Search Results: "Ananda Braxton-Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

MERROW by Ananda Braxton-Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A sparkling paean to the stories we tell—plain and embroidered, fantastical, amazing, true—that get us through the night. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Neen was almost 3 when her mother, Ven, disappeared, but a decade later she still has more questions than answers; grim Auntie Ushag's tight-lipped, but some say Ven had merrow blood and returned to the sea. Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOL OF MINISTRY by Braxton A. Cosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2013

"Gripping, action-packed religious fiction."
A fast-paced adventure featuring a secret society on a divine mission. Read full book review >

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TIME IS AN ILLUSION
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Equine-tastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes! (And Bonus LOVE)
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Bonus Factors:
 Fake Book, Blended Family, Road Trip
Relationship Status: Infinite Miles

 

Cover Story: Equine-tastic

Good news, everyone: I've finally solved the mystery of the terrible YA ...


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BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE COLLEGE
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Straight Up
Bonus Factor: College Transition
Relationship Status: Keep In Touch

 

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment

This cover, with its black and white photograph, playful typography ...


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A BOY, A BIRD, A BOMB, A BOAT
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Could Be Better
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
 0
Talky Talk: Carry These Stories
Bonus Factors:
 Culture Shock, Summer Camp, Weird Science
Relationship Status: Taking the Leap

 

Cover Story: Could Be Better

This cover isn't bad, but I've just been spoiled ...


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BOOK REVIEW

UNBREAK MY HEART by Toni Braxton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"Overly sentimental, but Braxton fans will applaud the star's candor and perseverance."
Six-time Grammy Award winner Braxton speaks out regarding her turbulent personal and professional lives. Read full book review >

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HAN KANG
by Megan Labrise

Han Kang’s fierce, fresh fiction has the book world abuzz: The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated from Korean to English, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. It is one of “The 10 Best Books of 2016,” according to the New York Times Book Review.It is ripe with searing imagery that won’t soon leave you. So ...


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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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THE DESCENT INTO HELL IS EASY
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Hellraisers (The Devil's Engine Book 1) by Alexander Gordon Smith

Cover Story: Mistaken Identity 
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale:
 -2
Talky Talk: Immersive
Bonus Factors:
 Noir, Deal with the Devil, X-Men
Relationship Status: Successful First Date

 

Cover Story: Mistaken Identity

This cover actually makes a lot more sense in context (the ...


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LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DADS
by Julie Danielson

In 2009, award-winning author and poet Hope Anita Smith wrote and illustrated Mother Poems, a set of original poems about the loss of one pre-teen girl’s mother and her metamorphosis into a “motherless shell.” It was a book the Kirkus review called “undeniably visceral,” this personal set of poems from Smith.

Now, with Father’s Day just around the ...


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MAP ME A WAY TO YOUR HEART
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Cover Story: The Geography of Jennifer E. Smith
BFF Charm: Maybe x 2
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: The School of Sarah Dessen
Bonus Factors: Globetrotting, Postcards
Relationship Status: Vacation Hook-up

Cover Story: The Geography of Jennifer E. Smith

This is Jennifer E. Smith's third ...


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