Search Results: "Alan Orloff"


BOOK REVIEW

KILLER ROUTINE by Alan Orloff
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 2011

"Good-hearted characters who aren't wimps make this premiere of the Last Laff series a winner."
He who laughs last lasts in this whodunit centered on a comedy club. Read full book review >

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DEADLY CAMPAIGN by Alan Orloff
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 2012

"Less witty than Orloff's debut (Killer Routine, 2011), this second installment focuses on minor characters who aren't as intriguing as the mainstays."
An out-of-service comedian turns investigator in a political race to the death. Read full book review >

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IN DREAMS by Erica Orloff
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"Solid. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)"
Orloff mixes suspense, romance and Greek mythology to tell the tale of a 16-year-old girl who learns that her dreams might kill her. Read full book review >

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ILLUMINATED by Erica Orloff
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A beach read that might inspire an interest in history. (Romance. 12-17)"
The hunt for the origins of a medieval tome sets the backdrop for revelations and romance in a Boston teen's savvy first-person tale. 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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BOOK REVIEW

I WANNA IGUANA by Karen Kaufman Orloff
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A familiar domestic interchange, played out with broad comedy—and mutual respect, too. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In epistolary dialogue with his mom, a lad yearning for an iguana tries various approaches, from logic and sweet talk to emotional blackmail. Read full book review >

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TALK, OSCAR, PLEASE! by Karen Kaufman Orloff
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Though the rhymes are at times a little forced, the message of a boy's love for and kinship with his dog speaks for itself. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Oscar is a friendly pup who can make lots of noises: yips and howls, barks and growls, whimpers and wheezes. Read full book review >

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I WANNA NEW ROOM by Karen Kaufman Orloff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A sneaky lesson wrapped up in a flaky bundle of fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Alex has his iguana (I Wanna Iguana, 2004), but now, thanks to Baby Annie, he has to share his room with his little brother Ethan. Read full book review >

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I WANNA GO HOME by Karen Kaufman Orloff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2014

"A clever conceit ably rendered; this is bound to prove popular with loving grandparents and caustic kids alike. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child's skepticism takes a header when a vacation with Grandma and Grandpa proves more wild than mild. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A fine nonfiction collection, marred only by its rather odd title. (bibliography) (Nonfiction/collective biography. 9-14)"
Each of the five people profiled in this fascinating collection has won a National Heritage Fellowship, but young readers probably won't care about that. Read full book review >

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ALAN BURDICK
by Gregory McNamee

Time is fleeting. Time flies. There’s never enough of it. With apologies to Irma Thomas, the greatest interpreter of the song “Time Is On My Side,” it’s really not.

We modern humans are bound to clocks, to having to be particular places at particular moments, to occupying certain points of the space-time continuum at, well, certain points. But thus ...


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NIGHT HUNGER by Alan Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Reads like preteen-authored Twilight fanfic; only worth it for its intended purpose. (Horror. 11-17)"
Cursed with a ravenous nighttime appetite, will John hurt the ones he loves? Read full book review >