Search Results: "Alan E. Sparks"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An engaging, evocative work, despite its split personality."
Sparks (Dreaming of Wolves, 2010) recalls trekking through the Carpathian Mountains in this memoir and history of Eastern Europe. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2010

"A thoroughly enjoyable read for animal lovers and explorers alike."
An engaging diary of a wolf-finding expedition in Transylvania. Read full book review >

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SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES by Alan E. Nourse
HEALTH
Released: April 1, 1992

"Glossary; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Nourse has written several other books for teens about AIDS, safe sex, and related subjects. Read full book review >

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FALLING HARD by Megan Sparks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"This fun romp of a girls' sports story would make a highly watchable flick (and arguably already has, given its resemblance to the 2009 film Whip It). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Roller derby and cheerleading are even farther apart than London and Liberty Heights, Ill. Read full book review >

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LOTUS BLUE by Cat Sparks
Released: March 7, 2017

"The epitome of a slow burn, with a drawn-out plot and leisurely pace, this jigsaw puzzle requires full attention to piece together. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A post-apocalyptic vision from Australia. Read full book review >

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VIOLLET by Julia Cunningham
Released: Nov. 12, 1966

"Viollet La Grive is believable, but her story is not."
Because of the controversy over Dorp Dead, this will be of considerable interest to librarians, but it is not likely to carry much conviction for children. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"Cook successfully establishes the mathematical foundation needed for construction with a witty, conversational tone that clarifies math while instilling confidence in a reader's capacity to practically apply numbers."
This step-by-step guide to mastering basic construction math utilizes the building of a hypothetical bungalow as an occasion to lightheartedly relate mathematical thinking to practical application. Read full book review >

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GEORGIA TO GEORGIA by Laurie Dolphin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 1991

"This innovative grass-roots initiative toward international understanding deserves a fuller, more careful report. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Joe Schulten's mother organized a program of letter-writing by children in Atlanta to children in Tbilisi, in the Republic of Georgia, U.S.S.R. (``Project Peace Tree''). Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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"A compelling mystery too concerned with the details."
A sweeping narrative about a strange, orphaned girl and the college town pulled into her orbit. Read full book review >

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SO I MARRIED A SORCERER by Kerrelyn Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A dense but enjoyable fantasy romance."
An exiled princess and a sorcerer pirate find love on the high seas, but their histories could tear them apart. Read full book review >

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1998

"But enough already. (First printing of 750,000; film rights to Warner Bros.)"
Famous from the best-sellerdom of The Notebook (1996), Sparks sails again into the waters of many tears—though this time, thanks to fewness of charms in the writing and diminished reason to suspend disbelief, Kleenex sales are likely to remain stable. Read full book review >