Search Results: "Andrew Larsen"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LUCK OF JUDE by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2011

"Purposeful but not preachy. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Violence paradoxically begets friendship in Larsen's simply told chapter-book debut. Read full book review >

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SEE YOU NEXT YEAR by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"Taken as a whole, the book affectionately captures the nostalgic air of vacations past, seashells gathered and summer friends left behind—a great book for the car ride. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The annual summer vacation reveals familiar patterns and the joy of continuity and tradition. Read full book review >

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IN THE TREE HOUSE by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A melancholy story of changing relationships rather than a celebration of the excitement of a blackout. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tale reminiscent, but falling short, of John Rocco's 2012 Caldecott honor book, Blackout, depicts a boy longing for time with his big brother. Read full book review >

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DINGUS by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Heartfelt if not groundbreaking. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An 11-year-old boy feels as though everything around him—his best friend, his parents, his world—is changing. And it sucks. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO LOVED LIBRARIES by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A useful if uncomplicated way of teaching 'that we can all make a real difference when we choose to give back.' (sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Certainly the world of public libraries would be poorer without the substantial contribution of Andrew Carnegie. Read full book review >

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THE NOT-SO-FARAWAY ADVENTURE by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"This quiet, sweet story is a gift for all—explorers, grandchildren, parents—any who celebrate the gift of discovering the world together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Theo, the warmhearted heroine from The Imaginary Garden (2009), creates an unforgettable adventure for her beloved Poppa's birthday. Read full book review >

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A SQUIGGLY STORY by Andrew Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This book offers a fine mirror for brown boys who aspire to write, but it's also a great pro-literacy story for all children about brown kids who hold reading and writing in high regard. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion—even at the hands of preliterate kids. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A lackluster offering, with an abundance of information but little critical distance or depth. (Fifty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The Larsens (Stephen: The Mythic Imagination, 1990; Robin: a Swedenborg scholar), longtime friends and students of Joseph Campbell (1904-87), team up—with Campbell family permission and full access to his papers—to deliver a hefty but hollow biography of the illustrious expositor of world myths. Read full book review >

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SOME LIKE IT HOT by K.J. Larsen
Released: March 5, 2013

"All of Cat's cases (Sticks and Stones, 2012, etc.) have been co-authored by three sisters, but this is the first installment that reads that way. The characters are sassy as ever, but their adventures are disjointed and even perfunctory."
When a hometown boy turned shamus is killed, Cat DeLuca stops investigating liars and cheats and concentrates on finding a murderer. Read full book review >

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BYE, BYE LOVE by K.J. Larsen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2015

"With less emphasis on the characters around Cat to provide romantic intrigue or comic relief (which is Cleo's whole raison d'être), Larsen's latest (Some Like It Hot, 2013, etc.) falls a little flat."
A PI reports a murder to the police only to find the victim is missing once they get there. Read full book review >

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STRANGER, FATHER, BELOVED by Taylor Larsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An emotionally intelligent family drama that examines the breaking point of a marriage."
Larsen makes a noteworthy debut with a family drama that explores loyalty, lies, and well-being. Read full book review >

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FUTURE PERFECT by Jen Larsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An absorbing look at the cultural obsession with women's weight and how much energy and effort it takes to live an authentic life on one's own terms. (Fiction. 14-18) "
A high school senior strives to realize her dream of attending Harvard despite financial limitations and her dysfunctional family. Read full book review >