Search Results: "Abby McDonald"


BOOK REVIEW

JANE AUSTEN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD by Abby McDonald
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 9, 2013

"Readers familiar with the original will enjoy seeing McDonald's spin, and those who are not will get the benefit of the tried-and-true plot all the same. (Romance. 12 & up)"
This modernization of Sense and Sensibility follows the classic book's basic plot, with the action set mostly in today's Hollywood. Read full book review >

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THE ANTI-PROM by Abby McDonald
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"Readers who found Sophomore Switch (2009) both fun and substantive will be disappointed with this effort, the literary equivalent of cotton candy: sweet and easy, but dissolves on contact. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Bliss, Jolene and Meg are each, for their own reasons, having an awful time at the prom. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Plain Janes and lovelorn teens will appreciate the sound self-help tips and be inspired by the stronger, deserves-better Sadie who emerges, ready to give love another chance. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A story about creating one's own identity is as common as a cup of joe but this is a bolder brew than most. The natural sweetener: Love is on the horizon for Sadie. Read full book review >

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SOPHOMORE SWITCH by Abby McDonald
ROMANCE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Her ostensibly simple, bubble-gum debut is actually chock-full of substance. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
When Tasha's hot-tub exploits hit the tabloids and Emily's boyfriend dumps her, they both look for a quick escape from college. Read full book review >

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DORY DORY BLACK SHEEP by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Dory's fans will be entertained by this further adventure; an early illustrated spread will quickly draw new readers into Dory's fantasmagorical worlds. (Fiction. 6-8)"
First-grader Dory's imagination exceeds her reading ability, but after a black sheep follows her out of the pages of a book, she decides to work at this new skill. Read full book review >

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DORY AND THE REAL TRUE FRIEND by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Old friends and new will hope this highly successful sequel will not be the last starring this inventive, original child. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Who will be 6-year-old Dory's friend at school if she doesn't take Mary the monster with her? Read full book review >

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WHAT’S INSIDE YOUR TUMMY, MOMMY? by Abby Cocovini
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Parents may choose to skip the limp conclusion, which welcomes the new baby but admonishes the older child to 'Remember to be quiet when the baby is asleep.' (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-6)"
This welcome, oversized English import tracks the stages of fetal development month by month in actual size in a format inviting comparison with a mother's belly. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR EMPIRE! by Abby Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A change of pace from the typical blood-and-guts approach to the topic, populous enough to sate even the most rabid dinophiles. (glossary) (Graphic informational fantasy. 9-11)"
A quick trip through the Mesozoic Era with a paleontologist is all young Ronnie needs to become a dino-maniac. Read full book review >

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ARE YOU MINE? by Abby Frucht
Released: April 2, 1993

"And the ending is just too cute, too slick—more a neat solution than a cosmic sacrifice."
Frucht (Snap, Fruit of the Month—both 1988) gives the ``Gift of the Magi'' a contemporary spin as she unevenly limns a very 1990's marriage. Read full book review >

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I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An earnest effort from a natural storyteller."
After her suicide, a mother hovers beyond life, observing her family and trying to help them move on. Read full book review >

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DORY FANTASMAGORY by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"Charming, funny and true to life. (Fiction. 6-9)"
With words, pictures and pictures with words, 6-year-old Dory, called Rascal, recounts how she finally gets her older brother and sister to play with her. Read full book review >

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STICKS & STONES by Abby Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"Elyse's struggles toward self-confidence will resonate with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) and all readers learning how to be comfortable in their own skins. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Due to a rare condition called cognadjivisibilitis, anything people say about 11-year-old Elyse appears on her arms and legs—part temporary tattoo, part eczema. Read full book review >