Search Results: "Sarah L. Thomson"


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DEADLY WISH by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Jam-packed with thrilling action and hurtling plot twists—readers may forget to breathe. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
In the face of mounting challenges, a ninja is torn between her mission as guardian of a magical pearl and loyalty to her friends. Read full book review >

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THE EUREKA KEY by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Unfortunately, this series opener feels far more formulaic than fresh. (Adventure. 9-12)"
After winning a puzzle contest, three young people find themselves in the middle of a dangerous treasure hunt for hidden national artifacts. Read full book review >

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DEADLY FLOWERS by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Edge-of-your-seat action that will have both girls and boys rooting for the girl ninjas. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
A girl's first mission as a ninja is complicated by a pair of young siblings and dangerous Japanese spirits. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF THE ROSE by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"While the historical aspects are clear and not trifled with (she does get to meet Will Shakespeare), it is Rosalind's story that compels. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Rosalind and her younger brother Robin are the children of a wool merchant, turned out of their comfortable home when their secretly Catholic father is imprisoned. Read full book review >

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MERCY by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"With varying degrees of success as a ghost story, vampire mystery and family drama, this story is solid but unremarkable. (historical note) (Paranormal mystery. 11-17) "
Paranormal mystery meets family drama in a fictionalized, modernized exploration of a historical suspected vampire tragedy. Read full book review >

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THE MANNY by Sarah L. Thomson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"First class. (Fiction. 13-15)"
What's a great way for a high school boy to meet girls and make good money over the summer? Read full book review >

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THE EAGLE'S QUILL by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Chock full of trivia, puzzles, and nail-biting adventure. (Mystery. 8-12)"
After successfully recovering one of seven artifacts hidden around the United States by the Founders, three young adventurers travel to Glacier National Park to find the second, following series opener The Eureka Key (2016). Read full book review >

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AMAZING GORILLAS! by Sarah L. Thomson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"An author's note provides additional information about the Wildlife Conservation Society and their work with gorillas. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Dramatic, high-quality photographs and a concise and thoughtful text combine successfully in this mid-level nonfiction easy reader on a topic that fascinates many children. Read full book review >

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DRAGON’S EGG by Sarah L. Thomson
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Mella's spunk, Roger's real identity and descriptive scenes lend character to the usual fantasy elements, with the egg hatching its own individuality. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Tales of girls challenging dragons are plentiful, but two things set this one apart: It's intended for a middle-grade audience and the dragons are small, domesticated animals, and, much like farm hens, prized for their eggs. Read full book review >

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AMAZING DOLPHINS! by Sarah L. Thomson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Although this volume is part of an easy reader series, it will also serve well as an informational source for reports or science studies. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Thomson offers another of her well-written nonfiction easy readers in the I Can Read series, this time exploring the perennially popular topic of dolphins. Read full book review >

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AMAZING SNAKES! by Sarah L. Thomson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Still, this easy reader provides an engrossing introduction to a perennially fascinating subject. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
Here's a way for emergent readers to get closer to snakes—much, much closer. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON’S SON by Sarah L. Thomson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Vivid, sophisticated, but deeply, needlessly depressing. (Fiction. YA)"
First-novelist Thomson gives the legend of King Arthur a plausible historical setting in sixth-century Britain, but strips it of chivalry, magic, and romance. Read full book review >