Search Results: "Scott Fischer"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS ANONYMOUS by Richard Michelson
POETRY
Released: July 8, 2008

"Adults who work with and love teens for what they are will enjoy this volume, but the target teen audience might not appreciate it as much. (Poetry. 14 & up)"
Teenagers are animals, this author/illustrator team cleverly indicate. Read full book review >

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THE COPPER GAUNTLET by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Both a successful addition to the middle-grade magic school genre and a satisfying sequel. (Fantasy. 9-13) "
Book 2 in the middle-grade Magisterium fantasy series delves deeper into its protagonist's connection with the Enemy of Death. Read full book review >

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PETER PAN IN SCARLET by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2006

"Silhouette illustrations à la Arthur Rackham's for Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) not seen. (Q & A) (Fantasy. 11-13, adult)"
In the year's most hyped title for young readers, the much-honored McCaughrean delivers an "authorized" sequel that stays true to the original's style and spirit but speaks to modern sensibilities as well. Read full book review >

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THE BRONZE KEY by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Only unevenly entertaining and suffering from middle-book syndrome. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Book 3 in the Magisterium series continues the escapades of 14-year-olds Call, Tamara, and Aaron as they pursue their Bronze Year studies at the Magisterium. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWINKLE by Scott M. Fischer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"A natural for budding astronauts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
For his dos-a-dos debut volume, Fischer starts two parallel plot lines at opposite ends that meet in a big foldout scene in the middle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWINKLE by Scott M. Fischer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"A natural for budding astronauts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
For his dos-a-dos debut volume, Fischer starts two parallel plot lines at opposite ends that meet in a big foldout scene in the middle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOTTIE PARIS AND THE BEST PLACE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Bound to be a favorite for storytimes, classroom sharing and pre-library visits. After all, libraries are the best place. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Librarians get out your order pads; this picture-book homage to libraries is a charmer. Read full book review >

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LOTTIE PARIS LIVES HERE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"The final spread shows the small family's love: Lottie in Papa Pete's lap on the porch swing, eyes closed, smiling, cuddling her little dog on her lap. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sure, she lives here, but she also plays, pretends and occasionally gets in trouble in this lively story about a young African-American girl and her Papa Pete. Read full book review >

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MONSTERS ON THE MARCH by Derek Taylor Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"A joke that is on its way to wearing thin. (website) (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A new semester of "learning, horror, and mayhem" at a school where all the faculty and half of the students are monsters, the narrator is a ghost and the Locker of Infinite Oblivion is just one of the dark fates awaiting incautious passersby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCARY SCHOOL by Derek Taylor Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2011

"Familiar light fare for fans of the Wayside and Bailey School series, the Zack Files, Ghostville Elementary, etc., etc. (Funny horror. 8-11)"
Kent takes school integration to a new level with breezy tales of "learning, horror, and mayhem" at a grade school attended by a mix of humans and monsters. Read full book review >

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THE NORTHERN FRIGHTS by Derek the Ghost
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Another lightweight creature feature, with a teeming supporting cast of ookie-spookies. (Comic horror. 8-11)"
Six more-or-less-human Scary School students try their luck at frozen, all-monster Scream Academy ("Be judicious or be delicious") as part of an exchange program. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OFF THE PAGE by Jodi Picoult
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"Though it lacks the depth of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series, the story is at its best when it's taken as a metafictive exploration of the relationship between a reader and a beloved book. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
What happens when a happily-ever-after is no longer guaranteed? Read full book review >