Search Results: "Sarah Porter"


BOOK REVIEW

LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter
Released: July 4, 2011

"A sudden ending to this slow-paced story will leave readers floundering. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
On her 14th birthday, Luce enters a dark world of mermaids in this foreboding yet ultimately uneventful debut. Read full book review >

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TENTACLE AND WING by Sarah Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An inventive, charming tale with a strange mix of science and fantasy. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Ada Lahey has been carrying a secret all of her life, one her father has helped her to keep: though she appears to be a brown-skinned human, 12-year-old Ada is a chimera with infrared vision, seeing hues that others don't. Read full book review >

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VASSA IN THE NIGHT by Sarah Porter
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An enthralling, magic-tinged read about home, family, love, and belonging. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
Brooklyn is an enchanted kingdom where most aspire to arrive—most of it, that is, the exception being Vassa's working-class neighborhood, where the white teen lives with her stepmother and stepsisters, struggling with the feeling that she does not belong. Read full book review >

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WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW by Sarah Porter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A haunting tale of possession that explores the ghostly landscape of dreams and nightmares—but more importantly, the particular dynamics among siblings, both oppressive and redemptive. (Horror. 14-18)"
Porter (Vassa in the Night, 2016, etc.) presents a ghost story in which the dead wait on the far side of dreams. Read full book review >

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THE TWICE LOST by Sarah Porter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 2, 2013

"In the end, it's really about teen girls just trying to get along and face growing up in a sometimes-hostile world but with the extra burden of being mermaids—making it altogether too similar to so much that's already on the market. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The final installment of the Lost Voices trilogy continues to drown readers with sluggish details. Read full book review >

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WAKING STORMS by Sarah Porter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2012

"These efforts are foiled by a surreal island encounter with unexplained, strange voices and a rushed ending that sets up another conflict—and another sequel. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The slow ebb and flow of Luce's mermaid world in Lost Voices (2011) resumes in this equally sluggish sequel. Read full book review >

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THE RISE AND FALL OF OSCAR THE MAGICIAN by Matthew Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine first caper for budding fans of mystery, monkeys, or magic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who will be the Magician of the Year? Will honesty or treachery win the day? Read full book review >

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FOX ON THE LOOSE! by Matthew Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Here's hoping Porter gets paired up with a writer equal to his visual talents. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A fox is stymied in his nocturnal prowling by a bevy of noisy barnyard animals. Read full book review >

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TAILS CHASING TAILS by Matthew Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"A delightful and playful romp worthy of an enthusiastic following. (Board book. 1-3)"
In this circular tale (or tail?), readers are encouraged to guess which animal is being chased off the page. Read full book review >

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I'LL BE WATCHING by Pamela Porter
CLASSICS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Strongly felt, if overstuffed, family drama. (Historical fiction/verse. 12-16)"
Kindness ultimately prevails, but not before hard times and ugly parochialism have their ways with several small-town residents, particularly three orphaned and then abandoned children. Read full book review >

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BILLY CREEKMORE by Tracey Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Learning what makes life worth living and how to cope during a time when child labor seemed to be expected gives this historical narrative impact and charm. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Billy's voice is distinct and engaging as he relates his story of being left as an orphan at the Guardian Angel Home for Boys, even though he gets postcards from his father regularly. Read full book review >