She is a watchful heroine — so much so that when, at the end of the story, she plays a role in a heroic act, it is precisely because she has been looking so closely. She proves herself to be as quietly powerful as this moving, evocative book.
Nathan's grit and his longing are what sustains the book..."Half Bad" is strongest when at its least fantastic, yet it still scores plenty of genre points, incorporating potions and portals and a rite of passage called the Giving, which also neatly serves as a ticking clock.
Zoe’s introspective and surprisingly humorous voice will strike a chord with readers as they dwell on the space between guilt and innocence.
...imbues his characters with a rare depth that makes each one worthy of his or her own novel. With its atmosphere of dread starting on page one, this story will haunt readers for some time.
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.
Green Eggs and Ham works on two levels. Children should try the healthy foods offered by parents. Parents should not quit offering new foods to children.
In her new book, “Reign of Error,” she arrows in more directly, and polemically, on the privatization movement, which she calls a “hoax” and a “danger” that has fed on the myth that schools are failing.
Rowell makes all of Cath’s relationships—with her father; Wren; her acerbic roommate, Reagan; and, especially, Reagan’s ex Levi...touching and utterly real.
Much more is revealed as this brilliant fiction works thrilling variations on, and consolations for, its plangent message: that “in the end, everyone loses everyone.” Yes, but look what Foer has found.
Librarians often say that every book is not for every child, but “The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp” is.
Girl, Interrupted wasn’t written for anyone but Kaysen herself...they were written for nobody’s benefit but her own. I hope writing Girl, Interrupted was very therapeutic for her, because reading it did absolutely nothing for me.
And although The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau, is certainly not one such novel that will go down in history, it is at least a very entertaining read, filled with suspense, intrigue, and all of the qualities expected in a dystopian thriller.
The beautiful writing, full of universal truths of loss and identity, makes each section a jewel, even if the bigger picture...sometimes feels disjointed.
The plot-driven books in the Theorodre Boone series focus on the story more than the characters. Like Nancy Drew, Theodore is somewhat two-dimensional, missing the real depth of a teenager.
A setup like this would be hard to resolve in one book, and Yancey doesn’t try; there’s plenty of room left for a sequel or two. Smart man.
The thing that distinguishes Anne from so many "girls' books" of the first half of the 20th century is its dark underside: this is what gives Anne its frenetic, sometimes quasi-hallucinatory energy, and what makes its heroine's idealism and indignation so poignantly convincing.
...his shrewd twists and turns are addictive from the get-go, and he stuns with his signature series sign-off, a cliffhanger leaving readers longing for its resolution.
Witty banter, sarcasm, love triangles and flying ponies (compliments of Eleanor) will be found in this story. The writing style may not be out of this world but it's a brilliant holiday read.
This well-known story marks the beginning of perhaps the greatest, possibly most influential, and certainly the most world-famous Victorian English fiction, a book that hovers between a nonsense tale and an elaborate in-joke.
It is, in fact, a model first sentence, one for the ages, and I apologize to it on humanity’s behalf for our having so prodigally abused its conceit in college papers, headlines on the Internet and other venues unbecoming of its excellence.