Search Results: "Allison Whittenberg"


BOOK REVIEW

ALLISON by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"He addresses the dark side of an adoptive child's feelings carefully, and while the resolution is a bit convenient (and may require interpretation for younger children), it still carries truth. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Say's trademark nuanced and limpid watercolors convey and complete the emotional resonance of this adoption story. Read full book review >

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HOLLYWOOD & MAINE by Allison Whittenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Though readers need not be familiar with the first offering to enjoy the charm of this one, there are some allusions that will be clearer if they are. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Negotiations involving first love, a potential modeling career and a ne'er-do-well uncle prove challenging for 15-year-old Charmaine (Maine) in this gently humorous second installment about life in the Upshaw family. Read full book review >

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LIFE IS FINE by Allison Whittenberg
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 11, 2008

"Though prone to some convenient plot liberties, Whittenberg has penned an overall hopeful tale for Samara, like the Langston Hughes poem for which the novel was named. (Fiction. YA)"
For 15-year-old Samara Tuttle, life is anything but fine. Read full book review >

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TUTORED by Allison Whittenberg
FICTION
Released: Dec. 14, 2010

"Ambitious and thought-provoking, if flawed. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
The politics of ethnicity and class are heavily at play in this work of romantic fiction. Read full book review >

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SWEET THANG by Allison Whittenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2006

"Well-crafted entertainment-grade books about African-American teens are all too rare, and this is a solid contribution to the genre. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Three years after the death of her Auntie Karyn and the subsequent arrival of her terminally adorable cousin Tracy John into the family, 14-year-old Charmaine still hasn't come to terms with this reality. Read full book review >

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ALLISON HEWITT IS TRAPPED by Madeleine Roux
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A treat for lovers of groaners and roamers with neither enough gore nor pathos to keep casual readers engaged."
A fierce young bookseller blogs the zombie apocalypse in this debut novel from Wisconsin resident Roux. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE FORKED ROAD by John Allison
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2017

"A delightfully quirky series whose eccentric charms haven't faltered. (Graphic mystery/fantasy. 10-14)"
In this seventh installment, the sleuths from Griswold's Grammar School unravel yet another case involving a mysterious portal and a time-bending troublemaker. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE LONELY ONE by John Allison
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 21, 2015

"Funny and clever, but most likely to only satisfy fans who have been with the gang since the beginning. (Graphic mystery/sci-fi. 12-16)"
A group of students at a British school all become friends with a strange new boy who eats onions; one student suspects something odd's afoot and must discover the truth before it's too late. Read full book review >

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YOU'RE THE ONE I WANT by Shane Allison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Overwrought, overdramatic, overwritten, underedited."
A husband's twin brother and his wife's best friend will go to any lengths to break up the couple. Read full book review >

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SPEAK OF THE DEVIL by Allison Leotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Leotta shows her strongest suit when she places her action in the courtroom in this pleasing third effort."
Former federal sex-crimes prosecutor Leotta's third novel propels her protagonist, Anna Curtis, into the dark world of gang violence. Read full book review >

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THE EXILES by Allison Lynn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"The story sometimes strays into descriptions of architectural styles, which may not be of interest to every reader, but this only minimally detracts from the author's distinctive characters and focus."
A fresh start in a new city should signify a positive beginning for a couple and their 10-month-old son, but they soon discover that, though their old possessions disappear when their Jeep Cherokee is stolen, their emotional baggage remains. Read full book review >