Search Results: "Steven Farr"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"No matter the real-world glitches in her proposals, Kopp's insistence on aiming high should make it required reading for all professional educators."
An optimistic narrative about school reform from an author with an unusual perspective. Read full book review >

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CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE: 10 OF THIS YEAR’S FINEST CRIMINOUS TALES
by J. Kingston Pierce

This is the fifth consecutive time I’ve assembled, for Kirkus, a year-end list of my favorite crime, mystery, and thriller novels published in the United States during the preceding 12 months. Nostalgia grips me warmly as I look back now at previous picks—from M.J. McGrath’s White Heat (2011) and Peter May’s The Blackhouse (2012) to Derek B. Miller’s Norwegian ...


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THE SUNSET MURDERS by Louise Farr
Released: April 3, 1992

"Farr organizes the tangled, multicharactered material with clarity and a fine sense of pacing, although her prose is merely adequate. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Grisly dual portrait of serial-killer Douglas Clark and his confederate Carol Bundy, whose murders of young women along the gritty, glitzy streets of Hollywood stunned southern Californians in 1980. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2008

"Heartfelt but ultimately uninspiring. (preface, chronology, sources, bibliography) (Nonfiction. YA)"
It's clear from the start that first-time author Farr cares passionately about his subject. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Ultimately, these moguls don't seem very mad at all; though Farr disapproves of many of their actions (he faults Rubin for recording controversial acts like rap's Geto Boys), one ends up admiring all eight, especially given the harsh lives they've overcome."
Though uneven, this volume is full of wild stories about the men behind the most important—and atrocious—popular music of the last ten years. Read full book review >

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THE FIRE SEEKERS by Richard Farr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A niche read for advanced, philosophical readers. (author's notes) (Thriller. 14 & up)"
A teen takes on the mysteries of the world—some real, some imagined—in this erudite thriller. Read full book review >

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I NEVER CAME TO YOU IN WHITE by Judith Farr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 1996

"But more problematic here is the sameness of tone suffusing the work and its characters, creating only monochromes where full-color images would be infinitely preferable."
Poet and Dickinson scholar Farr (The Passion of Emily Dickinson, not reviewed) observes her favorite, elusive subject at a crucial stage in her adolescence—her unhappy ten-month stint at Mount Holyoke Seminary—in this well-intended debut. Read full book review >

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REX FINDS AN EGG! EGG! EGG! by Steven Weinberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Young dinosaur fans will like this solo debut for Weinberg a bunch, bunch, bunch. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An exploding volcano, an unseen cliff, flying predators and other hazards challenge a dimwitted young T. Rex with a precious burden and a monosyllabic vocabulary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YANKEE DOODLE by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Kellogg has also provided fascinating notes about the history of the song and glosses about antiquated expressions. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The full text of Yankee Doodle finds a perfect counterpart in exhilarating pictures of the little hero's romp through the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

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A PENGUIN PUP FOR PINKERTON by Steven Kellogg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"It keeps everything humming along on the visual plane so much so that there's no need for a real story to back it up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The latest Pinkerton from Kellogg is a bit too all over the place to sustain an actual story line, and Pinkerton is too distracted to play even a fantasy role of a father. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS TADPOLE by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1977

"A stock situation, right up to the enormous egg that arrives for Louis' next birthday—but Kellogg's zesty embellishments propel it along."
Kellogg tosses off one fantasy within another, as Alphonse, the tadpole Louis' Scottish uncle sends him for his birthday, develops into something more like a dinosaur than a frog and the authorities refuse to allow Louis to keep his pet in the junior high school swimming pool. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS WITCH by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Worthy, but the parts are better than the whole. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Gloria is an oddball at Madame Pestilence's Academy for Young Goblins and Witches: Her spells don't work, and she keeps smiling, even while eating cockroach casserole. Read full book review >