Search Results: "Amber Hyun Jung Kim"


BOOK REVIEW

PAVANE FOR A DEAD PRINCESS by Min-Gyu Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The warmth and romance of this novel will make cynics smile."
Korean writer Park's new novel examines the mysteries of attraction and the falsehoods of beauty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 1993

Flagellatory mea culpa from a reformed North Korean terrorist who, in 1987, blew up a South Korean airliner, killing all 115 aboard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIND MOM'S WOK by Jung Hee Kim
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Educators will find value in this valiant effort to share a foreign culture with American children. (cultural, culinary notes) (Picture book. 4-9)"
As Shao Ming hunts for her mother's beloved wok, she embarks on a mouthwatering journey through her village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUFFER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY by Soon-jae Shin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"This fails to either ask kids to do the math or truly entertain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl and her talking dog use addition and subtraction to plan a birthday party in this Korean import. Read full book review >

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FISHING FOR UNDERSTANDING WITH BAO PHI
by Julie Danielson

Minneapolis-based writer and poet Bao Phi, who has made his way in the world of poetry (he has a poem in 2006 Best American Poetry and is a National Poetry Slam finalist), sees his debut early next month in the world of children’s literature. A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, is an autobiographical picture book, a tender story striking ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES by Mike  Jung
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"The book never completely escapes cliché. Every chapter has lines like 'SOON EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHO I AM, CAPTAIN STUPENDOUS!' But this is a genuinely new sort of superhero story, and it will surprise even people who are tired of sound effects and capital letters. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This is a superhero story for people who've read too many superhero stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHELTER by Jung Yun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Yun's characters don't merely desire walls and a roof, although houses have a powerful and intelligent presence here. A diverse and nuanced cast of characters seeks shelter from pain and loneliness in this valiant portrayal of contemporary American life."
A fluidly written debut novel that explores violence and its effects on one immigrant family. Read full book review >

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SOBER STICK FIGURE by Amber Tozer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"The urgency and desperation of addiction told through crisp, biting sarcasm and self-deprecating humor."
A stand-up comedian reclaims her life after three decades of alcohol abuse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A levelheaded, well-researched analysis of the many 'trappings of contemporary breastfeeding culture.'"
The pros and cons of using breast milk instead of formula for your baby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT by Mike  Jung
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"With its quirky, determined heroine, this is a good choice to add diversity to the shelves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Being the only Asian student in town makes the horrible but universal feeling of not fitting in just that much worse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Dec. 11, 2007

"A shot in the arm of an otherwise tiresomely formulaic genre. (Fiction. YA)"
Up until about the 100th page, Kizer's YA debut feels like just about any other young-adult chick-lit novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERIDIAN by Amber Kizer
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Despite these major obstacles, teens will still find themselves intrigued by the mysteries of life, death and beyond and how they may have played out through history. (Supernatural romance. YA)"
Constantly wracked with pain, Meridian Sozu has always been surrounded by dead insects and animals. Read full book review >