Category Archives: Book Review

Witty book would make the Bard proud

By Logan White Times-News correspondent     • “William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken”: by Ian Doescher. Quirk Books, copyright 2017. 165 pages. $14.95. To BB–8 or not to BB–8? That is the question posed by author Ian Doescher in his latest installment of “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.” Journey to a galaxy far, far away and [...]

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‘Red Dog’ is a coming-of-age story

Reviewed by Chandler Holland Times-News correspondent    “The Red Dog: A Tale of the Carolina Frontier (Lizzy’s Yarn, Volume 1)”: by Carole Troxler. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Copyright 2017. 170 pages; $11.99 paperback and $8.99 Kindle. “The Red Dog” is a story about Lizzy, a young girl orphaned in backcountry 18th century central North Carolina. [...]

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Scripted perfectly: ‘Cursed Child’ an interesting read

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two,” by J.K. Rowling. Arthur A. Levine Books; Special Rehearsal edition (July 31, 2016). 320 pages. Reviewed by Lily Pope Times-News correspondent “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is the eighth installment of the Harry Potter series and was based on the story idea by J.K. Rowling, author [...]

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New book shows sun god is only human

   “The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle,” by Rick Riordan. Disney Hyperion, 2016. 376 pages. “The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle” is a long-expected continuation of Rick Riordan’s first two series. Riordan’s latest novel takes place six months after the events in “The Heroes of Olympus” occur. In “The Hidden Oracle,” you follow [...]

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Latest ‘Warriors’ book filled with love, drama

“Moth Flight’s Vision: Warriors Special Edition,” by Erin Hunter. Copyright 2015, HarperCollins (528 pages, $11.58) Reviewed by Catherine Wiggins Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com    For all the fans who have been eagerly anticipating, the latest Warriors book is here. “Moth Flight’s Vision: Warriors Special Edition” tells the story of the Clan’s first medicine cat, Moth Flight. [...]

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‘The 5th Wave’ is a thrilling read

 “The 5th Wave,” by Rick Yancey. Copyright 2015, Speak (512 pages, $10.99)  Commentary by McKinley Webster Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com    “The 5th Wave” is the first book in a dystopian series with a third book coming out later this year. It follows a teenage girl named Cassie and how she survives the current situation Earth [...]

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Winter break boredom? Pick up a good book

Commentary by Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent teens20@timesnews.com    As schools are closed for the holiday season and any thoughts of algebra or biology are pushed aside, we teens need something to entertain ourselves. Yes, there’s always Netflix or YouTube, but what about a good book? Here are five entertaining novels that you can pick up during [...]

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‘Looking for Alaska’ is a unique, thought-provoking read

“Looking for Alaska,” by John Green. Copyright 2005, Dutton Books. (223 pages, $8.92) Reviewed by Leeann Williams Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com    John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” deals with mixed-up feelings about love, life and self-discovery. Miles Halter is a high school junior who doesn’t have a lot of friends. He has a quirky obsession with [...]

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‘Free Baseball’ an enticing read

“Free Baseball,” by Sue Corbett. Copyright 2006, Puffin Books. (152 pages; $5.99 paperback)  Reviewed by Caitlin Durham Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com    Sue Corbett’s “Free Baseball” carries many different underlying themes of love, family and growing up. The story is about a young kid named Felix who has moved to America with his mom. His dad [...]

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A fangirl’s guide to … well, everything

“A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek Girls,” by Sam Maggs. Copyright 2015, Quirk Books (208 pages, $11.50)  Reviewed by Catherine Wiggins Times-News correspondent teens20@thettimesnews.com    Have you ever wanted a book that describes what it’s like to be a fangirl? Well, “A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek [...]

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