Search Results: "Tracy Barrett"


BOOK REVIEW

MARABEL AND THE BOOK OF FATE by Tracy Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Poor execution distracts from the story's important themes of female empowerment, tolerance, and inclusion. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Princess Marabel of Magikos goes on a quest to save her twin brother, Marco. Read full book review >

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DARK OF THE MOON by Tracy Barrett
FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2011

"A world and story both excitingly alien and pleasingly familiar. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Ariadne weaves a new tale in a historically rich reworking of Theseus and the Minotaur. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

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COLD IN SUMMER by Tracy Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A genuine ghost story without coincidental explanations that will draw readers eerily in. (Fiction. 10-14)"
No way does Ariadne want to spend her seventh-grade year in a hick town in Tennessee just because her mom got a job at the university there. Read full book review >

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KING OF ITHAKA by Tracy Barrett
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"A rousing introduction to epic characters and mythic creatures of ancient Greece from the fresh perspective of an engaging young hero. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In this hero's quest drawn from Homer's Odyssey, Telemachos, only child of Odysseus, King of Ithaka, has waited 16 years for his wandering father to return from the Trojan wars while his dutiful mother, Penelopeia, fends off would-be suitors. Read full book review >

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ON ETRUSCAN TIME by Tracy Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"A good read appended with an author's note and Etruscan-English and Italian-English glossaries. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Eleven-year-old Hector, spending the summer with his archaeologist mother at a dig near Florence, unearths a strange eye-shaped stone at the site of what was once an Etruscan village. Read full book review >

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THE STEPSISTER'S TALE by Tracy Barrett
ROMANCE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Highly imaginative as well as insightful, this outstanding revision has the power to entrance and provoke thought. (Romance. 12-18)"
Despite the singular title, this clever and sensitive retelling of "Cinderella" takes the viewpoint of the supposedly evil stepsisters and turns the story inside out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"A fun series continues unabated. (Mystery. 8-12)"
It's one thing to discover that Sherlock Holmes was your ancestor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 7, 2016

"Accessible and entertaining, these stories provide a thoughtful, fresh take on a classic subject."
Seventeen lesser-known Greek myths get energetic retellings in this collection for readers 12 and up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"A strong start to what will undoubtedly remain an enjoyable series. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Upon moving to their new home in London, siblings Xena and Xander Holmes immediately discover a strange but true fact: They are the direct descendants of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and have inherited his casebook of unsolved mysteries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER by Jacqueline Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"By the end, Cam has still not come around—but readers may be too annoyed by Tracy's rude, aggressive character to care. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Wilson pushes so much pain between the lines of this portrait of a foster child with the personality of a steamroller that it comes off less a lightweight tribute to human resilience than a pathos-ridden tale of children acting out as they nurse profound inner wounds. Read full book review >