Search Results: "Alissa Grosso"


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POPULAR by Alissa Grosso
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2011

"An interesting ending makes the inconsistent path worth the ride. (Fiction. YA)"
Everyone knows that high-school senior Hamilton Best throws the best and most exclusive parties. Read full book review >

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SHALLOW POND by Alissa Grosso
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 8, 2013

"The three sisters are memorable characters, but by introducing science treated so superficially, the author renders her plotline as shallow as her pond. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Three sisters feel trapped in their tiny rural town, unable to find a way out. Read full book review >

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FEROCITY SUMMER by Alissa Grosso
Released: May 8, 2012

"While peer pressure may be difficult to resist, this novel is not. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A troubled teen tries to understand how her life has hit rock bottom in this clumsily executed, issue-cluttered novel. Read full book review >

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INDIE SPIRITUALIST by Chris Grosso
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"It's an artifice, sure, but compared to nonsense like The Secret, indie spiritualism has a lot going for it—maybe even some actual sincerity."
In a mixed bag of introspective insights and navel-gazing, Grosso tells the story of how he finally entered recovery after years of drug and alcohol abuse, which set him on the path of investigating his spiritual side far outside of organized religion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"A challenging read for educators and parents alike."
A former child prodigy explores the pressures on gifted children to excel. Read full book review >

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I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This is a worthy and entertaining read about how talent develops and what the potential consequences of pursuing it are: drumroll, please, for a fine homage to spirited single-mindedness. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sam hears drumbeats in her head, so it's hard for her to think about anything but her passionate need to become an accomplished drummer. Read full book review >

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REPUBLIC OF OUTSIDERS by Alissa Quart
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A thought-provoking examination of counterculture through the eyes of those living life just outside the conventional box."
The ways in which a cross-section of intrepid renegades finds contentment and success by swimming upstream. Read full book review >

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GRAPES FROM THORNBUSHES by Alissa Ordabai
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A fresh, sharp, funny take on a showbiz staple."
An up-and-coming rock musician worries about selling out in this satirical bildungsroman. Read full book review >

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TWELVE DANCING UNICORNS by Alissa Heyman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Clichéd but attractive to its target audience. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What is the secret of the 12 unicorns? Read full book review >

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A TALENT FOR TRICKERY by Alissa Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"This is worth a read because of the twists in the criminal investigation, in spite of a not-so-scintillating love story."
A viscount investigating a murder for the crown is reunited with the beautiful daughter of a criminal he nabbed several years before. Read full book review >

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TAMPA by Alissa Nutting
Released: July 2, 2013

"A taxing attempt to penetrate the mind of female child molesters with grimy, mundane results."
A middle school teacher in Tampa, Fla., goes to outrageous lengths to hide her voracious sexual appetite for adolescent boys. Read full book review >

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MERCY by Alissa York
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"The fallen priest is an old story, but newcomer York's searing images mark her as a talent to watch."
Two devout Catholics, yielding to temptation, destroy three lives in this intermittently powerful first novel, a Canadian counterpart to Southern Gothic. Read full book review >