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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BEHIND THE MASKS
by Leila Roy

Flannery O’Connor, my favorite author: That’s who I need right now. Flannery would take me away from here and deposit me into her fictitious world crawling with self-righteous saints and larger-than-life misfits. And I’d feel okay there because Flannery took care of things. Justice got served.
Saints and Misfits, by S.K. Ali

Janna Yusuf has had a long-time ...


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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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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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"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 >

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FEAR OF MIRRORS by Tariq Ali
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 16, 1998

"Here's the answer."
Historian and novelist Ali (Redemption, 1991, etc.) charts the lives of a family of activists from the days of the Russian Revolution to the post-Wall malaise of our times. 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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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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ARTFUL by Ali Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"A soulful intellectual inquiry and reflection on life and art, artfully done."
Acclaimed Scottish novelist Smith (There but for the, 2011, etc.) considers the places where art and life intersect, sometimes collide and meld. Read full book review >

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UNTOLD STORY by Monica Ali
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2011

"Despite the bold premise, this gifted writer has, uncharacteristically, settled for less."
Princess Di is alive and well and living incognito in an ordinary American town in this buzzy fourth novel from the British Ali (In the Kitchen, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >