Search Results: "Terence Blacker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ANGEL FACTORY by Terence Blacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"What food there is here for discussion—free will, adoption, good and evil—is like most junk food: superficially appealing and not terribly satisfying. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Driven by plot and theme, this British import features a 12-year-old boy who discovers that angels right here on Earth are asking for his help in saving humanity from itself. Read full book review >

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KILL YOUR DARLINGS by Terence Blacker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"A long in-joke, but a good one."
Adult and children's author Blacker (Homebird, 1993, etc.) reveals far more than anyone should know about a writer's inner and outer lives—in a very amusing bit of madness that will prove hideously embarrassing to anyone who's ever dreamed of literary success. Read full book review >

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THE TWYNING by Terence Blacker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Thoroughly unpleasant and turgid to boot. (rat glossary) (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Rats and humans declare war on one another in this gory study in hidden fears and shifting loyalties. Read full book review >

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PARENT SWAP by Terence Blacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2006

"A satisfying, entertaining spoof on both a common teenage desire and reality show culture. (Fiction. 10-14)"
With a mother who's moved out to pursue a career and a sit-in-front-of-the-TV-and-drink-beer-all-day father who used to be a hit musician in the '70s but now can't even leave the apartment, who wouldn't want to change parents? Read full book review >

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BOY2GIRL by Terence Blacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2005

"Quite different from Blacker's other import, Angel Factory (2002), this farce with a slightly too-convenient ending will please readers looking for light laugh. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Matthew, a British 13-year-old, is all set for a quiet summer of knocking about with his friends when his mother is called away to America to attend the funeral of her wild sister, Galaxy. Read full book review >

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HOMEBIRD by Terence Blacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"The danger and cast of runaways in Nelson's The Beggar's Ride (1992) are far more vividly drawn. (Fiction. 11- 13)"
A wry, loosely knit story of a British teenager who experiments with running away. Read full book review >

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MS. WIZ by Terence Blacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Instead of plot development, the focus relies too heavily on cheap jokes for little laughs. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Clad in tight jeans and sporting black nail polish, spell-casting Ms. Wiz, with an omniscient cat and curious rat in tow, transforms the Class Three children from little terrors to terrific pupils. Read full book review >

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TERENCE RATTIGAN by Geoffrey Wansell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1997

"Not bad, but not good enough to gain renewed attention for a pleasing second-rank playwright. (8 pages illustrations, not seen)"
A gossipy yet earnest portrait of the once-popular British dramatist, unlikely to attract many American readers. Read full book review >

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THE BLACKER THE BERRY by Joyce Carol Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"What shade is human?" Read full book review >

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CURIOUS? by Terence Simmons
Released: April 1, 2012

"A short and simple but, alas, way too rhetorical look at our collective curiosity."
One man's attempt to provide a short answer to a tall question. Read full book review >

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COME BACK DEAD by Terence Faherty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 1997

"But the mystery pays off at the end with enough sockdolagizing surprises for a month at the bijou."
It's 1955, and Orson Welles is riding again—at least a taller, thinner Welles in a wheelchair, a prematurely washed-up director named Carson Drury who, 15 years after his glorious Hollywood debut, First Citizen, is clutching at the chance to jump-start his stalled career by reshooting the ending of the botched second film, The Imperial Albertsons, snatched from his hands by RKO back in 1942. Read full book review >