Search Results: "T.A. Barron"


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THE WISDOM OF MERLIN by T.A. Barron
Released: March 24, 2015

"Words to live by, trite and larded with sentiment though they be in this particular iteration. (Inspiration. 17 & up)"
A small volume of homilies, spun from a 2013 speech and perfect for a graduate's gift (should pots of money not be an option). Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Who cares? (map, history of Avalon) (Fantasy. 10+)"
When they're written well, classic fantasy motifs give a story richness, archetypal depth, and solid scaffolding—but badly done, they cause only wincing. Read full book review >

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WHERE IS GRANDPA? by T.A. Barron

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ATLANTIS IN PERIL by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Relative inaction and deus ex machina solutions mark this installment as a typical middle volume; here's hoping the conclusion makes up for at least some of the failings of the first two books. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The evil spirit Narkazan, supposedly vanquished in Atlantis Rising (2013), is back. Read full book review >

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ATLANTIS RISING by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"Despite the novel's flaws, Barron fans, as well as urban- and high-fantasy readers, may enjoy this original take on the Atlantis myth. (author's note, map) (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
A stand-alone fantasy from best-seller T.A. Barron. Read full book review >

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GHOST HANDS by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"As in Barron and Low's previous collaboration, The Day the Stones Walked (2007), tightly connected visuals and text provoke curiosity and awe about a phenomenon at once mysterious and accessible. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
The ubiquity of the handprint in cave art around the world, and Patagonia in particular, begs unresolved questions about the image's meaning; Barron's invented back story posits that healers, warriors and others who contributed to the common good may have been thus memorialized. Read full book review >

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THE DAY THE STONES WALKED by T.A. Barron
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Earnest but ultimately unlikely to get the message across. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Set on Easter Island, this text-heavy tale imagines the impact of a tsunami on the ancient inhabitants. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Environmentalist, author of several epic-length fantasies, and founder of an award for heroic young people, Barron invites readers to hike with an international company of heroes drawn from history, literature, and contemporary news reports. Read full book review >

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TREE GIRL by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Forsooth. (Fiction 8-11)"
In this short fantasy novel, nine-year-old Rowanna, who lives in an isolated cottage with an old fisherman she calls Master, longs to learn more about her mother. Read full book review >

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MERLIN’S DRAGON by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Rather than offering 'a world profoundly rich in both wonder and mystery,' as it boasts, this overindulgence delivers readers nothing but smugness. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A new series opens in Barron's trite version of Avalon. Read full book review >

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THE SEVEN SONGS OF MERLIN by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"A rich and resonant read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This second installment of the sequence that began with The Lost Years of Merlin (1996) is as full of action and excitement as its predecessor, but is kinder and gentler in tone; while its origins are epic, it is foremost a tale of the heart. Read full book review >

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THE ANCIENT ONE by T.A. Barron
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Still, much better wrought than the author's tedious Heartlight (1990). (Fiction. 12-18)"
A long but well-peopled fantasy with a strong environmental message. Read full book review >