"Though imaginatively conceived and designed, the text includes distracting inconsistencies. Aoleon and other Martians sometimes speak without contractions; other times they use contractions and American slang. Despite these inconsistencies, Aoleon The Martian Girl offers fresh and funny entertainment."
By balancing the often-confusing themes of growing up with witty, sarcastic humor, Mulligan creates a memorable, insightful work of young adult fiction that will resonate strongly with the teen audience.
The Palace Library is a fun adventure. Kids will love getting lost in a land where books are four foot tall and can magically answer questions and bring things to life.
...could be much improved by a good edit, as there are occasional grammatical errors. The dialogue is a bit stilted and clumsy, even unnatural in places. Additionally, the conflicts are sometimes implausible.
Punctuated with exquisite illustrations, MEMORY’S WAKE is an enticing treat for fantasy-adventure fans.
Ricks’ writing is powerful and evocative. Her detailed and revealing descriptions get to the core of her characters and the story,
Jesse's family and friends are all portrayed so as to win the reader's heart. The book's main villains, including Rowan's mother, are all three-dimensional in their nastiness, not without motivation, even if it's rather horrible motivation.
The Australian-born author of this impressive first novel is also an accomplished cellist … Tulk’s chapters unfold with a kind of rhythmic inevitability.
The story is both well-written and thought-provoking, with the delicious eerie touch of a ghost story deftly blended with the tenderness of a young adult romance.
The story tries to do too many things at once …despite the educational value and the author’s good intentions, this book will likely appeal to a limited audience of readers.
Ramsay is a gifted storyteller who has created a lovely protagonist in the brave and noble Dott. Dott’s adventures are entertaining and accompanied by splendid sketches.
The premise of the story is creative, if a bit far-fetched, and the ending has an interesting twist or two to it. It is satisfying to watch the boys grow up and learn more about themselves during the course of the story...
In A Pocket Of Time is a fun, fast-paced page turner that children are going to love. Caleb is a smart character who comes up with clever ways to solve the problems that he faces.
Reading this seamless blend of science fiction and paranormal fantasy with Christian mysticism is not only wildly entertaining, it is deeply edifying — literary manna for the soul.
Fuller tells the story in direct language that even very young readers will understand. The moral is easy to understand, too, though the resolution comes perhaps a bit too easily.
The readable style capably delivers a history lesson likely unfamiliar to young readers.
Any sixth grade girl who's facing middle school as if it were a firing squad will find great comfort here. Both entertaining and useful, How to Survive is a winner.
Elementary school librarians and parents of young girls will surely want to add this series to their book collections.
Powered by an intriguingly complex antihero, richly described realm-building, relentless pacing, and a darkly lyrical and deeply philosophical narrative … simply unputdownable.
… you have to wonder if this story, heartfelt as it is, speaks to families whose health issues have a more challenging outcome.