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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SHRUNKEN TREASURES by Scott Nash
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Children won't get the jokes; adult readers won't laugh at them. (closing notes) (Satire. 10-12, adult)"
With his "Versizer," a literary shrink ray, Nash condenses works of Homer, Shakespeare, Proust, and six other classic authors into illustrated light verse. Read full book review >