Search Results: "Wendelin Van Draanen"


BOOK REVIEW

SWEAR TO HOWDY by Wendelin Van Draanen
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"A change of place, but not pace, for the author of the Sammy Keyes dramas. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Triumph and tragedy mix in a compelling country tale of boys being boys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMMY KEYES AND THE HOTEL THIEF by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Children will admire Sammy's inadvertent genius for ruffling feathers as much as they'll like her sharp powers of observation and deduction; she is a tough new gumshoe with another caper scheduled for fall. (Fiction. 10-13)"
PLB 0-679-98839-4 Van Draanen (How I Survived Being a Girl, 1997) debuts a live-wire young sleuth in this nonstop whodunit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW I SURVIVED BEING A GIRL by Wendelin Van Draanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1997

"Blithely entertaining. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Van Draanen's first book has a crackling pace, funny lines, and an iron-willed heroine with a knack for putting herself in the center of all the action. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD BIRD by Wendelin Van Draanen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A memorable book about family, friendship, forgiveness, and second chances. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In a riveting opening chapter, 14-year-old Wren is roused from sleep at 3:47 a.m., whisked to the airport, and flown to Utah for an 8-week wilderness therapy program—a last-ditch effort by her concerned parents in response to her drug use, lying, shoplifting, and destructive behavior. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHREDDERMAN: MEET THE GECKO by Wendelin Van Draanen
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Cyber-hero fun for everyone, and, of course, future installments are on the way. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Fifth-grade math prodigy Nolan Byrd and his secret identity—Internet Superhero Shredderman—returns for a third adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: May 26, 2009

"Written with gleeful wit, rapid-fire pacing and snappy dialogue and accompanied by Gilpin's comical pen-and-ink illustrations, this second volume's conclusion promises a forthcoming, deliciously dastardly installment. (Fiction. 7-12)"
This follow-up to the first Gecko and Sticky (The Villain's Lair, 2009) adventure delivers even more wacky dealings with the devilish evildoer Damien Black and his band of ne'er-do-wells, The Bandito Brothers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHREDDERMAN: ATTACK OF THE TAGGER by Wendelin Van Draanen
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Equipped with a genuinely juvenile sense of humor (but a clear sense of right and wrong, too), plus a serious addiction to exclamation points, this engagingly bright, complex fifth-grade sleuth will sweep readers into his newest jet-propelled adventure. (Illustrations not seen) (Fiction. 8-11)"
Self-styled "cyber-superhero" Nolan Byrd once again wields digital camera and Web site in defense of truth, justice, and just deserts for bullies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VILLAIN’S LAIR by Wendelin Van Draanen
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"A dastardly good read that benefits from its quirky drawings and may well become a can't-wait-for-the-next-one series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A wittily offbeat and action-packed adventure. Read full book review >

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SHREDDERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY by Wendelin Van Draanen
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"They should get an enthusiastic welcome. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In a Sammy Keyes for younger readers, Van Draanen opens a new series featuring a fifth-grade math wiz with this quick-paced take on the perennial "dealing with a bully" theme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DURAND LINE by Wendelin Johnson
Released: March 1, 2003

"An ambitious, if somewhat ponderously scholarly first novel."
Murder, drugs, and gem-smuggling in war-torn South Asia. Read full book review >

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NEW IN FEBRUARY 2017
by Leila Roy

Is it too late to put together a short list of the February books I’m looking forward to? Ah well, I’m sorry—that question was clearly disingenuous, because obviously I’ve made the list regardless. There are so, so many new releases to be excited about, and the fact that I have a big pile of them on hand makes the sixteen ...


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