Search Results: "Abdel Bari Atwan"


BOOK REVIEW

AFTER BIN LADEN by Abdel Bari Atwan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2013

"A sobering, intensive report."
An al-Qaida watcher lends some farsighted insight into the group's motivation and direction. Read full book review >

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THE BASEMENT by Bari Wood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 27, 1995

"Some lively scenes here and there but largely a wax turkey stuffed with wax grapes."
From the author, most recently, of Doll's Eyes (1993): a mild horror novel loaded with domestic description, turnoff vulgarity, and banal writing. Read full book review >

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DOLL'S EYES by Bari Wood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 26, 1993

"A lurid, loose-jointed tale whose frantic action and emotionalism nearly obscure the familiarity (Koontz, King, etc.) of Wood's themes."
Wood wrote three occult novels in the 80's (Amy Girl, 1987, etc.), but her current publisher is promoting her as the author of Twins (1977)—a telling comment on a sagging career that may lift a bit with this vivid if formulaic mix of occult and serial-killer chills. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDSHIP MATCHMAKER by Randa Abdel-Fattah
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"Abdel-Fattah demonstrates a savvy understanding of the middle school experience in this keenly observed tale. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Seventh-grader Lara Zany's reign as the self-appointed "Potts County Middle School official Friendship Matchmaker" is in peril. Read full book review >

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WHERE THE STREETS HAD A NAME by Randa Abdel-Fattah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A refreshing and hopeful teen perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma. (glossary of Arabic words) (Fiction. 9-12)"
As she did in Does My Head Look Big in This? (2007) and Ten Things I Hate About Me (2009), Abdel-Fattah introduces a bright, articulate Muslim heroine coping with contemporary life, this time during the West Bank Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2004. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVEN DAYS OF MAN by Abdel-Hakim Kassem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Western readers may, accordingly, respond less enthusiastically to this novel's meditative symbolic form than to the incidental pleasures offered by its (thankfully) more mundane subplots and vivid secondary characters."
The Seven Days Of Man ($24.95; June 1996; 220 pp.; 0-8101-1415-1). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRIANGLES by Arnold Shapiro
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"An especially good buy for home or classroom. (Picture book. 0-6)"
The most intriguing of three simultaneously published ``Playshapes'' board books (the others are Circles and Squares), this tall right triangle (with slightly rounded corners for safety and durability) opens to form an isosceles triangle that becomes the shape of a tree, the inside of a tent, a mountain, a sailboat, and a party hat. Read full book review >

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TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT ME by Randa Abdel-Fattah
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Written with insight, humor and sensitivity, Abdel-Fattah introduces a winning Muslim-Australian heroine who discovers that 'honesty is liberating.' (Fiction. 12-16)"
A 16-year-old Australian-Muslim-Lebanese teen wonders who she really is as she straddles two cultural realities. Read full book review >

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RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH
by Megan Labrise

To get the girl in Randa Abdel-Fattah’s YA novel, The Lines We Cross, Australian teenager Michael Blainey needs to get (and stay) “woke”—though it’s probably not the term he would use.

“I’m familiar with it,” Abdel-Fattah says of the slang usage denoting possession of a social justice consciousness, “but it’s very much an American-specific context word, although it certainly ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE FRIENDSHIP MATCHMAKER GOES UNDERCOVER by Randa Abdel-Fattah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Although she struggles in her efforts to resolve her managing ways, Lara's genuine kindness and compassion remain evident in this poignant sequel. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Seventh-grader Lara discovers just how difficult it can be to change established habits. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1994 by Tracy Kidder
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 1994

"A solid addition to an annual series that has won many plaudits."
Volume nine strains a bit to achieve its predecessors' diversity by stretching the definition of ``essay.'' Take, for example, the two longest contributions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUMPING JENNY by Ellen Bari
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Bari's story of one girl's approach to the Jewish principle of 'tikkun olam' (literally, 'repair the world') will resonate as readers watch Jenny achieve her exhausting, triumphant success. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl channels her exuberance and excessive pogo-stick jumping into a worthy fundraising venture. Read full book review >