Search Results: "Tony Abbott"


BOOK REVIEW

WADE AND THE SCORPION'S CLAW by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Mystery and adventure with heart. (Mystery. 8-12)"
After successfully retrieving the first in a series of 12 Copernicus Legacy relics, the Kaplan family sets their sights on retrieving the second. Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE BEGINS by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A quest just right for readers on the cusp of Percy Jackson. (glossary) (Adventure. 7-10)"
Looking to feed the insatiable appetite of mythology-mad readers comes a new series that brings the legendary characters up close and personal, especially for four elementary students who face off against Greek and Norse monsters. Read full book review >

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THE FORBIDDEN STONE by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Equal parts edge-of-your-seat suspense and heartfelt coming-of-age. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Four precocious preteens and a distracted astrophysicist travel to Europe to unravel a mystery that has already claimed several lives. Read full book review >

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FIREGIRL by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"However, Tom's fantasies quickly become repetitive, and several logical inconsistencies keep this from being totally successful, despite its worthy messages. (Fiction 9-12)"
Seventh-grader Tom Bender is nowhere near the in-crowd at St. Read full book review >

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THE CRAZY CASE OF MISSING THUNDER by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Everyone wants to be a Goofball in this little town, and readers will want to follow their cases in the future. That #1 on the spine ensures that there will be many more adventures from these goofy friends. (Mystery. 7-9)"
Best friends, Mara, Kelly, Brian and Jeff are self-styled Goofball private eyes who solve unusual mysteries. Read full book review >

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THE SERPENT'S CURSE by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Fast-paced and chock-full of secrets, puzzles and twists. (Adventure. 8-12)"
The Kaplan family continues their increasingly dangerous quest to secure the Copernicus Legacy relics. Read full book review >

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LUNCH-BOX DREAM by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2011

"A laudable attempt to address an unfortunately still-timely subject, this novel feels more like a Modernist experiment than a children's book. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In 1959 on a Civil War battleground tour, a white northern boy has his own prejudices shaken when he sees Jim Crow in action in a Joycean exploration that seems uncertain of its audience. Read full book review >

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THE POSTCARD by Tony Abbott
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"The characters are annoying (even to each other) and the supposedly compelling mystery Jason finds is a florid, turgid mess. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Jason fears his parents are breaking up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETS by Simon Abbott
by Simon Abbott, illustrated by Simon Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An enjoyable, affordable addition to this accessible series. (Pop-up/board book. 2-4)"
Paper engineering animates a bevy of domestic animals as the pages turn. Read full book review >

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POP AND PLAY by Simon Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Despite these quibbles, both books are likable and affordable starter pop-ups. (Pop-up/board book. 2-4)"
As the book opens, paper engineering animates a variety of vehicles on the page. Read full book review >

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INSIDE MAN by Jeff Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Add in the multiple brushes with gunfire he survives while unarmed and the run he makes without harm through a minefield, and Capra may be the one of the luckiest sleuths in literature."
Abbott's (Downfall, 2013, etc.) hip young ex-CIA spy Sam Capra tangles with international smugglers in this fast-moving but ultimately far-fetched thriller. Read full book review >