Search Results: "Amy Neftzger"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ORCHARD OF HOPE by Amy Neftzger
Released: June 23, 2014

"A sometimes-predictable fantasy but one that's vibrant enough to satisfy eager young readers."
In this sequel, Neftzger (The Orphanage of Miracles, 2013, etc.) delivers a middle-grade fantasy adventure tale full of genre hallmarks but with a few surreal twists of its own. Read full book review >

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The War of Words by Amy Neftzger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2016

"Engaging characters and an imaginative plot make for a satisfying read."
Neftzger's fantasy novel refreshes the conventions of the genre while meeting readers' expectations of it. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHANAGE OF MIRACLES by Amy Neftzger
Released: May 28, 2013

"An earnestly optimistic and uplifting fairy tale."
Neftzger (Confessions from a Moving Van,2012) makes a promising entry into young-adult fantasy with this sincere, whimsical allegory that's built on the trope of the hero's quest and explores themes of freedom, creativity and teamwork. Read full book review >

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LUCY CAN'T SLEEP by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

Restless, sleepless Lucy decides to climb out of bed and wander through her hushed house. Read full book review >

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TINY & HERCULES by Amy Schwartz
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Medium-saturated hues fill in fine, black outlines, and some of Tiny's postures are priceless. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This friendly cousin of Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Dog and Bear (2007) is filled with understated humor and even-tempered loyalty. Read full book review >

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WHAT JAMES LIKES BEST by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Especially amusing are 'Auntie's funny hair' and Mommy's reaction when James and his playmate throw toy fruit down the stairs. (Picture book. 2-5)"
James is on the go in these four short stories targeted toward the preschool set. Read full book review >

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BELINDA AND THE GLASS SLIPPER by Amy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Brava, Belinda—encore! (Picture book. 3-7)"
Belinda, the ballerina with big feet, is back for her third adventure, this time in a professional ballet production of "Cinderella." Read full book review >

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MY OLD PAL, OSCAR by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Hest and Bates' previous joint dog project, The Dog Who Belonged to No One (2008), was a more tender and effective narrative. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Alone at the beach, a black-and-white puppy huddles under the pier until it spots a child. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"'Outcast' middle-schoolers everywhere will recognize the situations depicted, and while some of them may seem heartbreaking at the time, this comic relief will add some much-needed perspective. (Graphic novel. 9-14)"
Seventh-graders Julie and Lydia return for their third funny, angst-ridden outing that navigates the perils of middle school. Read full book review >

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THE POPULARITY PAPERS by Amy Ignatow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Alternately poignant and uproarious, this is a satisfying addition to the tween genre. (Fiction. 9-13)"
This piquant tale chronicles a duo's campaign to improve their social position prior to junior high. Read full book review >

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BELINDA IN PARIS by Amy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Belinda is an amusing and appealing character who surely will find other performance venues as her character continues to develop. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Belinda the big-footed ballerina returns for another performance in this Paris-set sequel. Read full book review >

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A BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Amy Schwartz
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Sweetly affirming. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Successively meeting Baby Elephant, Robin, Fly and Goldfish en route to market, self-possessed "big girl" Jenna chats them up with aplomb. Read full book review >