Search Results: "Adrienne Maria Vrettos"


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BURNOUT by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Stark, compelling, perceptive: a winner. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A high-school junior falls in with a reckless companion who leads her into a dangerous lifestyle in this gritty, suspenseful character study. Read full book review >

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SIGHT by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Too many storylines occurring at once spoil the tension, and too many characters get little or no development. (Fiction. YA)"
Dylan Driscoll's gift of seeing dead children and experiencing sensory perceptions of how they died is really more of a curse. Read full book review >

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SKIN by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"A marvelous debut featuring an unforgettable character whose affective voice captures the ill-effects of psychological disorders on families. (Fiction. YA)"
First-time novelist Vrettos finds a fresh angle for a familiar topic by focusing her story about Karen, an anorexic, on Donnie, her younger brother. Read full book review >

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BEST FRIENDS FOR NEVER by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"In the end the book feels as though it needed a couple more drafts to pull all its elements into balance. (Magical realism. 8-12)"
Moving to small-town Massachusetts from Brooklyn wasn't easy for 12-year-old narrator Hattie, but she lucked into a group of friends fairly quickly. Read full book review >

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THE EXILE OF GIGI LANE by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FICTION
Released: April 6, 2010

"That quibble aside, the bleak humor and plot twists bring a new perspective to mean-girl stereotypes. (Fiction. YA)"
Gigi Lane is just hours from ruling her all-girls school as the Head Hottie, the leader of its most exclusive clique, the Hot Spot. Read full book review >

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LITTLE ELEPHANT'S WALK by Adrienne Kennaway
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"Classified as fiction, but less a story than an excellent introduction to African wildlife. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The 1988 Greenaway winner (Crafty Chameleon), who is noted for striking watercolors illustrating animal fables, surveys African animals as seen by Little Elephant while he roams the plains and forests with his mother. Read full book review >

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TIMOTHY AND THE DRAGON’S GATE by Adrienne Kress
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Though at least as wordy as its predecessor, the tale's snarky dialogue, sudden twists, authorial asides and daffy characters will keep readers turning the pages. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
The eponymous young heroine of Alex and The Ironic Gentleman (2007) sails in about halfway through to play a supporting role in this equally tongue-in-cheek sequel. Read full book review >

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IN THE QUIET by Adrienne Ross
Released: March 1, 2000

"This tender and touching story of love, loss, and rediscovery is strongly plotted and poetically told, but the characters make it count; every one of them is someone readers will want to meet again. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Things lost, things found, and their seekers are at the center of this novel about a girl's prolonged mourning for her mother. Read full book review >

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NO ONE CAN KNOW by Adrienne LaCava
MYSTERY THRILLER

"A riveting historical novel, featuring brisk plotting and engaging characters."
LaCava's well-researched, character-driven debut thriller tells a tale of CIA involvement in President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Read full book review >

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THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO by Adrienne Barbeau
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2006

"Far from a classic, but better than the standard actor bio."
From Broadway to sitcoms to HBO to off-Broadway in a few short decades. Read full book review >

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MAN CAMP by Adrienne Brodeur
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2005

"Facile, silly and insulting to both sexes. Will probably be a big hit."
Two Manhattan women decide the urban men in their lives need retooling in order to be worthwhile spouses—or at least first dates: a chick-lit debut by the founding editor of Zoetrope. Read full book review >

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FIRST LOVE by Adrienne Sharp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2005

"A noteworthy, if melancholy, examination of the dancer's life: years of suffering for moments of beauty."
A fine debut imagines George Balanchine's last year—and depicts the elegant, often brutal world of ballet. Read full book review >