Search Results: "Tor Seidler"


BOOK REVIEW

BRAINBOY AND THE DEATHMASTER by Tor Seidler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Long on action and short on characterization and improbable, even for science fiction, this will nevertheless entertain readers who demand a fast pace and a cinematic, hair-raising but happy ending. (Fiction. 3-7)"
Keith Masterly, billionaire software guru, uses his wealth to set up children's shelters equipped with laptops loaded with his own interactive computer games. Read full book review >

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FIRSTBORN by Tor Seidler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"A rich tale of the wild that quickens the pulse and fills the heart. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A magpie who befriends a wolf tells their story. Read full book review >

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BROTHERS BELOW ZERO by Tor Seidler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"Still, every child with a brother or sister will be able to relate to the core situation, perhaps learning that comparing oneself to others is as 'useless as two tails on a dog' in the process. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Seidler takes on an age-old story line—jealousy and competition between two dissimilar brothers—and spins it into a survival story with a soft mystical edge. Read full book review >

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TOES by Tor Seidler
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Young cat lovers will be in heaven. (Fiction. 9-15)"
One of a litter of four, Toes the cat is born black with seven toes on each paw, whereas the other three are spotted or striped and have the normal number of digits. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SILENT SPILLBILLS by Tor Seidler
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Seidler is a polished writer, but readers will find stories with similar themes, such as David Klass's California Blue (1994), more compelling. (Fiction. 11-13)"
PLB 0-06-205181-4 Seidler (Mean Margaret, 1997, etc.) returns to the urbane, slightly distant tone of his older books for this uneven tale of a shy young birder stepping forward to defend a rare species from extermination. Read full book review >

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THE WAINSCOTT WEASEL by Tor Seidler
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Twenty-one of the 50 elegantly rendered illustrations are in full color; Marcellino's gracious compositions, delicate modeling, and amiable characterizations are in perfect tune with the engagingly imaginative story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In the gentle spirit of Seidler's A Rat's Tale (1986), a fantasy set on eastern Long Island in a well-established woodland community of weasels. Read full book review >

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GULLY’S TRAVELS by Tor Seidler
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Cole's remarkable pen-and-ink sketches evoke the work of French impressionists and add dimension, wit and wry humor to this far-fetched doggy tail—uh—tale. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
"The Real Pooches of NYC." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REVENGE OF RANDAL REESE-RAT by Tor Seidler
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 2001

"Loyally and lovably ratty. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Though a rational ratriot, Randal Reese-Rat can't help being jealous and slightly embarrassed at the way Montague Mad-Rat both saved ratkind and stole his fiancé from him in A Rat's Tale (1986). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEAN MARGARET by Tor Seidler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"Advanced readers may perceive an edge beneath the drollery, but it's all in good fun. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A fastidious woodchuck discovers parenthood to be worse than his wildest imaginings in this benign, if sardonic, animal tale from Seidler (The Wainscott Weasel, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Beautifully set in a wintry city of a hundred years ago (presumably Copenhagen): a handsomely designed book that respects the integrity of a favorite tale while giving it a fresh new interpretation. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A graceful, slightly abbreviated retelling that nicely captures Andersen's characteristic understated tone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Tor Maddox: Unleashed by Liz Coley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"A bright, resourceful heroine makes her mark in this first novel with a shaky, brutal premise."
A teenage girl uncovers a shadowy conspiracy threatening the nation's dogs in this YA thriller. Read full book review >