Search Results: "Alyssa B. Sheinmel"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STONE GIRL by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Never an easy read with its unrelenting depiction of Sethie's pain and adult inattentiveness, this effort provides some insight but little assistance with an important and challenging topic. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Sethie, seriously conflicted by the challenge of navigating the uncertainties of a not-quite-relationship with Shaw, develops anorexia. Read full book review >

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THE LUCKY KIND by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 10, 2011

"Sheinmel effectively uses a breezy, often humorous first-person voice that's deceptively slight in its handling of deep issues, even as Nick does the hard emotional work to pull himself out of the depths of his self-pity. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Unexpected relatives complicate a teen's life. Read full book review >

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SECOND STAR by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 13, 2014

"An absorbing new look at a familiar tale. (Mystery. 12-18)"
This retelling of Peter Pan set in the surfing community makes some of its own magic. Read full book review >

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THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
FICTION
Released: May 11, 2010

"First-time author Sheinmel leans too hard on the fairy-tale conceit and underdevelops her secondary characters, but her skill with dialogue and setting show promise. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Connelly Sternin's imagination is her best friend: It transforms her father's mysterious death into an easily understood acrimonious divorce, while her socially un-navigable swanky Manhattan prep school becomes a land of fairy tales. Read full book review >

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FACELESS by Alyssa Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A problem novel, yes, but an absorbing one. (Fiction. 12-18) "
When a pretty, athletic girl loses her face in a fire, she gets a face transplant and struggles with the permanent changes in her life. Read full book review >

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R.I.P. ELIZA HART by Alyssa Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A public-service announcement about mental illness wrapped up as a compelling mystery that will keep readers going until the hopeful conclusion. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sometimes mean girls have a reason. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL by Paige McKenzie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 24, 2015

"Suspenseful, exciting and endlessly entertaining. (Paranormal suspense. 12-16)"
Paranormal activity threatens to consume the life of a not-so-average teenage girl. Read full book review >

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B by Jonathan Baumbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Amusing but short of hilarity: too few pages, though immensely detailed, build and release."
"I'm angry at you because you don't know why I'm angry at you, she said. I'm not really angry, I'm disappointed . . . Invisible flames emanated from her on all sides." Read full book review >

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B by D.L. Luke
Released: March 15, 2016

"A scrappy feline protagonist enriches this seasonal story of seeking a home."
Luke explores the well-known pairing of black cats and Halloween in this debut children's tale. Read full book review >

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THE AWAKENING OF SUNSHINE GIRL by Paige McKenzie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2016

"A mixed-bag sequel that misplaces what made its predecessor so special. (Paranormal suspense. 12-16)"
Sunshine Griffith develops her paranormal powers under the watchful guidance of her estranged father in this sequel to The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (2015).Read full book review >

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ZOM-B by Darren Shan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A series opener to sink your teeth into. (Horror. 12-18)"
Shan's baaa-aaaack. Read full book review >