Search Results: "Allen Zadoff"


BOOK REVIEW

I AM THE MISSION by Allen Zadoff
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 2014

"A more dangerous Alex Rider for the older set. (Thriller. 13-17)"
An unnamed soldier infiltrates a teen military camp and picks up where his lost colleague left off. Read full book review >

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I AM THE WEAPON by Allen Zadoff
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 11, 2013

"Fast, furious and fun. (This book was originally published as Boy Nobody and later retitled.) (Thriller. 14 & up)"
An unnamed teen assassin finds himself torn between a girl and his mission. Read full book review >

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SINCE YOU LEFT ME by Allen Zadoff
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Two reveals plus the lie's exposure surprisingly lead to relief for Sanskrit's soul; hopefully moral growth follows. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Funny and glum, neglected yet self-serving, Sanskrit Aaron Zuckerman ("that's my name, in all its confusing glory") trudges through junior year with a large, stupid lie on his shoulders. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Is it worth humanizing one oft-slammed group—fat teens—at another group's expense? (Fiction. YA)"
Warm, witty prose chronicles a fat teenager finding himself while the text sacrifices other demographic groups. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: May 10, 2011

"Though not a Broadway sensation, this mostly solid tale ultimately appeals. (Fiction. YA)"
Drama begets drama in this examination of relationships set against the backdrop of a high-school theater production. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO'S AT THE DOOR? by Jonathan Allen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A winning and funny variation on an old theme. (Picture book. 3-8)"
It's the shifty-eyed wolf at the pigs' door, but neither his several disguises (a blowzy old lady; a policeman) nor the mendacious reasons he offers for coming in (``I've locked myself out...Can I...use your phone?''; ``There's a suspicious old lady in the area'') deceive the three pigs; once they've had enough, they concoct their own disguise and frighten the wolf away with a satisfyingly clever role reversal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POOR LITTLE GUY by Elanna Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"A clear victory for a pufferfish and, more importantly, readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A small, bespectacled pufferfish must face the everyday reality of being a small fish in a world full of big fishes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUSIC FOR ALICE by Allen Say
FICTION
Released: March 29, 2004

"Each of Say's exquisite paintings tells a story; together they create a moving testament to a life of hard work and dreams—dreams that find fulfillment in unanticipated ways. (Picture book. All ages)"
Understated full-page water-color paintings and a spare text tell the life story of Alice Sumida, who "loved dancing more than anything else." Read full book review >

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THE LAURA LINE by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Smartly rigged with history and graced with quick dialogue, the novel sails with Laura's snappy quips. Unfortunately, the story's emotional core sinks, leaving readers unsatisfied and adrift. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Modern sass combines with a historical twist, making an uneven blend of middle school melodrama and the bitter realities of slavery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"This stands out for its unusual setting and smooth integration of friendship and family concerns. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sucked into "business" with a crooked classmate, bowling fanatic Lamar Washington makes good money faking his skills, but when a disruptive prank reveals his new friend Billy's duplicity, he realizes how wrong it was to aim to be "the smoothest baddest dude" in Coffin, Ind. Read full book review >