Search Results: "Tim Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

FREDA SAYS PLEASE by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Didacticism tops the charts with Freda, but co-publishing Carlos is on the money. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Normally very good at breaking down skills in a way that both teaches and entertains, the I See I Learn series missteps with this entry. Read full book review >

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EMMA'S FRIENDWICH by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Backmatter includes a list of follow-up questions and activities. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Murphy's promising (if utilitarian) new series, I See I Learn, uses the concept of visual learning to help reinforce social, emotional, cognitive and health and safety skills. Read full book review >

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PERCY GETS UPSET by Stuart J. Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Two more solid entries to a useful, if not particularly artful series. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Murphy's I See I Learn series continues with two new titles aimed at teaching kids valuable emotional and social skills. Read full book review >

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FREDA IS FOUND by Stuart J. Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Solid series additions that teach useful skills and the power of practice. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Murphy's I See I Learn visual learning series continues with two new titles for children that focus on the cognitive skill of name writing and strategies to stay safe when lost. Read full book review >

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THE EMPEROR OF ANY PLACE by Tim Wynne-Jones
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An accomplished wordsmith, Wynne-Jones achieves an extraordinary feat: he illuminates the hidden depths of personalities and families through a mesmerizing blend of realism and magic. (Fiction. 13-17)"
After the shock of his father's sudden death and the arrival of a grandfather he was taught to hate but never met, Evan must unravel a family mystery. Read full book review >

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REX ZERO AND THE END OF THE WORLD by Tim Wynne-Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2007

"Delightfully nerve-wracking, eccentric and optimistic. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Lonely and friendless, Rex Norton-Norton has just moved to Ottawa. Read full book review >

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THE UNINVITED by Tim Wynne-Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

"Older teen readers looking for something akin to Celia Rees's sensual, brooding The Wish House (2005) will not be disappointed. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
A selfish New York painter fathered three children by different mothers in his reckless youth. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF CHANGES by Tim Wynne-Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Some stories do, too. (Short stories. 10-14)"
A fine collection of short stories in which Wynne-Jones (Some of the Kinder Planets, p. 564, etc.), with gentle humor and moments of quiet epiphany, taps the truth of family life and growing up in the '90s. Read full book review >

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THE BOY IN THE BURNING HOUSE by Tim Wynne-Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"That bit of contrivance aside, Wynne-Jones (Stephen Fair, 1998) weaves a strong, sensitively observed cast, plus themes of inner conflict, unlikely friendships, and the enduring power of hate, into a powerful tale that will grip readers from start to finish. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Old sins come home to roost in this taut, terrifying psychological thriller, set largely on an isolated Canadian farm. Read full book review >

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SOME OF THE KINDER PLANETS by Tim Wynne-Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"The contrived plots, along with the presence of laser printers and fax machines, give real-life drama to the mysterious overtones of science fiction, but the narration is uneven: sometimes painterly and lyrical, sometimes bordering on sentimental. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Nine original premises elaborated—sometimes cleverly, sometimes awkwardly—into short stories. Read full book review >

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THE MAESTRO by Tim Wynne-Jones
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A truly compelling adventure story. (Fiction. 11+)"
With a brutal, despicable father who beats him and an ineffectual mother incapacitated by drugs, Burl, 14, has learned not to expect anything good from life. Read full book review >

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Grant Me Timely Grace by Tim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2010

"A moderately entertaining but wrongheaded Civil War thriller."
Loyalties are tested in Woods' (Never Trust a Hero, 2011, etc.) novel, set in Civil War-era Washington, D.C. Read full book review >