Search Results: "Ami Margolin Rome"


BOOK REVIEW

VANISHING ACTS by Phillip Margolin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Disappointingly dull. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Cardboard characters and an unbelievable plot make this contemporary mystery feel like a Nancy Drew knock-off minus the nostalgic charm. Read full book review >

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DOG NUMBER 1, DOG NUMBER 10 by Ami Rubinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2011

"Visually, it's got plenty of pizzazz, but other counting books do the job better; this one just doesn't wag its tail. (Picture book. 3-5)"
With scores of counting books available, a new one must be inventive, appealing and stand out from titles by such standbys as Dr. Seuss and Richard Scarry. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A snappy scholarly work that captures a momentous shift in American environmental thinking, made exciting by the fire of Rome's passionate critique of suburbia."
Rome (History/Penn State Univ.) offers a piquant interpretation of the links between the mass migration to suburbia and the rise of the environmental movement. Read full book review >

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EARLY BRIGHT by Ami Silber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A middling debut novel, but Silber shows much promise."
In 1948 Los Angeles, a white grifter haunts black jazz clubs and dreams of bebop fame. Read full book review >

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BIG CAT, SMALL CAT by Ami Rubinger
by Ami Rubinger, illustrated by Ami Rubinger, translated by Ray Baitner
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"It ends with a couplet indicating that it is bed time, so sharing one on one at night may suit it best. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"This cat is big / This cat is small / This cat is short / This cat is…" Cats of all shapes and sizes, ages, colors, heights and degrees of health are presented in rhyming couplets of opposites with the last word or phrase left out. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING BEAUTY by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2004

"Flimsy plotting, thin characters, hoary clichés, grade-school prose: a 'by the numbers' thriller."
A pulse-lowering thriller about writers who write about what they know. Read full book review >

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AFTER DARK by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

"Less crudely sensationalistic than Margolin's striking, overheated debut, but also less vigorously plotted, with a dewy- eyed view of legal lust that wouldn't fool a sleepy judge."
Second-novel blues for Margolin (Gone, But Not Forgotten, 1993): a murky, juiceless legal thriller in which lawyers hire lawyers when they're accused of killing other lawyers. Read full book review >

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GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

A rash of grisly torture/murders of upscale Portland, Oregon, housewives—each kidnapped by someone who leaves behind a black rose and a note saying ``Gone, but not forgotten''—turns out to have unholy roots in an identical series of killings across the country a decade earlier. Read full book review >

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WOMAN WITH A GUN by Philip Margolin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"The Chinese box puzzle takes some getting used to, but it allows Margolin to deliver one of his cleverest cases while concealing his principal flaw—paper-thin characters—beneath constant shifts in time and case."
A haunting photograph sets an aspiring novelist to sniffing out clues in a cold case with roots in an even more distant past. Read full book review >

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GRACEFULLY GRAYSON by Ami Polonsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A kind and earnest look at a young transgender adolescent's experience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Grayson realizes a dream but attracts controversy by taking the role of the female lead in the school play. Read full book review >

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THREADS by Ami Polonsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A courageous story filled with hope. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
An urgent message for help and a family picture found in a department-store purse connect two girls, one in China, the other in the United States, and set in motion a life-saving journey. Read full book review >