Search Results: "Allison Whittenberg"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 BONES OF THE HOLY by Jennifer Allison
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2011

"Augustine. (Mystery. 10-14)"
In this fifth Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator installment, amateur sleuth Gilda travels to historic St. Read full book review >

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GILDA JOYCE by Jennifer Allison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Offbeat and spine-chilling. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Irrepressible Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator, is at it again. Read full book review >

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GILDA JOYCE: PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR by Jennifer Allison
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"Surprisingly spooky. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ever since her father passed away, 13-year-old Gilda Joyce has been determined to contact spirits on the other side. Read full book review >

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OBSESSED by Allison Britz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Readers willing to share Allison's evident pain and humiliation may gain insight into a troubling disorder, but it's the joy of her slow recovery that they'll savor. (Memoir. 12-18)"
Can a girl fall off a cliff in s-l-o-w motion? That's how Allison's life seems to plummet during her sophomore year of high school in this fine debut memoir. Read full book review >

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I THINK I LOVE YOU by Allison Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Big-hearted exploration of the bittersweet pleasures of unrequited love."
Welsh teenager obsessed with pop star David Cassidy finally gets an opportunity to meet her idol, 24 years later than expected. Read full book review >

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FRIDAY NIGHT COCKTAILS by Allison Rushby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Crisp writing makes the most of a slight (and rather dated) premise."
A first from Australian author Rushby. Read full book review >

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THE LAST GOOD GIRL by Allison Leotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Billed as 'ripped from the headlines,' Leotta's latest proves entertaining enough but feels more like a book that's ripped from Google."
Leotta's spunky heroine, federal lawyer Anna Curtis, takes on the timely topic of rape on college campuses and discovers an ugly underbelly in the academic system. Read full book review >