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 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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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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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 >

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THE SUMMER OF OWEN TODD by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A horror story based on reality, believably and sensitively constructed in the voice of the young protagonist. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
During the summer between fifth and sixth grades, Owen's best friend is exploited by an adult male babysitter. Read full book review >

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ISLAND by Charles Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"A Pinocchio story for grown-ups: mostly affecting, even if its workings do show."
Pseudonymous first novel by a ``prizewinning author of distinguished nonfiction'' who died in 1992: an earnest, absorbing, if occasionally awkward, tale that explores the nature of love and happiness as it traces the descent and recovery of an isolated urban drinker. Read full book review >

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QUEENPIN by Megan Abbott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2007

"Abbott (The Song is You, 2007, etc.) produces another stunning hardboiled heroine."
A young woman's brutal education in the Las Vegas syndicate includes learning how to play, and betray, her ice-queen boss. Read full book review >