Search Results: "Shannon Hale"


BOOK REVIEW

SHANNON by Frank Delaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"A well-crafted, satisfying work of historical fiction, as are all of Delaney's novels; respectful of the facts while not cowed by them, and full of life."
A rousing tale of forbidden love, civil war, horrible death and other things Irish. Read full book review >

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SHANNON MILLER by Claudia Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"As an Olympic gymnast, Shannon Miller had the eyes of the world on her, but this overly technical treatment won—t put her on the bestseller podium where fellow gymnast Dominique Moceanu once stood. (8 color, 42 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A proud and devoted mother's overdone portrait of her celebrated gymnast daughter's trials and triumphs. Read full book review >

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FOREST BORN by Shannon Hale
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"One doesn't need to have read the earlier books to become enraptured by this one, but doing so adds to the richness of these very satisfying tales. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Hale, like her readers, has clearly been enchanted with the characters she brought forth in her Books of Bayern (The Goose Girl, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"Mindless froth that Austen addicts will love."
Yet another player in the literary parlor game of re-writing Jane Austen. Read full book review >

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RIVER SECRETS by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Her language glimmers like firelight, like sunshine on water as she propels readers along a river of wonderful writing to the tumultuous and heart-tugging climax. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A character from Goose Girl (2003) and Enna Burning (2004) takes center stage in this marvelous continuation. Read full book review >

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THE FORGOTTEN SISTERS by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"A laudable conclusion to a popular series. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Miri, as spunky and smart as ever, returns in the final book of the award-winning Princess Academy trilogy. Read full book review >

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PALACE OF STONE by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Miri's story comes to a satisfying end; readers who have been waiting since 2005 will find their patience well rewarded. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Miri leaves her mountain of linder stone for another year of study and finds ethics and rhetoric to be powerful tools in the making of a revolution. Read full book review >

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THE ACTOR AND THE HOUSEWIFE by Shannon Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Hale's prose is friendly and funny, but she doesn't bring her premise to life."
Mormon housewife meets British heartthrob, and the two become best friends. Disbelief is duly suspended. Read full book review >

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SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite a rough start, Doreen's story offers a heroine it's easy to go nuts over. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade origin story for Squirrel Girl, one of Marvel Comics' wackiest superheroes. Read full book review >

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DANGEROUS by Shannon Hale
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2014

"A change of pace that largely succeeds, showing that Hale's range is wider than her readers might have expected. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Fairy-tale-telling Hale tackles straight-up science fiction in a tale seemingly tailor-made to forestall complaints about lovelorn teen heroines and all-white casts of characters. Read full book review >

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THE UNFAIREST OF THEM ALL by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A delicious, pink-and-purple-frosted existential cupcake. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Having failed to go poof when she refused to sign the Storybook of Legends on Legacy Day, Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen, must now face the consequences. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The climax involving evil brigands is a bit forced, but everything else is an unalloyed joy. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
There are many pleasures to this satisfying tale: a precise lyricism to the language ("The world was as dark as eyes closed" or "Miri's laugh is a tune you love to whistle") and a rhythm to the story that takes its tropes from many places, but its heart from ours. Read full book review >