Search Results: "Alison Hughes"


BOOK REVIEW

ON A SCALE FROM IDIOT TO COMPLETE JERK by Alison Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though it attempts Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it achieves lengthy science report. Skippable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Can a scientific study explain jerk-ish behavior, and will it earn J.J. a passing grade? Read full book review >

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RUPERT HUGHES by James O. Kemm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"History's verdicts are often unfair, but despite Kemm's best, belabored efforts to resurrect Cousin Rupert's reputation, he's arguing a losing case. (30 b&w photos)"
A tediously enthusiastic biography of a once celebrated man of letters. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE BACKYARD by Alison Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"A simple, predictable survival adventure. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Lost in the woods for three long, cold days, Flynn makes several mistakes that hinder his rescue and survival. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 14, 1968

"The casual but forceful thrust of his poetry, a recurrent concern for the mulatto, his tremendous versatility, the uncompromising posture are affirmed in a highly sympathetic but nevertheless reliable account of his life."
"To my mind it is the duty of the younger Negro artist. . . to change through the force of his art that old whispering 'I want to be white,' hidden in the aspiration of his people, to 'Why should I want to be white? I am a Negro—and beautiful!'" That was the twenty-four-year-old Hughes writing in The Nation in 1926 and it is an early sign of an integrity that he maintained throughout his life. Read full book review >

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LANGSTON HUGHES by Alice Walker
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"No bibliography or source notes are included. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The text of a 1974 picture-book biography of the poet Langston Hughes is reprinted, with new illustrations. Read full book review >

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HIT THE GROUND RUNNING by Alison Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Nail-biting yet endearing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dee and Eddie's father has been gone for six weeks. The money is running out. And child protective services has questions. Read full book review >

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POSER by Alison Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Plenty of fun, and substance too. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old boy just won't be able to hold his head up in his middle school if his friends find out he's a professional model. Read full book review >

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KINGS OF THE COURT by Alison Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Contrivances aside, a good-hearted story of gladiators, kings, and kids with dreams. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sameer and Vijay are not great basketball players, but they loyally find ways to contribute to their junior high school team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TED HUGHES by Jonathan Bate
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Unauthorized, yes, but worthy of becoming the standard life of Hughes. Illuminating, elegant, and excellent."
Imaginative, comprehensive biography of the writer best known in the United States not for his own work, but for his tragic marriage to the doomed Sylvia Plath. Read full book review >

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HOWARD HUGHES by Charles Higham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1993

"Undeniably a hypnotic portrait of a great American monster."
An outing of the billionaire closet bisexual by Higham, whose bios include lives of Cary Grant, Brando, Orson Welles, the Duchess of Windsor, and L.B. Mayer, among others. Read full book review >

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ALISON, WHO WENT AWAY by Vivian Vande Velde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The denouement, which comes in a seriocomic run to a funeral parlor the night of the eighth-grade dance, feels a little forced, but the unfolding of Susan's family's anguish is done at just the right pace, with each shard of emotion placed precisely. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Susan—who now wants people to call her Sibyl—is 14 and fiercely angry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALISON RULES by Catherine Clark
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Several cuts above the standard teen-weepie. (Fiction. YA)"
The Alison Rules are never specifically codified as such, but they are all based on one organizing premise: to keep Alison from moving beyond her mother's death from cancer the previous summer. Read full book review >