Search Results: "Amy Christine Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

ASTRAY by Amy Christine Parker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Still absorbing, if not as polished as its predecessor. (Fiction. 14-18)"
This sequel to the excellent Gated (2013) follows former cult member Lyla as she struggles to adjust to the outside world while fighting off the calls of her family to rejoin their doomsday sect led by charismatic and dictatorial Pioneer.Read full book review >

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GATED by Amy Christine Parker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
This absorbing examination of a cult focuses on a teenage girl who begins to doubt their leader. Read full book review >

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BEASTS AND CHILDREN by Amy Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This riveting collection executes a grim autopsy on American family life."
A debut collection of short stories offers an unrelenting examination of the loneliness, helplessness, and daily cruelties of our contemporary world. Read full book review >

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FREDERICK by Frederick Ndabaramiye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An awkwardly written but genuinely inspiring memoir of a disabled Rwandan educator."
A powerful Rwandan memoir of survival and transcendence, reduced to an oddly dry little book. Read full book review >

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MABEL DANCING by Amy Hest
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2000

"Delightful. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Picture Mabel, bubble-bathed and lovingly tucked into bed. Read full book review >

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TINY BLESSINGS FOR BEDTIME by Amy Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Whether used as beginning prayers or to teach an attitude of gratitude, this lovely title and its companion do their parts to start mindfulness in the cradle. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Thick pages, a padded cover, and simple text ensure that this board book will survive a toddler's daily mindfulness practice. Read full book review >

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TINY BLESSINGS FOR MEALTIME by Amy Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A simple ode to all food has to offer. (Board book. 1-3)"
Love is where the food is. Read full book review >

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THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU by Amy Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"With this ahistorical interpretation, this book shows a disregard for both free will and the gradual maturation of talents and personalities. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
God's address to the Hebrew exiles from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah is repurposed in this cheery picture book that emphasizes children's future careers. Read full book review >

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OLIVER CAT ON PLANET B by Christine Kettner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"The three stories overall are not stellar, but serviceable, as are the author's bright, simple illustrations. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Oliver is a can-do sort of cat who moves cheerfully through three short chapters in this mid-level easy reader. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >

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LILY AND THE PRESENT by Christine Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Again, Ross's color-pencil art is humorous and appealing, though much of the delicate detail will be lost in group sharing. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Lily's new brother ``came into the world with nothing,'' and Lily would like to get something ``big and bright and beautiful'' to supplement his other, boring presents. Read full book review >