Search Results: "W.K. Stratton"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2004

"Vivid rodeo life and lore for armchair cowpokes and bowlegged hands alike, by a devoted 'kicker with a literary bent.'"
A quixotic son of the Southwest hits the road to follow a truly American sport and, incidentally, chase his own history as well. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2012

"An engaging, breezy portrait of an underappreciated boxing giant."
Meet the nicest boxer ever. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"Good-natured, intelligent, funny, and less bombastic than the title suggests."
A savvy sportswriter uses the football rivalry between the University of Texas and Texas A&M to paint a lively, partial portrait of the Lone Star State. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING AT STRATTON FALLS by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Absorbing and entertaining. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A thoroughly satisfying ghost story with just the right amounts of scariness, suspense, and danger to keep even a reluctant reader interested. Read full book review >

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School of the Assassins by W.K. Blais
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 5, 2014

"Although light on action by the standards of its genre, this global thriller has a protagonist whose densely textured background adds interest to the story."
A South African mercenary in Iraq must help U.S. relatives who are caught up with a drug cartel in Blais' (Croutons, 1993, etc.) thriller. Read full book review >

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KINGPIN by Richard Stratton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A pulpy, well-crafted recollection of time behind bars packed with unsettling questions about society's embrace of mass imprisonment and the drug war."
A tense account of a rakish, unrepentant cannabis merchant's time in prison. Read full book review >

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THE DOGS by Allan Stratton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An engrossing blend of murder mystery and family story. (Suspense. 12-16)"
Cameron Weaver's father tried to kill his mother, and now they are on the run, again. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Still, there's plenty to ponder here in the matter of how youngsters reconcile devoutness and the sowing of wild oats."
BBC producer Stratton looks at demographic and cultural trends in the Arab world, and by her account things are just going to get stranger. Read full book review >

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CHANDA’S SECRETS by Allan Stratton
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Still, the strong, respectful writing makes this crucial and broadly relevant story unfailingly human. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
The subject of AIDS in contemporary Africa receives powerful—though apolitical—treatment. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND by Shelly Stratton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"A touching, nuanced, adult coming-of-age novel that includes an interracial romance and keen studies of guilt, bias, and small-town America."
When a Washington, D.C., executive hears her grandfather has disappeared in South Dakota, she hops on a plane, risking her relationship and her job, only to discover it was a ruse—but now he's disappeared for real. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVE ROBBER'S APPRENTICE by Allan Stratton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"It's fun all the way as wit, daring and theatrical skills restore the archduchy. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Stratton shows impressive versatility in a shift away from his intense teen fare—Chanda's Secrets (2004), Borderline (2010)—to a playfully dramatic adventure with swashbuckling kids, mountain hermits, avalanche sledding and circus bears. Read full book review >

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BORDERLINE by Allan Stratton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2010

"But only the kid-as-hero motif rings fictional—the curtailing of civil rights, the explicit targeting of young Muslim men and the manic, dangerously unchecked power of U.S. and Canadian anti-terrorism forces are deathly realistic dangers in this vitally educational page-turner. (Fiction. YA)"
As in Chanda's Secrets (2004) and Chanda's Wars (2008), Stratton explodes with political relevance, this time exploring dangers that are more familiar to American readers—or should be. Read full book review >