Search Results: "Stephanie Spinner"


BOOK REVIEW

SPINNER by Michael J. Bowler
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"An overstuffed horror story, but one that will both warm the heart and chill the spine."
Bowler's (And the Children Shall Lead, 2014, etc.) YA novel pits brave, resourceful special needs teenagers against a whole shelf's worth of supernatural scares. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEPHANIE by Winston Graham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1993

"Not much real mystery or detection here, but plenty of surprises from old pro Graham (Ross Poldark, etc., etc.)."
Vacationing in India with her married lover Errol Colton, Stephanie Locke accidentally discovers his connection with the drug trade and returns home uncertain about what to do—and, on the evidence, still undecided at the time of her death of a barbiturate overdose shortly thereafter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUIVER by Stephanie Spinner
FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Brutal in spots, but lighter than the psychodramas Donna Jo Napoli and others are fond of crafting from the old tales. (afterword) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Spinner (Expiration Date: Never, 2001, etc.) hops aboard the mythological bandwagon, turning the tale of Atalanta into a teenager's coming-of-age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Readers in search of Arthurian retellings will be better served by those of Gerald Morris or Nancy Springer. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Damosel is the Lady of the Lake, who knows the Rules chapter and verse (The Rule of Unwavering Politesse, A Lady Always Keeps her Promises, etc.) and follows them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUICKSILVER by Stephanie Spinner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2005

"It's good to be a god. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Having given the tale of Atalanta a contemporary voice in Quiver (2002), Spinner proceeds to do the same for several other myths, by viewing them through the eyes of Hermes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAM SPINNER by Joanne Hoppe
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Unfortunately, though, it's undermined by Mary's overblown unhappiness: she may have problems, but readers won't be convinced of her need to escape, and she sounds unduly whiny from the start. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Unable to accustom herself to a batch of changes—a new stepmother-to-be and her son; new home; new school—Mary begins to time-travel through her dreams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Where's Stephanie? by Lenora Livingston
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Effective drama about the tenacity of family love."
A debut novella about a grandmother's hope to be reunited with her granddaughter, who was given up for adoption. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTCRACKER by Stephanie Spinner
adapted by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Peter Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"A full-page author's note gives a brief performance history of the ballet, and a fully orchestrated CD of the complete ballet is included. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children preparing to attend a holiday performance of The Nutcracker will find this a helpful introduction to the beloved ballet. Read full book review >

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EXPIRATION DATE: NEVER by Stephanie Spinner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2001

"Though not a sequel that stands on its own, this will have readers rocking with laughter and rolling in the aisles. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Twins Tod and Tessa face double trouble in a sidesplitting follow-up to Be First in the Universe (2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT’S A MIRACLE! by Stephanie Spinner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Delightfully funny and touching. (afterword, blessings, glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spinner's stories are of the inventive bedtime variety about family, as told by six-and-half-year-old Owen Block's grandmother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHADOW SPINNER by Susan Fletcher
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Despite the licenses Fletcher takes with the story of Shahrazad, the novel may entice readers into the pages of Richard Burton's far richer work; they will appreciate the power of storytelling—that it may expand the soul of even the most hardened listener. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A young girl, Marjan, rescues the fabled Shahrazad from the Sultan's wrath in this exciting and thought-provoking novel from Fletcher (Flight of the Dragon Kyn, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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ALEX THE PARROT by Stephanie Spinner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Bird lovers will be charmed. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Irene Pepperberg's African gray parrot learned to speak and understand English so well he changed both public and scientific beliefs about animal communication and cognition. Read full book review >