Search Results: "Adam Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ORPHAN MASTER'S SON by Adam Johnson
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Ambitious and very well written, despite the occasional overreach. When it's made into a film, bet that Kim Jong Il will want to score an early bootleg."
Note to self: Do not schedule a vacation in North Korea, at least not without an escape plan. Read full book review >

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PARASITES LIKE US by Adam Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2003

"Maybe overwriting is the only way to handle the end of civilization. Seems to work here."
Anthropologists open Pandora's box in South Dakota. Read full book review >

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EMPORIUM by Adam Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"The weirdest possible blend of Kenneth Patchen, Max Apple, and Tom Clancy. Certainly a vision that should be put under close surveillance."
A debut collection of nine very odd tales that stretch the bounds of storytelling—in a youthful vision that already seems too big for the britches of the short story. Read full book review >

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FORTUNE SMILES by Adam Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Bittersweet, elegant, full of hard-won wisdom: this is no ordinary book, either."
A half-dozen sometimes Carver-esque yarns that find more-or-less ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges and somehow holding up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EIDOLON CHRONICLES, #1 by Jane Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Stay tuned. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A talking cat pitches young Ben Arnold into the role of semi-reluctant Hero, as a scheme to drain Eidolon, the Hidden Land, of magic by importing its creatures to this plane puts him up against his cruel uncle and a powerful, dog-headed sorcerer. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW WORLD by Jane Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"The author evidently couldn't think of any other way to keep the series going—but there's a Prophecy to fulfill, and you know what that means. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The second episode in this formulaic fantasy shifts the scene to the otherworldly Secret Country. Read full book review >

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IF YOU LOVE SOMETHING, LET IT GO
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Cover Story: Night and Day
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Past and Present
Anti-Bonus Factor: Mental Illness
Relationship Status: Let’s Be Friends

Cover Story: Night and Day

One boy walks in the night. The other, in the day. Never the twain shall meet.

The ...


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TAKING THINGS SLOW WITH ADAM RAPP
by Julie Danielson

Adam Rapp is no stranger to the arts. He is a novelist, playwright, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist (2005’s play, Red Light Winter), and his young adult novel Punkzilla was awarded a 2010 Printz Honor. Kirkus reviewers over the years have noted his talents in “pushing the boundaries of fiction for teens,”as well ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NAUGHTY KITTY! by Adam Stower
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"Funny enough to create sincere longings for a hapless house cat and its large rampaging cousin. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Is Lily's soft, tiny kitty wreaking havoc, or might there be an escaped tiger lurking about? Read full book review >

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SLAM! by Adam Stower
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"Not a lullaby by any stretch, but good for a guffaw. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boy slams a door. This is not late-breaking news. Read full book review >

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PING WANTS TO PLAY by Adam Gudeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This playful story offers plenty of support to new readers. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Ping and Pong are canine companions who demonstrate caring cooperation in this pleasant, predictable story for emergent readers. Read full book review >

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MOONDAY by Adam Rex
Kirkus Star
by Adam Rex, illustrated by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This mashup of the ordinary and the far-out, of a little neighborhood and a giant, glowing orb from outer space, thrills. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The moon follows a girl home, takes up residence in her yard and stays put—keeping the sun from rising and the town stuck in a drowsy stupor. Enchanting language and a jaw-dropping premise place readers under a similar somnolent spell. Read full book review >