeper understanding of the view before them."
A fittingly illuminating history of la ville lumière and of the great men and women who have passed beneath the gates of the French capital. Read full book review >

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HAROLD MACMILLAN by Alistair Horne
Released: March 31, 1989

From British historian Horne (Napoleon, Master of Europe 1805-1807; A Savage War of Peace; etc.), the first volume of a multivolume, definitive biography of the British statesman. Read full book review >