Search Results: "Shannon Hale"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 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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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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CALAMITY JACK by Shannon Hale
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Readers will relish this gleeful mix of fairy tale, adventure and romance. (Graphic fiction. 9 & up)"
Jack (of Beanstalk fame) is back in this companion to Rapunzel's Revenge (2008). Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE PERFECT PRINCESS PARTY by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A chuckle-inducing, entirely worthy stand-alone follow-up to the terrific The Princess in Black (2014). (Fantasy. 5-7)"
Princess Magnolia's perfect birthday party's threatened by constant monster alarms, summoning her secret identity again and again. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS IN BLACK by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out? (Fantasy. 5-8)"
Perfect Princess Magnolia has a secret—her alter ego is the Princess in Black, a superhero figure who protects the kingdom! Read full book review >

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REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A painful and painfully recognizable tale of one girl's struggle to make and keep 'one good friend.' (author's note) (Graphic memoir. 8-12)"
A truth-telling graphic memoir whose theme song could be Johnny Lee's old country song "Lookin' for Love in all the Wrong Places." 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >