Search Results: "Scott Chantler"


BOOK REVIEW

PIRATES OF THE SILVER COAST by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"This rollicking serial adventure continues to please. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
In their fifth outing, former circus acrobat Dessa and her nonhuman companions take ship for the "dark island" of Astaroth—first with a smuggler and then with a pirate king (who isn't exactly a king). Read full book review >

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THE CAPTIVE PRINCE by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Nary a dull moment, nor even a slow one in this escapade's latest outing. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Three fugitives and a bookish young prince repeatedly rescue one another in the latest episode of this particularly adventuresome graphic-novel series. Read full book review >

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THE KING'S DRAGON by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Just a quick side jaunt in the journey, but it's a diversion that adds further depth to a particularly well-wrought tale. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Chantler puts his ongoing tale of magic, treachery, kidnapping and hot pursuit largely on pause to fill in some back story on the chief pursuer. Read full book review >

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THE SIGN OF THE BLACK ROCK by Scott Chantler
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Readers should start with the first volume to get the characters' back stories, but here's an animated, breathlessly paced adventure that's just hitting its stride. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
A heavy thunderstorm brings a motley trio of fugitive ex-circus performers, their armored pursuers and a band of smugglers together under the roof of a greedy innkeeper in this never-a-dull-moment sequel to Tower of Treasure (2010). Read full book review >

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TOWER OF TREASURE by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Fast paced, cleanly illustrated, great fun. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
In this lively opener to the Three Thieves series, young gymnast Dessa, searching for her kidnapped twin brother, joins two fellow circus performers in an attempted heist, a prison escape and a merry chase through and out of the fortress of Kingsbridge. Read full book review >

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THE DARK ISLAND by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"At best, about half an episode's worth of plot for this otherwise above-average series. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Searching for her missing brother on the flying island of Astaroth, Dessa uncovers evidence of a shadowy conspiracy of grand scope. Read full book review >

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THE IRON HAND by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A well-wrought, well-timed, and satisfying finale to this well-conceived series. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
The headlong chase that began in Tower of Treasure (2010) ends in a climactic whirl of dramatic rescues, heated confrontations, and sudden reversals of fortune. Read full book review >

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PRIMED AND READY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT
by Maya Payne Smart

In The Firebrand and the First Lady, scholar Patricia Bell-Scott illuminates the unlikely friendship between two historic American women. Radical civil and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt corresponded for years and swayed one another’s social justice aims and strategies. Their views never converged, but Bell-Scott makes a compelling case that they grew with and toward ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC PICKLE by Scott Morse
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Diverting and dill-ectable. (Graphic novel. 8-10)"
Different plot, different format, same cast: Running in parallel to published chapter-book episodes such as Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes (2007), this scenario-setter introduces the bulked-up cuke superhero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARTICHOKE BOY by Scott Mickelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Artichoke Boy's joy in artichokes seems more a clinical issue than it is a bit of tomfool fun. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mickelson takes a bold stab at trying to make the artichoke an object of amusement, but as vegetables go, the spiny globe is more strange than humorous. Read full book review >

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TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR by Steve Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1998

"Children will chant and gesture along with this uncomplicated bedtime rhyme. (Board book. 2-3)"
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear ($9.95; Jun. 30; 24 pp.; 0-694-01162-2): This Growing Tree entry has an easy, familiar verse, and Scott makes sure that even the youngest toddler will be able to follow the actions of a boy and his teddy bear as they touch, dance, point, jump, bow, run, and prepare for bed. Read full book review >