Search Results: "Ali Sparkes"


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FROG FREAKOUT by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not much of a leap, plotwise, but it should hop off shelves where the series has spawned fans. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Midway through this 14-volume British series, mad scientist Petty Potts follows her favorite experimental subjects, twins Josh and Danny Phillips, to summer camp with a new body-transforming concoction. Read full book review >

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SPIDER STAMPEDE by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A buggy blast; readers will be happy with the clear signs that that the twins' career as experimental subjects is far from over. (line drawings, glossary) (Fantasy. 7-9)"
A spray of strange fluid gives 8-year-old twins Josh and Danny both six extra legs and a quick trip down the bathtub drain in this icky but informative series opener. Read full book review >

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FLY FRENZY by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Readers will suck up this quick and gooey adventure like the 'fly-spit smoothie' that it is. (line drawings) (Fantasy. 7-9)"
The plot thickens with complications, plus various sorts of goo and slime, in the second episode of this boys-as-bugs series. Read full book review >

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OTTO: THE STORY OF A MIRROR by Ali Bahrampour
ADVENTURE
Released: May 14, 2003

"They'll root for bandy-legged Otto in his yellow-banded derby and giggle over the zany details in the soft-toned watercolor-and-ink drawings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Otto is bored with his job as a mirror who works at Topper's Hat Store reflecting the customers as they try on hats. Read full book review >

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CLEVER CHAMELEON by Ali Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An asset in any collection, story-timers will clamor to find the title character in each double-page spread. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The jungle animals, including walking stick, chameleon, parrot, lion, leopard, elephant, crocodile and giraffe, decide to play hide and seek. 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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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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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 >

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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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"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 >