Search Results: "Alison Blank"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"Who knew the biography of a germ could be so fascinating? (acknowledgments, picture credits, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Murphy and Blank chronicle the story of the tuberculosis microorganism, the greatest serial killer of all time. Read full book review >

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DARK DAYS AND BLOOD REBELLIONS
by Thea James

What is it about the clever blend of magic and classic aristocracy that is so pleasing to read? The mix of enchantment, romance, and classism is a tried and true bouquet, from books like Sherwood Smith’s much beloved YA duology Crown Duel/Court Duel to movies like the newest iteration of Beauty and the Beast.

Like so many others who ...


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BOOK REVIEW

KARMA FOR BEGINNERS by Jessica Blank
FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"The soundtrack of classic rock and '80s New Wave is pretty awesome, but the trite messages—sex doesn't fulfill; guys are trouble—are hardly worth the journey. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After a promising debut in 2007's Almost Home, Blank strikes out. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"More personal information about Blank would have been welcome; even so, a delightfully offbeat travelogue."
Part travel-journal, part retelling of an Indian epic, part cultural and political analysis, this first book by a former editor of Tokyo's Asahi Evening News is both eclectic and ambitious. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"The author uses wisdom and wit to substantiate her contention that love and passion are not definable by biology."
Independent scholar Blank, a social historian who has written extensively on sexual subjects (Virgin: The Untouched History, 2007; Big Big Love: A Sourcebook on Sex for People of Size and Those Who Love Them, 2000), turns her attention to changing attitudes toward mainstream sexual identity. Read full book review >

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ALMOST HOME by Jessica Blank
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Examining the ties that bring people together and force them apart, this is a harsh and honest view of homeless teen life in the city of angels. (Fiction. YA)"
The streets of Los Angeles offer an escape to a group of teenagers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1999

"A garrulous handyman chronicle of a ubiquitous corporation, this text is constructed of plain pine, without a coat of writer's varnish, by a couple of guys in orange aprons. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A pair of hardware merchandising buddies chat about how they built one of the most successful big-box retailers ever. Read full book review >

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FREDDY & FRITO AND THE CLUBHOUSE RULES by Alison Friend
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"This playful, lighthearted lesson about peacekeeping and place-keeping serves as the introduction of Friend's Freddy & Frito, and readers will look forward to their further adventures. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Fox kit Freddy and little mouse Frito's imaginative play dates are hampered by the rules of their respective homes, so why don't these two friends build a big clubhouse all their own? Read full book review >

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123 by Alison Jay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Just wonderful. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Jay offers a worthy companion to her ABC: A Child's First Alphabet Book (2003) that is winsome and clever, with many layers to explore. Read full book review >

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UNTIL I SAW THE SEA by Alison Shaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"Well-chosen content; top-notch visuals. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
A themed anthology—somehow there haven't been many on this subject for children—of 19 poems, some anonymous or traditional, most by such familiar names as Robert Louis Stevenson, e.e. cummings, Myra Cohn Livingston, and David McCord. Read full book review >

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ISABELLA'S BED by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

When they visit Grandmother, the children sleep in ``Isabella's'' handsome bed and explore the trunk of South American treasures at its foot. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE THAT ZACK BUILT by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Perfect for giggling and sharing and right on target for lap-time reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A new version of a beloved classic. Read full book review >