Search Results: "Sarah L. Thomson"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THOMAS JEFFERSON by Jon Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Choosing to cover every aspect of Jefferson's life without exploring any particular part in depth makes this an engaging, informative introduction but does not make it stand out among many others that do the same. (extensive backmatter, not seen for review) (Biography. 10-16)"
In this adaptation for young readers of his Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012), Meacham overviews Jefferson's life, times and ideas.Read full book review >

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SABER-TOOTHED CAT by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A good introduction to both saber-toothed cats and paleontology. (Informational early reader. 6-9)"
The Ancient Animals series continues with a look at what's known about the saber-toothed cats that lived thousands of years ago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BLUE STONE by Jimmy Liao
by Jimmy Liao, illustrated by Jimmy Liao, adapted by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"An effective allegory for any person who has ever longed for home, however they choose to define it, although perhaps too remote in its metaphor for many children. (Picture book. 5-10)"
From the artist who brought us The Sound of Colors (2006) comes a book by turns haunting and beautiful. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SOUND OF COLORS by Jimmy Liao
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Left unfinished, her journey offers a hint of what it must mean to cope with the darkness. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A girl addresses the reader calmly: "A year ago I began to notice that my sight was slipping away." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIGERS by Sarah L. Thomson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"This well-written volume will be useful for beginning research reports as well as for early reading practice. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Majestic tigers with glowing eyes "burning bright" are the focus of this early reader, part of the respected I Can Read series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO PROBLEM! by Ken Watanabe
NONFICTION
Released: June 8, 2010

"Smith's cartoonish illustrations and the splashy colors aren't enough to make young readers want to wade through all of the tips, grids and strategies. (Self-help. 10 & up)"
It's good CEOs are around to offer advice on problem solving. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >