Search Results: "Stephen Hawking"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"This will sell."
Superstar physicist Hawking—whose A Brief History of Time (1988) is ensconsed in the Guinness Book of Records for having had the longest bestseller-run in English-language history—returns with 11 essays and one interview, covering matters autobiographical, scientific, and philosophical. Read full book review >

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MY BRIEF HISTORY by Stephen Hawking
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Hawking's candid explanation of how his ideas about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes have evolved ends with intriguing hints on the current direction of his thinking."
Hawking (co-author: The Grand Design, 2010 etc.) briefly examines his life and his well-earned celebrity status—"partly because scientists, apart from Einstein, are not widely known rock stars, and partly because I fit the stereotype of a disabled genius." Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Stephen Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Star-quality co-authors will (as with the previous episodes) ensure good sales, but the broad gap between the ingenuous storyline and challenging informational content will frustrate some young readers and bore the rest. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and his impulsive friend Annie, both white, take more trips into space to save the Earth from a madman with a supercomputer. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND THE BIG BANG by Lucy Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Labored and wrapped in a thin film of artificial drama as it is, this set of mind-expanding if scattershot exposures to some of science's biggest theories and ideas will once again find a large audience thanks more to its celebrity co-author than its content. (Science fiction/informational hybrid. 10-12)"
Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings' third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, "life, the Universe, and everything." Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND THE BLUE MOON  by Stephen Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Will likely sell well, as usual—but also as usual, the essays and the storyline are aimed at different audiences. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and Annie again tackle "crazy squillionaire" Alioth Merak as the megalomaniac takes another stab at dominating the world (and beyond). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Illustrated with line drawings or star photos on nearly every page and with a 100,000-copy first printing, it's likely to sell well—but like many crossovers, it doesn't show much respect for its target audience. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
George's key—unsurprisingly—turns out to be a knowledge of physics, as the young protagonist of this blend of science fact and fiction proclaims after various adventures in space, in school, with a gang of bullies and an evil mad scientist. Read full book review >

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THEY FOUND LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond

Cover Story: The Heart of the City 
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: Too Close for Comfort
Bonus Factors:
 Illustrations, Music
Anti-Bonus Factor: Internet Trolls
Relationship Status: It's Not You, It's Me

 

Cover Story: The Heart of the City

Seeing as the cover ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE TUG by Stephen  Savage
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Though this cute-but-mighty tug's strengths are oddly undercut by the syrupy gear-switch at the end, the bright, attractive pictures will appeal to boat-loving toddlers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Graphically spiffy and textually brief, this exploration of an anthropomorphic harbor tugboat's working role tacks on a maudlin shtick in the final quarter. Read full book review >

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MY LITTLE RED FIRE TRUCK by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Although it's tougher than the average pop-up, the book's removable pieces are something to watch out for, but this engine's just too fabulous to pass by. (Informational pop-up. 3-6)"
Little only in comparison to the real thing, this unusually sturdy interactive book features thick cardboard pages held together with a cloth-reinforced tape binding that should last. Read full book review >

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SALLY’S SNOW ADVENTURE by Stephen Huneck
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The innocent tone of the uncomplicated story is well-matched to Huneck's distinctive woodcuts, showing Sally and friends in striking contrast against the wooden floor of the lodge or cavorting on the snowy mountainside. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Huneck offers another drolly humorous story in his series about Sally, the black Labrador, who this time visits a "dog-friendly lodge" in a wintry mountain setting. Read full book review >

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TOAD ON THE ROAD by Stephen Shaskan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A catchy, cautionary tale. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Little toads should never play in the road! Read full book review >

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27 SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR BOOKS TO READ IN SEPTEMBER
by John DeNardo

Is your bookshelf feeling lonely? Here are 27 titles that will make it happy again! This month's batch of tantalizing science fiction and fantasy includes stories about guilt-ridden robots, witches, magic hair, designer drugs, time travel and cloud cities.

Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham

Brad Abraham serves up a cocktail of magic and intrigue in this fast-paced debut. Twenty-something ...


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