Search Results: "Alexi Zentner"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LOBSTER KINGS by Alexi Zentner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"That corny ancient curse is an awkward fit with contemporary shenanigans."
An ugly turf war between Maine lobstermen is almost eclipsed by family mythology in this slow-moving second novel from Zentner (Touch, 2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORRI THE BAKER by Edward Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"Still, it's nice to see the underdog pull one off, and the work on the whole resonates with good humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Forri, the best village baker in the town of Ettai, makes some pretty oddly shaped loaves—they look like keys, fish, roots, roses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"Zentner writes with understanding and grace—a new voice to savor. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A touching debut chronicles the coming-of-age of three high school seniors, misfits and best friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zentner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 7, 2017

"A fine cautionary tale and journey toward wisdom, poignant and realistic. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Seventeen-year-old Carver Briggs feels responsible for the deaths of his best friends and must deal with his own life, now forever altered. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATHANIEL WILLY, SCARED SILLY by Judith Mathews
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"No source given. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-7)"
Nathaniel Willy is silly to be scared by a creaking door, but Gramma's sillier yet: each time she closes the door with a ``terrible squeak'' after kissing him good-night, he calls her back without saying why he's so frightened; and she tries to comfort him by bringing him yet another animal—cat, dog, pig, cow—until the bed breaks under the load. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOM, BABETTE, AND SIMON by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1995

"With scratchy b&w illustrations. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Shape-shifting adventures in a grand tradition. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Cover Story: After School Special
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Heartbreak and Hope
Bonus Factors: Therapy, Kickass Gram, Diversity
Anti-Bonus Factors: Violent Death, Awful Parents
Relationship Status: Here For You

Cover Story: After School Special

This cover doesn’t give much away about the story within, but it certainly ...


Read the full post >

BOOK REVIEW

HARMONICA NIGHT by M.C. Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

The ocean is the magnet that draws a family out at night for a moonlight picnic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ELIJAH DOOR by Linda Leopold Strauss
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The prudent message that all Jews are one family rings out clearly and joyfully. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
A foolish argument creates a feud that can only be resolved through a wisely engineered pretense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MATRESHKA by Becky Hickox--Adapt. Ayres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Ayres's lively retelling is delightful, accessibly colloquial in tone and sparked with Matreshka's rhyming chants; the Bulgarian-born artist's vibrant watercolors, with the lively figures silhouetted against a white ground, are just right for group sharing. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A winning tale involving the appealing Russian dolls that nest one within another. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER AND THE BLUE WITCH BABY by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"No source notes, though. (Folk tale. 7-9)"
A young Tsar in search of a wife incautiously spurns a witch's advances before finding true happiness with the Sun's little sister. Read full book review >