Search Results: "Alyssa Brugman"


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ALEX AS WELL by Alyssa Brugman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Alex is a winning character, but the glimpses into her mother's twisted point of view are both unsettling and unnecessary. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Against her narcissistic parents' wishes, a teen with an intersex condition decides to start living as a girl. Read full book review >

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BEING BINDY by Alyssa Brugman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 11, 2006

"Readers who enjoyed titles as different as Adele Griffin's Amandine (2001) and Lynn Ray Perkins's All Alone in the Universe (1999) will find a lot to like in Brugman's latest. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Bindy's life is infinitely more complicated when her best friend, Jane, drags her into a group of trendy girls ready for teen experimentation—which Bindy definitely is not. Read full book review >

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WALKING NAKED by Alyssa Brugman
FICTION
Released: March 9, 2004

"A painful look at the naked truth. (Fiction. YA)"
Megan Tuw, a not-very-likable teen, is self-absorbed and ruled by peer pressure. Read full book review >

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FINDING GRACE by Alyssa Brugman
FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"A relatively new writer, Brugman is the real deal. (Fiction. 12-15)"
An engaging portrait of a recent high-school graduate as she embarks on her first job as a live-in "carer" for Grace, a brain-injured woman, and simultaneously begins college. Read full book review >

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MURDER AT MARBLE HOUSE by Alyssa Maxwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Although it packs a heavy dose of romance, Maxwell's second entry has a creditable mystery, solved by a female detective who's likable in spite of her formulaic grit and determination."
A society reporter in 1895 Newport, Rhode Island, tries for a news byline by investigating the death of a medium. Read full book review >

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THE VIOLINIST OF VENICE by Alyssa Palombo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A nicely crafted first effort that reimagines Vivaldi's life in a bittersweet narrative."
A wealthy young Venetian woman secretly studies violin with Vivaldi, leading to an illicit love affair and a completely different life than she expected. Read full book review >

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THE MARZIPAN PIGEON by Alyssa Donati
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Underdeveloped, unsympathetic characters and repetitiveness make this wearing."
A first novel that spins its wheels in the rut of 1990s New York City club life and never manages to get on track. Read full book review >

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AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION by Alyssa Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A masterful tale that bodes well for future work from Cole."
A spy posing as a slave in Civil War Virginia risks her own life and the outcome of the war by falling in love with a fellow spy of another race. Read full book review >

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Released: June 16, 2011

"Heavy emphasis on rhyming and simplistic subject matter will leave readers unsatisfied."
A young woman's poems about nature, relationships and growing up. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 17, 2016

"A journey through the lives of young Eastern European Jews that's not to be missed."
Petersel's debut explores the revitalization of the Hungarian Jewish community in 21 oral histories of millennial Jews. 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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MY MOM AND ME by Alyssa Capucilli
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2009

"A virtually identical companion, My Dad and Me (ISBN: 978-1-4169-5829-1), will be out in April 2009. (Novelty picture book. 2-5)"
Five different mother-and-child pairs enjoy each other's company in a simple book that makes a stab at multiculturalism without quite succeeding. Read full book review >