Search Results: "Ali Benjamin"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In middle school, where "Worst Thing" can mean anything from a pimple to public humiliation, Suzy "Zu" Swanson really has a reason to be in crisis: her former best friend has died unexpectedly, and the seventh-grader is literally silenced by grief and confusion. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Readers will come away feeling inspired by Rawl's work as an HIV/AIDS speaker and anti-bullying advocate. (author's note, further resources) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Rawl's journey from secrecy to acceptance thanks to her friends and family makes for a compelling memoir. Read full book review >

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PAPER HEARTS  by Ali Novak
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 4, 2017

"An undemanding, wish-fulfillment romance. (Romance. 14-16)"
Another fluffy romance between a girl and a boy-band member, following The Heartbreakers (2015). Read full book review >

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THE WHOLE STORY by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2004

"Clever, stylish, and smooth in prose, but too cool to engage."
A young British author self-consciously seasons stories of love and abandonment with sometimes awkward touches of the gothic, surreal, and mythic. Read full book review >

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ALENTEJO BLUE by Monica Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2006

"The drastic change of scene, though maybe necessary for artistic growth, has left Ali oddly adrift."
The British Ali follows her stunning debut (Brick Lane, 2003) with these linked stories set in a Portuguese village. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Abunimah's proposal requires deep reservoirs of good will and a willingness to forget at least a few injuries. History will determine whether it's a pipe dream, but it deserves the widest discussion."
"What will it take to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians?" asks a Palestinian-American journalist. His answer is a bold proposal indeed. Read full book review >

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LIKE by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Lyrical but elliptical writing that ultimately bleeds the pain and passion out."
In a loosely threaded first novel, Scottish writer Smith luminously evokes the long, dark shadow cast by obsessions born in adolescence. Read full book review >

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PLATO'S ACADEMY AND THE ETERNAL KEY by Ali Gray
Released: April 14, 2014

"A quick overview of complex philosophical subjects, told in an approachable way."
Gray's debut middle-grade novel blends fundamentals of philosophy with time-travel fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE TREES by Ali Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A big, unclassifiable novel; it's worth the effort to enter a world that is never what it appears."
An ecological sermon, bildungsroman, mystery, fairy tale, and horror story all combined into a novel about an improbable journey. Read full book review >

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Mirral by Ali AlAttar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2015

"Readers intrigued by moral ambivalence will enjoy this addition to the genre."
A well-conceived blend of fantasy and sci-fi whose numerous characters and complex back story will keep readers on their toes. Read full book review >

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"A hard-hitting exploration of Iran's dark realities."
Young Iranians cope with political repression, poverty and sexual exploitation in this searing collection of stories. Read full book review >