Search Results: "Amy Goldman Koss"


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FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2010

"In the end, readers get a problem novel with little depth, but it delivers a cast of charming characters and a semi-happy ending. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Although her parents are divorced, ninth-grader Jacki has a golden California lifestyle with all the accoutrements—private school, large house with a swimming pool and a mom with a high-powered, high-paying job—the works. Read full book review >

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STRANGER IN DADLAND by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"But it's the fact that the reader so badly wants for John what he wants for himself that makes this book such a winning creation.(Fiction. 10-14)"
In this poignant, witty novel, Koss turns her attention away from girls and girl groups (The Girls, 2000) to offer some fresh insights about fathers and sons. Read full book review >

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THE GIRLS by Amy Goldman Koss
Released: June 1, 2000

"Although the story itself is slender, Koss penetrates deeply into a subject that has great significance to young readers. (Fiction. 10+)"
A perceptive and engrossing story in which the arbitrary expulsion of a girl from her elite clique by its all-powerful leader influences not only the life of the rejected girl, but also the lives the other members of their set in this perceptive and engrossing story. Read full book review >

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STRIKE TWO by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The real victory here is the convincing way Gwen inches past that feeling of powerlessness to the realization that, while not all problems have simple solutions, there's nothing stopping her from stepping up to the plate and taking some healthy swings. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A bitter strike creates a family split possibly beyond even baseball's power to mend, in this engaging tale from the author of Stranger in Dadland (p. 185). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"This collection will be a welcome addition to any easy-reader collection or to the classroom science shelves, and teachers will find the individual poems useful for adding a literature component to science class. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Fourteen "mysteries" of science are answered with lighthearted but informative rhyming poems in this upper-level easy reader first published in 1988, but freshened with new illustrations. Read full book review >

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GOSSIP TIMES THREE by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"Plusses include a clever punch line and observations about the girls' divorced mothers, whose various attitudes on men round out the story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A trio of best buddies, all seventh-grade girls, almost dissolves their friendship when one of the girls goes after another's crush. Read full book review >

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THE ASHWATER EXPERIMENT by Amy Goldman Koss
Released: June 1, 1999

"Undercurrents of humor, and characters who seem typecast initially but develop surprising complexities, give this bittersweet tale unusual depth. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The daughter of happily itinerant parents gets a world-altering taste of settled life in this engagingly cast story. Read full book review >

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SIDE EFFECTS by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The plot is the situation—a girl contracts and is treated for the disease—and the happy ending is somewhat abrupt, but the telling is precisely voiced, funny and genuine, giving the reader a multifaceted look at a devastating experience. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Hilarious and harrowing by turns, Koss tells the story of an artistic 14-year-old girl whose garden-variety life goes bizarre when she's diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Read full book review >

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STOLEN WORDS by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Even though the subject is sad, the overriding message of the book—despite crushing loss life does continue—is a hopeful one and Koss leavens the mood with her protagonist's amusing and astute observations. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Five months after a tragic car accident kills an 11-year-old girl's favorite aunt, she and her family travel to Austria to get away from their grief. Read full book review >

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THE CHEAT by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Although provocative and disturbing, the characters lack richness and their stories don't build on each other to create a deeper whole, which is a shame because this contemporary, relevant topic is one that should invite discussion both in and out of the classroom. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Interlocking stories connect a group of eighth-grade students who get caught cheating on their geography midterm. Read full book review >

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POISON IVY by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"If anything I bet my fellow jurors were afraid they'd become the Anns' next victim if they got caught sympathizing with Ivy.' (Fiction. 11-14)"
Ivy hands the perfect crime to a teacher aching to have a mock trial to educate the students about the legal system. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH ZINNY WESTON by Amy Goldman Koss
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"On-target characterizations and the sentiment that friends don't have to be clones put this a cut above most friendship fare. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this fast-paced, entertaining first novel, Ava learns that friendship rises above differing opinions, upbringings, and parents. Read full book review >