Search Results: "Siobhan Kelly"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CURSE OF THE PHARAOH by Steve Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"A lively and auspicious beginning. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Agatha Mistery journeys to Egypt's Valley of the Kings with her cousin, Dash, her butler, Chandler, her cat, Watson, and a handy petrifying cactus to find a stolen artifact. Read full book review >

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CRUMBLE! CRUMBLE! by Siobhan Dodds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The simple narrative and repetitive text can't be said to possess incantatory qualities, but they do convey an instant familiarity, warmth, and mellow humor, as do Dodds's (Grandpa Bud, 1993) earth-toned, cartoon illustrations. (Picture book. 1-4)"
This sturdy book designed for toddlers comes with an equally sturdy story about a young kangaroo that skips the most important meal of the day and is haunted by the absence of food in her belly. Read full book review >

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THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY by Siobhan Dowd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"The message, grippingly delivered, is that kids, even differently abled ones, are worth paying attention to. (Fiction. 9-14)"
When Ted's cousin Salim visits London, he insists on riding "The London Eye," an immense observation wheel. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD by Siobhan Vivian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 26, 2016

"The almost-dystopian setting of post-flood Aberdeen makes a beautifully surreal setting, even if Keeley's journey can't quite carry the narrative. (Fiction. 13-16)"
When disaster strikes a working-class town, the class clown learns her coping mechanisms don't help anyone. Read full book review >

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A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE by Siobhan Vivian
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"Vivian is clearly an author to watch. (Fiction. YA)"
Ruby's 16th-birthday party is interrupted by the arrival of her father whom she hasn't seen in years. Read full book review >

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A SWIFT PURE CRY by Siobhan Dowd
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 13, 2007

"Told through flowing eloquent prose, with strong Joycean influences, this engrossing and haunting tale will not let the reader go. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Shell Talent's life has been spiraling downward. Read full book review >

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THE BARTER by Siobhan Adcock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"A tale of troubled souls far too easily resolved."
A ghost, hungry for a love she was too proud to seize, haunts a young mother. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2002

"Warm and engaging: a piquant slice of a colorful life."
Swinging from tales of war zones to reminiscences of the men she met in them, former CNN reporter Darrow takes the reader on a 20-year trip through Russia and assorted hot spots around the globe. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA BUD by Siobhan Dodds
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"The engaging cartoon-style illustrations are just right. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Polly is coming for the night, and (she confides by phone) she's hoping Grandpa Bud will bake her favorite cake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 2012

"The issue is seldom front and center in books for teens, but Vivian refuses to falsify or avoid the uncomfortable realities that looks alone confer status, and their power is greatest when obscured by the pretense that 'looks don't matter.' (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This riveting exploration of physical appearance and the status it confers opens a cultural conversation that's needed to happen for a long time. Read full book review >

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SOLACE OF THE ROAD by Siobhan Dowd
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A last gift from Dowd. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Holly, a 15-year-old ward of the state, is placed with foster parents who, though they try very hard, can't break through the barrier she has constructed around herself, mostly to forget her early life with her uninterested mother. Read full book review >