Search Results: "Todd James Pierce"


BOOK REVIEW

THE AUSTRALIA STORIES by Todd James Pierce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2003

"The thread that's supposed to bind these pieces into a novel is thin at best, but Pierce writes with a particular tenderness and compassion."
From an American who spent several years in Australia comes this debut about a man, very much like the author, who's writing a collection of stories about his family. Read full book review >

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TAE KWON DO! by Terry Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2006

"Parents, teachers and librarians desperate for first-level, child-appealing readers will cheer out loud—and quite possibly execute a few joyous spinning kicks of their own—as they snap this one up. (Easy reader. 3-5)"
A brother and sister participate in their Tae Kwon Do class in a most welcome addition to the Step into Reading series. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"A fast-paced fantasy for preteens who are ready for something meatier than the average chapter book."
Like many kids, Max thinks his mandatory summer vacation will be boring. He's terribly wrong. Read full book review >

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STREET MAGIC by Tamora Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A must for Pierce's many fans, and a solid choice for those interested in a different take on gangs, faraway lands, or just good imaginative fantasy. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Pierce (Magic Steps, 2000, etc.) continues to individually develop her quartet of adolescent mages. Read full book review >

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HOPE MILLS by Constance Pierce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"It's hard not to think of Gibbons's suggestive, economic style and her subtle feminism when slogging through Pierce's relatively artless complaints against small-town life in another era."
A first novel by storywriter Pierce (When Things Get Back to Normal, 1987) travels the same Carolinian terrain as the much more elegant work of Kaye Gibbons; thematically, it bears a lot in common with Robert Clark's novel, In the Deep Midwinter (1996), which also culminates in an illegal abortion during the Eisenhower years. Read full book review >

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DID YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU? by Christa Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"An overlong greeting card. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Debut author/illustrator Pierce matches a litany of loving expressions to illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"A mixed bag with many ardent, needful tales of girls discovering inner resources. (Short stories/fantasy. 12-16)"
In this collection, Pierce's fantasy worlds teem with a wide variety of heroines: math prodigies, shepherds and martial artists, primarily girls of color, mostly fighting sexism. Read full book review >

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TRICKSTER’S QUEEN by Tamora Pierce
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Thrilling fun, despite its flaws. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A mix of best and worst in this exciting but oddly paced conclusion to the Trickster duet. Read full book review >

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WILD MAGIC by Tamora Pierce
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"No doubt to be continued since, at the end, Daine is left with a baby dragon to raise. (Fiction. 10+)"
Daine (13)—father unknown, mother killed by bandits—has "wild magic'': an empathy with animals so deep that, until she meets the wizard Numair, she's in danger of turning animal herself. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 1996

"An uneasy compound of coffee-table biography and college literary primer, this is an attractively produced but wholly optional supplement for Yeats devotees and Hibernophiles. (150 b&w photos and 36 colorplates)"
Pierce's distant, skeptical, pedantic view of Yeats's life and poetry seems all the weaker next to the lavish illustrations that accompany the text. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Massacre at Sirte by Pierce Kelley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2016

"An affecting dramatization of the horrors perpetrated by terrorism."
A book offers a fictionalization of the grisly execution of Coptic Christians by Islamic State group terrorists in Libya. Read full book review >