Search Results: "Steve Alton"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRE HILLS by Steve Alton
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Purchase where the first title is popular. (Fantasy. 12 )"
Wiccan lore and Celtic legend intertwine to drive this follow-up to The Malifex (2002). Read full book review >

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THE MALIFEX by Steve Alton
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"An interesting counterpoint to the many fantasies with a more Judeo-Christian take on the battle between good and evil. (Fiction. YA)"
The standard fantasy adventure gets an intriguing twist when told from a Wiccan perspective in Alton's debut. Read full book review >

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BLOOD AND GOO AND BOOGERS TOO! by Steve Alton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Awesome. (Informational pop-up. 5-10)"
You just know a book with an ooey-gooey touch-and-feel booger on the cover has got to be good, and this gleefully gross pop-up doesn't disappoint. Read full book review >

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LOVE, AVA by Alton Rivers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Sweet longings and patriotism do not a satisfying novel make."
A romantic fantasy about a troubled Air Force pilot and an aging Ava Gardner never gets off the ground due to wooden characters and dialogue. Read full book review >

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UTAH'S BLACK HAWK WAR by John Alton Peterson
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 1999

"Although it is a lightly revised doctoral dissertation, Peterson's book is accessible to—and highly recommended for—all readers with an interest in western history."
A first-rate investigation into a little-known episode of the Indian Wars. Read full book review >

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JUSTICE FAILED by Alton  Logan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A terrible personal case that brings general conditions into cruelly sharp focus."
A shocking tale of wrongful conviction and an argument for "a more responsive, sensitive, humane, and just legal system." Read full book review >

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THE WITCHES OF WORM by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Sept. 8, 1972

"There's some danger that adults will be as spooked by Jessica as she is by Worm's evil eye, but the cat's bewitchment proves a perfect medium for a sensitive, sympathetic probing of a disturbed child's fears and anger — and for a story that economically, seemingly effortlessly, captures the elusive eeriness of the supernatural."
Worm, the skinny gray crocodile-eyed cat, must be possessed by a demon; what else, Jessica reasons, could make her do all those nasty things — pushing Brandon's trumpet out the window, throwing her mother's fur trimmed dress in the washing machine and scaring Mrs. Post with that story about a prowler. Read full book review >

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THE HEADLESS CUPID by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: Sept. 10, 1971

"Later, unknown to the reformed Amanda, David discovers that four-year-old Blair had found and dropped the head; but before readers can register the let-down that commonly follows such rational explanation, a revelation from Blair (who has already demonstrated a talent for ESP) provides just the ambiguous ending needed to cap a roundly satisfying and judiciously grounded ghost story."
Old ghosts are ingeniously resurrected when eleven-year-old David Stanley's father remarries and a new stepsister, Amanda, comes to live in the family's recently purchased house, where a cupid on the bannister has been mysteriously headless since previous residents endured a poltergeist manifestation in 1896. Read full book review >

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THE EGYPT GAME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Released: March 21, 1967

"Because the episode is handled with restraint, We can only question, not condemn; the decision is yours."
Offbeat kids, in dialogue, ingenious pretense and attendant complications—all the elements for ten, eleven-year-old enjoyment, and then a problem: a criminally insane killer of children. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN'S HAT by Steve Antony
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Happily close to the most recent royal birth, this whimsical, British-themed picture book provides a kidcentric introduction to the geography of London and a great opportunity for spontaneous counting and observation activities. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Pursued by a corgi sporting an argyle vest, a cartoonish queen figure runs through London chasing her hat, which is being whisked away by a strong breeze. Read full book review >

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EYE TO EYE by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another impressive presentation from a master craftsman. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
The evolution of the eye and the surprising ways animals see the world are displayed in a thoughtfully designed and engagingly illustrated album. Read full book review >