Search Results: "Alyssa B. Sheinmel"


BOOK REVIEW

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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STRAIGHT ON UNTIL MORNING
by Jennie K.

 

BOOK REPORT for Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Cover Story: Surf Off Into the Sunset

BFF Charm: Let Me Love You

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Off to Never Never Land

Bonus Factor: Surfing

Relationship Status: Summer Romance

 

Cover Story: Surf Off Into the Sunset

There’s something compelling about this cover, which shows the silhouettes of a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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POSITIVELY by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"This is a book that fulfills a specific need, but its overall flaws make it unlikely to be passed from reader to reader and gain a following. (Fiction. 9-14)"
HIV-positive Emmy has to put her life back together when her mother dies of AIDS. Read full book review >