Search Results: "Ally Condie"


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FRESHMAN FOR PRESIDENT by Ally Condie
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2008

"Could be useful for integrating civics and language arts, but not much else. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The principal of 15-year-old Milo Wright's high school in Sage, Ariz., has decided to do away with student council elections. Read full book review >

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CROSSED by Ally Condie
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book. (Science fiction/romance. 13 & up)"
Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy. Read full book review >

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MATCHED by Ally Condie
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Detractors will legitimately cite less-than-subtle morality and similarities to The Giver, but this one's a fierce, unforgettable page-turner in its own right. (Science fiction/romance. YA)"
In a tranquil future with clean streets and no illness, Cassia excitedly anticipates learning who will be her government-dictated marriage Match. Read full book review >

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ATLANTIA by Ally Condie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"As cool as a submerged city and teen siren are, too many physical details are missing and too many emotional details forced. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The author of the Matched Trilogy dives deep for her next story. Read full book review >

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REACHED by Ally Condie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"With reveals seeming to arrive on almost every page, prepare to stay up all night. (author's note referencing poems and paintings) (Science fiction/romance. 13 & up)"
While staying true to the science fiction and romance at the core of Matched (2010) and Crossed (2011), the trilogy's breathless finale blossoms into a medical thriller too, adding breadth and resonance. Read full book review >

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SUMMERLOST by Ally Condie
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 29, 2016

"Honest, lovely, and sad. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A year after losing two family members, a girl spends the summer in a small town with a Shakespeare festival. Read full book review >

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BEAST by Ally Kennen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"On the other hand, dark humor, occasional toe-curling danger and Stephen's bizarre dilemma may keep the pages turning. (Fiction. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Stephen has problems. Read full book review >

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ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense. (Thriller. 12-14)"
A 16-year-old Army brat, unpleasantly in the public eye, copes with grief over her dead mother and fears for her own mental health. Read full book review >

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THE AGENCY  by Ally O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A naughty, catty good time."
A witty debut novel from a pseudonymous writing pair (one is a suspense author, the other a London-based media agent) about a saucy London literary agent eager to go into business for herself. Read full book review >

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CHEATING AT SOLITAIRE by Ally Carter
Released: Dec. 6, 2005

"Lacking humor and panache, Carter's debut falls short of a full deck."
A self-help writer becomes embroiled in tabloid escapades. Read full book review >

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WHEN WILL THE HEAVEN BEGIN? by Ally Breedlove
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Both heartbreaking and uplifting, the book resonates on basic human and spiritual levels."
Breedlove pays tribute to her irrepressible, fun-loving younger brother, Ben Breedlove, who died from a heart condition when he was only 18 years old. Just days before his death, he posted video a video online, "This Is My Story," which reached millions of viewers around the world with his message of faith. Read full book review >

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MY GREAT-AUNT ARIZONA by Gloria Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1992

"A nostalgic but appealing portrait of another generation. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Echoing Barbara Cooney's fictionalized picture-book biographies of strong, independent women whose stories both challenged and exemplified their times (Miss Rumphius, 1982; Hattie and the Wild Waves, 1990), Houston (her The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, 1988, was illustrated by Cooney) recounts the story of a great-aunt who spent her entire life in rural North Carolina. Read full book review >