Search Results: "Theodore Taylor"


BOOK REVIEW

THEODORE by Frank Keating
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"As homage, its success is unquestionable; as biography, its achievement is a little more dubious. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
An unabashedly reverent paean to the 26th president is light on biographical detail but heavy on inspiration. Read full book review >

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THEODORE by Christopher Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2001

"The charms of this account reside in the vivid background details and Theodore's musings, but these can't overcome some parchment-thin characters and a dearth of drama."
Harris's debut, a highly mobile but underdeveloped tale from the seventh century, features a homosexual monk from Tarsus who spends much of his life mulling over the nature of lust and the fine points of theology, and who later becomes the Archbishop of Canterbury. Read full book review >

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LORD OF THE KILL by Theodore Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Taylor's cause is a worthy one, but the perfunctory story onto which he loads it is a nonstarter. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Light on plot, heavy on agenda, this sequel to The Sniper (1989) belabors readers with the author's outrage over the illicit use of rare or exotic animals in "canned" hunts and Asian medicine. Read full book review >

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TO KILL THE LEOPARD by Theodore Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"You really are there."
Realistic submarine suspense, set in WW II, by Taylor (Monocolo, 1989; The Stalker, 1987), who's also written a number of YA novels (The Weirdo, The Cay, etc.). Read full book review >

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ROGUE WAVE by Theodore Taylor
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, these will captivate even reluctant readers. (Short stories. 12+)"
``And Other Red-Blooded Sea Stories'' is the subtitle that hints at the tone and telling in this collection of eight short works, some previously published in magazines by Taylor (The Bomb, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"It doesn't fly. (Fiction. 8-10)"
It's 1935 and Jon Jeffers is terribly lonely. Read full book review >

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THE FLIGHT OF JESSE LEROY BROWN by Theodore Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"While Brown's story is an important one, Taylor imbues it with the charm and cadences of a volume for young adults—hardly a fitting tribute to Brown, who was a subject of one of President Reagan's inspirational stories of the American dream. (photos, not seen)"
A mediocre, clichÇ-riddled tale of America's first black naval aviator, by the author of To Kill the Leopard (1993) and numerous other works. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEFENDING TAYLOR by Miranda Kenneally
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2016

"Read it for Taylor's journey but not for anything deeper. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When a Tennessee senator's daughter is expelled from her posh prep school, she faces challenges at her new, public high school. Read full book review >

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A SAILOR RETURNS by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Fine reading for middle graders. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Taylor (The Flight of Jesse Leroy Brown, 1998, etc.) returns with a touching novel about the endurance and power of family ties. Read full book review >

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TIMOTHY OF THE CAY by Theodore Taylor
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A journey well worth taking. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Cay (the award-winning 1969 novel about racial prejudice in the 1940s) is the unseen vessel in the middle of a ``prequel/sequel'' in which Taylor explores both the black man Timothy's life as it leads up to the wreck of the Hato in the Caribbean during WW II and 12-year-old Phillip Enright's journey back to civilization after his rescue from the island. Read full book review >

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PETER TAYLOR by Hubert H. McAlexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Of use and interest to students of southern letters and postwar American fiction."
A workmanlike biography of the noted southern writer. Read full book review >