Search Results: "Vivian Vande Velde"


BOOK REVIEW

HEIR APPARENT by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"It's riveting reading for experienced gamers and tyros alike. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A near-future teenager trapped in a full-immersion virtual reality game finds herself racing the clock to beat non-virtual death in this plausible, suspenseful outing. Read full book review >

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MAGIC CAN BE MURDER by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"For a more successful melding of the medieval, of murder, and of magic, try Midnight Magic by Avi, and for a much better offering by Vande Velde, stick with last year's There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around, a much more successful and enjoyable book. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Nola and her mother are witches, which makes life difficult for them in the vaguely medieval times in which this story is set. Read full book review >

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SMART DOG by Vivian Vande Velde
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"1997, etc.) will miss the vigor she's brought to her other fantastical musings. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth grader Amy Prochenko gets the surprise of her life walking to school one day. Read full book review >

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DEADLY PINK by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"Emily's motives turn out to be little more than a pretext, but the author delivers another clever, suspenseful drama in the digital domain. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Vande Velde again traps teenagers inside an authentically depicted arcade game—but here she works twists into the premise that are both amusing and crank up the danger. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF MORDRED by Vivian Vande Velde
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 29, 2005

"Vande Velde's finely crafted diction never falters as the plot builds to its inevitable tragic end. (author's note) (Fantasy. YA)"
Sir Mordred of Camelot is seen through the eyes of three different women in this superbly written tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEING DEAD by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"266, etc.) again chills, charms, moves, and startles with her customary effectiveness. (Short stories. 10-13)"
Dead but not quite gone, specters in these seven stories rise up to harry the living, meet lovers, take care of unfinished business, or some combination thereof. Read full book review >

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CURSES, INC. by Vivian Vande Velde
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1997

"Vande Velde is often amusing, and fans of the previous book will be entertained by this one, but an introduction and afterword about how the book came to be, who gave it a title, and where ideas come from sound superfluous and indulgent. (Short stories. 12+)"
An uneven collection of ten short stories by Vande Velde (Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, 1995, etc.) that treats spell-casting in modern, historical, and timeless settings. Read full book review >

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23 MINUTES by Vivian Vande Velde
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 5, 2016

"A gripping page-turner for time fantasy enthusiasts. (Speculative fiction. 12-17)"
Blue-haired Zoe Mahar ducks into a bank to escape a downpour and comes face to face with a robber who's not afraid to use his gun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL HALLOWS’ EVE by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Though the spark of brilliance that lights up the stories in her Being Dead (2001), and most of her longer fantasies, shines more palely here, there's plenty to chill, challenge or even charm. (Short stories. 10-13)"
These new tales are all set on Halloween, and readers hoping for eerie doings featuring a cast of ghosts and unwary young folk won't be disappointed. Read full book review >

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NOW YOU SEE IT... by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Readers will be more captivated by the deliciously twisty plot and lively supporting cast, though, than by Wendy's personal issues. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
With her customary wry humor and fast-paced storytelling, Vande Velde propels a myopic, unhappy teen into other times and worlds. Read full book review >

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WITCH’S WISHES by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"Still it will fulfill a lot of wishes. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Wishes are tricky things for an aging witch and a little girl. Read full book review >