Search Results: "A.M. Jenkins"


BOOK REVIEW

BREAKING BOXES by A.M. Jenkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"But Charlie's tale becomes compelling because he is a character to care for, and the novel articulates with appreciable clarity the emotional risks of opening up to others. (Fiction. 12+)"
The protagonist in this engaging novel has an unusual number of problems to contend with. Read full book review >

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NIGHT ROAD by A.M. Jenkins
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2008

"A slow but ultimately satisfying tour through vampire country. (Fiction. YA)"
The "v" word that saturates YA literature these days is anathema to the sun-challenged "hemovores" in Printz Honor-winning author Jenkins' undead road-trip novel. Read full book review >

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BEATING HEART by A.M. Jenkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"A winner. (Fiction. YA)"
Two interwoven stories, one in poetry, one in prose, and two teens, one a modern boy, the other a ghost, interact in this deftly crafted outing. Read full book review >

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REPOSSESSED by A.M. Jenkins
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"Though the replacement of a real boy with a do-gooder, lackadaisical demon makes this effort feel less directly urgent, less real than Beating Heart (2006), Kiriel's own search for meaning and direction from his own realm in this new life packs an intriguingly deep wallop. (Fiction. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old slacker Shaun steps off the curb and is smacked by a cement-mixer truck. Read full book review >

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DAMAGE by A.M. Jenkins
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Seductive, chilling, and ultimately satisfying. (Fiction. YA)"
This highly realistic portrayal of a high school boy nearing suicide draws readers into a personal experience of severe depression. Read full book review >

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OUT OF ORDER by A.M. Jenkins
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Jenkins's insight into Colt's adolescent thinking and into the common problems with which he copes will appeal to many young readers. (Fiction. YA)"
Colt Trammel swaggers through his sophomore year shoving a huge rebellious streak in his teachers' faces. Read full book review >

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MUSIC FOR TORCHING by Homes A.M.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"People will be talking about this one. (QPB featured alternate; author tour)"
Paul and Elaine Weiss have a very bad ten days in this newest by Homes (The End of Alice, 1996, etc.), who takes her penchant for extreme situations and behavior to the suburbs. Read full book review >

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THE MISTRESS’S DAUGHTER by Homes A.M.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2007

"Ultimately off-putting and unappealing, due to a whiny, self-pitying attitude conveyed in overwrought prose."
Adopted as a newborn, novelist Homes (This Book Will Save Your Life, 2006, etc.) finally meets her biological parents. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A 6TH GRADE SLEEPWALKING WARRIOR by A.M. Shah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"Comic adventures and serious courage mix well in this middle-grade novel."
In this comedy/horror chapter book, a boy sleepwalks into another world where he must fight a demon. Read full book review >

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TERMINAL RAGE by A.M. Khalifa
Released: Jan. 5, 2014

"An intense, action-packed read for fans of political thrillers."
In Khalifa's debut novel, a former FBI agent returns from a self-imposed exile in order to tackle a hostage negotiation. Read full book review >

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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW by Homes A.M.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Far from perfect but never dull, and the author impresses as always with her willingness to take risks."
A second collection from Homes (after The Safety of Objects, 1990, coming soon to a theater near you) is focused as usual on suburban angst and extreme behavior. Read full book review >

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MAY WE BE FORGIVEN by A.M. Homes
Released: Sept. 27, 2012

"The formula of shock treatment followed by sentimental affirmation was fresher in Homes' Music for Torching (1999) and This Book Will Save Your Life (2006), and it's hard to take seriously social commentary grounded in such bizarre particulars."
After a grim foray into memoir, Homes (The Mistress's Daughter, 2007, etc.) returns to fiction with the tale of a beleaguered history professor. Read full book review >