Search Results: "Vivian Vande Velde"


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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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FROGGED by Vivian Vande Velde
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"A fine addition to the canon of fractured fairy tales. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Princess Imogene wonders whether she is as good as she should be when she reads that a princess ought to be as good as she is beautiful in The Art of Being a Princess, a gift—a hint?—from her mother. She is, and more. Read full book review >

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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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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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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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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 >

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NEVER TRUST A DEAD MAN by Vivian Vande Velde
Released: April 1, 1999

"The sympathetic hero, original humor, sharp dialogue, and surprising plot twists make this read universally appealing and difficult to put down. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Murder, magic, salacious secrets, and sparkling wit immediately pull the reader into this engrossing medieval whodunit from Vande Velde (Ghost of a Hanged Man, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Terrific fun: lighter of heart than Galloway's Truly Grim Tales (p. 856), and comparable in quality to William Brooke's classic sendups (A Telling of the Tales, 1990, etc.). (Folklore. 9- 13)"
``Once upon a time, in the days before Social Security or insurance companies, there lived a miller and his daughter, Della, who were fairly well-off and reasonably happy until the day their mill burned down.'' So begins a set of the most imaginatively twisted tales since Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith hit the scene. Read full book review >

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DRAGON'S BAIT by Vivian Vande Velde
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An enjoyable if slightly askew yarn, probably no more inconsistent than real life. (Fiction. 12+)"
Staked out to be devoured after a mock trial for witchcraft conducted by crooked exorcist Atherton, Alys is unexpectedly rescued by the dragon Selendrile, who then takes the shape of a man and offers to help her get revenge. 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 >