Search Results: "Adam Selzer"


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JUST KILL ME by Adam Selzer
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Fascinating history, witty Disney references, and a dash of homicide; what more could anyone want? (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In his latest novel, Selzer (Play Me Backwards, 2014, etc.) brings together ghost tours, the Oxford English Dictionary, and the pitfalls of online dating in a darkly humorous collision. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"Pervasive strong language and subject matter bump up the target audience, but there's definite appeal in the 'kid-wins-over-teacher' plot and some real laughs along the way to victory. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Eighth-grader Leon Noside Harris is in the "gifted pool" at school. Read full book review >

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ADAM by Ariel Schrag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"A well-composed story about love and lust in all their myriad variations and about a boy finding his place in a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world."
An emotionally mature, socially tongue-tied and sexually anxious teenage boy abandons the comforts of suburbia for a walk on the wild side in LGBT New York. Read full book review >

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I KISSED A ZOMBIE, AND I LIKED IT by Adam Selzer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"Hilarious. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Ever since the post-humans (werewolves, vampires and zombies) revealed themselves to humans, high school for Alley has been a real drag. Read full book review >

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ANDREW NORTH BLOWS UP THE WORLD by Adam Selzer
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"That said, the odd characters and the silly, over-the-top chapter intros that feature Andrew's spy-mission imaginings will entertain sophisticated readers looking for fluff adventure. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Third grader Andrew "Danger" North can't wait to get into the family business. Read full book review >

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PIRATES OF THE RETAIL WASTELAND by Adam Selzer
FICTION
Released: April 8, 2008

"Float it toward tweener sitcom fans. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Looking for fresh triumphs in the wake of the brouhaha caused by his avant-garde sex-ed film in How to Get Suspended and Influence People (2007), geeky eighth-grader Leon joins the rest of his Gifted Pool cronies in filming a semi-mock takeover of the local Starbucks clone, Wackfords. Read full book review >

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H.H. HOLMES by Adam Selzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A passion for Holmes lore will lead to appreciation for the depth of background and lesser criminal exploits described in great detail, but the audience will remain limited."
An attempt to unmask an infamous mass murderer. Read full book review >

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PLAY ME BACKWARDS by Adam Selzer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Surprisingly heartfelt. (Fiction. 14-16)"
In his final year of high school, Leon must choose between maintaining his comfortable existence or blowing it all up to chase something greater. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Dec. 22, 2009

"They just won't know if the Smart Alecks have been as wrong about lots of stuff as the teachers and historians they disparage, as they are far too cool to include anything like, say, a bibliography. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Written by "a bunch of comedians who snuck into being historians through the back door," this irreverent guide to American history takes readers from the earliest days of settlement to the presidency of Barack Obama. Read full book review >

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I PUT A SPELL ON YOU by Adam Selzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Dedicated to Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Mark Felt, Chrissie's fellows in investigative reporting. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Alternating voices relate this farcical mystery. Read full book review >

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ADAM & EVELYN by Ingo Schulze
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2011

"A novel rich in dialogue and in its examination of a contemporary fall from grace."
A novel that works on many levels—the personal, the political and even the mythological. Read full book review >