Search Results: "Susan Vande Griek"


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GO HOME BAY by Susan Vande Griek
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A restrained, lyrical introduction to a nature artist whose work and reputation justify the exposure to young viewers south of the border. (resource list) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Inspired by a historical encounter, a child remembers Canadian artist Tom Thomson teaching her to paint during a summer sojourn at her father's lakeside home. Read full book review >

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LOON by Susan Vande Griek
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Though the book's two components coexist uneasily, each is notable, and children in loon country will be fascinated by such a thorough exploration. (Informational picture book. 4-7) "
The life cycles of two baby loons are presented in this lyrical picture book. Read full book review >

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HEIR APPARENT by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"It's riveting reading for experienced gamers and tyros alike. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A near-future teenager trapped in a full-immersion virtual reality game finds herself racing the clock to beat non-virtual death in this plausible, suspenseful outing. Read full book review >

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SMART DOG by Vivian Vande Velde
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"1997, etc.) will miss the vigor she's brought to her other fantastical musings. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth grader Amy Prochenko gets the surprise of her life walking to school one day. Read full book review >

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MAGIC CAN BE MURDER by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"For a more successful melding of the medieval, of murder, and of magic, try Midnight Magic by Avi, and for a much better offering by Vande Velde, stick with last year's There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around, a much more successful and enjoyable book. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Nola and her mother are witches, which makes life difficult for them in the vaguely medieval times in which this story is set. Read full book review >

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Why You Won't Go To Hell by Benjamin Vande Weerdhof Andrews
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2015

"A rational case for the need for humanity to move beyond faith."
A personal attempt at crafting a comprehensive handbook of atheism. Read full book review >

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STOLEN by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A quick read; taut and superbly suspenseful. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Vande Velde combines her trademark spookiness with some of the motifs of fairy tales—witches, magic, stolen children—to explore themes of jealousy and villainy. Read full book review >

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THE RUMPELSTILTSKIN PROBLEM by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Young readers who like Robin McKinley's fairy-tale retellings will also enjoy this collection. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Of making many books there is no end, and of making many fairy tales with alternate settings, characters, or perspectives there clearly is no end in sight. Read full book review >

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USER UNFRIENDLY by Vivian Vande Velde
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Trapped in a pirated version of a simulated-reality game program, a group of friends nearly have a real tragedy. Read full book review >

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THREE GOOD DEEDS by Vivian Vande Velde
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Another funny and thought-provoking tale in folkloric dress from Vande Velde. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Village children call the old lady living by the pond a witch, and the moniker turns out to be dead on, as young Howard discovers when she catches him trying to steal goose eggs. Read full book review >

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ALISON, WHO WENT AWAY by Vivian Vande Velde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The denouement, which comes in a seriocomic run to a funeral parlor the night of the eighth-grade dance, feels a little forced, but the unfolding of Susan's family's anguish is done at just the right pace, with each shard of emotion placed precisely. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Susan—who now wants people to call her Sibyl—is 14 and fiercely angry. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS IMPOSTER by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Certain to give readers the warm fuzzies. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Gabriella and Renphlegena (Phleg for short) are two very different girls from vastly different worlds. Read full book review >