Search Results: "Victoria McKernan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DEVIL'S PAINTBOX by Victoria McKernan
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Viscerally painted, in this narrative smallpox is never as frightening as the greed and hatred, nor are the love and dignity of a few so admirable. (Historical fiction. YA)"
A wagon train west looks good to the Lynch kids, who have been eating dirt after the death of the rest of their family at their Kansas soddy home. Read full book review >

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SHACKLETON’S STOWAWAY by Victoria McKernan
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"A compelling alternative to the nonfiction accounts. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Wisely using only real people and sticking close to the actual events of Shackleton's ill-fated expedition, McKernan does justice to one of the past century's great true adventure stories. Read full book review >

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POINT DECEPTION by Victoria McKernan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1992

"As in McKernan's Osprey Reef, the dialogue is nice, and the deb sendup hilarious."
When a mangled, bikini-clad torso gets entangled in an Antilla fishing net, and a US senator sorrowfully claims it as his daughter, spoiled post-deb Angelica Wattles, island pilot (with a CIA/FBI/DEA hush-hush past) Alex Sanders suggests to him that it just might be someone else's child. Read full book review >

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CROOKED ISLAND by Victoria McKernan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1994

"And don't turn your back on that 12- year-old, not for a minute."
Two hundred and fifty years after the corpse of James Francis Edward, who may or may not have been the rightful King of England, sinks with the Christiania in the coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Mayaguana, Annalee McGuire, insatiably curious 12-year- old daughter of archeologist Jack McGuire, discovers a mysterious necklace her father traces to the claimant. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2007

"Arrestingly sublime poetry: a must for every library."
A thrilling and substantial collection of verse. Read full book review >

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THE SEA TIGER by Victoria Turnbull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A sweetly imaginative story about friendship whose message will linger. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Turnbull's debut plumbs the depths of a friendship between a confident Sea Tiger and a quiet merboy. Read full book review >

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PINKALICIOUS 123 by Victoria Kann
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2016

"Children learn gender stereotypes soon enough. No need to rush the process. (Board book. 2-4)"
Pinkalicious spreads her message to the board-book set. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT PET ESCAPE by Victoria Jamieson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Guaranteed fun for young readers, who will eye their classroom pets with some suspicion in the future. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
Classroom pets have a wild night in the halls of Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary. Read full book review >

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AQUALICIOUS by Victoria Kann
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"For fans of the series, more of the same. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pinkalicious goes to the beach. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO KNEW EVERYTHING by Victoria Forester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"While critical thinkers may not find this particularly coherent, those willing to go with the flow will enjoy the ride. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
While no one knows everything, this follow-up volume to The Girl Who Could Fly (2008) has the same great premise as the first: that special gifts can be wonderful and also cause a peck of trouble. Read full book review >

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WITCHSTRUCK by Victoria Lamb
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Great for romance fans, probably too shallow for history fans. (Paranormal historical romance. 12 & up)"
Witchcraft and intrigue dominate the life of a 16th-century girl serving the Lady Elizabeth Tudor, imprisoned in Oxfordshire by her sister Queen Mary in this series opener. Read full book review >