Search Results: "Alyssa B. Sheinmel"


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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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MY SO-CALLED FAMILY by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

This problem novel takes on identity issues that come with being the child of an unknown sperm donor. Read full book review >

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EDGEWATER by Courtney Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Riveting and heartbreaking. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Grey Gardens meets teen family drama. Read full book review >

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ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"Although the plot and the first-person narration often come off as contrived, the compelling subject and likable characters will please drama-loving fans of the problem novel well enough. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A seventh grader shouldn't need to be an expert on the differences between jail and prison, should she? Read full book review >

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CHLOE ON THE BRIGHT SIDE by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"On the bright side, maybe things will get better for Chloe and her readers in the next installment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Determined to find new best friends in her new school, fifth-grader Chloe Silver makes mistakes, but her essential kindness helps her out. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2010

"A miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Two uninspired novels bound together in one feature Sophie and Katie, sixth-grade girls who have been assigned to each other as pen pals. Read full book review >