Search Results: "Wouter Simons"


BOOK REVIEW

ELEVEN HOURS by Paullina Simons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1998

"Blatantly manipulative and gratuitously horrific; still, this might just be the breakout novel its author intends. (Literary Guild featured alternate/Mystery Guild selection; author tour)"
Beat-the-clock suspense in a pedestrian kidnaping narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COPPERNICKEL GOES MONDRIAN by Wouter van Reek
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2012

"Surreal but fascinating, visually jazzy but conceptually cryptic, this will work for older readers who like primary colors, geometric art or the philosophical notion of the future. (author's note) (Picture book/art. 7-10)"
A red-hoodie-sporting, upright-standing bird (or possibly weasel) named Coppernickel (Coppernickel: The Invention, 2008) and his diminutive pet dog follow artist Piet Mondrian though a progression of changes in their setting, time period and bodies. Read full book review >

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MOONSHADOW by Simons Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2010

"Move over, Alex Rider. (glossary, author's note) (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
Named for his trademark sword trick, Moonshadow is an orphan and a recently graduated ninja in the Grey Light Order, the shogun's secret service, with special training in the ancient skill of "the eye of the beast," or sight control of complex animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN OF LIBERTY by Paullina Simons
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Unfortunately, Simons misses a good opportunity to present a strong romance and clearly connect its characters to many of the prevalent issues in early-20th-century America; although the love story is adequate, the sociopolitical elements in the narrative are too random to be meaningful."
A love story about two people from vastly different worlds gets off to an excruciatingly slow start in Simons' prequel to The Bronze Horseman trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED LEAVES by Paullina Simons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Take this to the beach if you must (okay, it's campy fun), but look elsewhere for a mystery with real smarts. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
Second-novelist Simons (Tully, 1994) returns with a tale seemingly influenced by Donna Tartt's The Secret History. Read full book review >

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THE ENGLISH GERMAN GIRL by Jake Wallis Simons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Simons' compassion, sincerity and subtle style impress."
Simons (The Pure, 2012) tells the World War II story of a young German-Jewish émigré in England. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COPPERNICKEL by Wouter van Reek
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2008

"Perhaps it hangs together better in that medium. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Jumbled visuals fell a promising plot. Read full book review >