Search Results: "Ann Sherif"


BOOK REVIEW

A TRUE NOVEL by Minae Mizumura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Whatever its inspirations, and whatever use it makes of them, Mizumura's book is an elegant construction, fully creating and inhabiting its fictional—its truly fictional—world."
A smart, literate reimagining of Wuthering Heights, moved from the Yorkshire moors to seagirt Honshu, Japan, by way of Long Island. Read full book review >

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WATCH WILLIAM WALK by Ann Jonas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Text and illustrations are perfectly synchronized. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Jonas (The 13th Clue, 1992, etc.) pens an alliterative, winning work about the letter W. The simple story features two children, William and Wilma, a big black dog, Wally, and a white duck, Wanda. Read full book review >

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BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS by Ann Fearrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The book, without enough contrast to show either the exuberant blinking lights that punctuate the darkness or the hush of paper lanterns lining a street, acts more as a remembrance of the ritual than a conveyance of its thrills. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A family loads into their station wagon on a dark, cold Christmas night to view lights on trees, spires, apartment balconies, factories, and office buildings, then arrives home where ``last year, this year, every year, we love our own lights best of all.'' The brief text is more sightseeing than story. Read full book review >

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THE 13TH CLUE by Ann Jonas
by Ann Jonas, illustrated by Ann Jonas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"Another handsome and appealing book from this unusually innovative artist. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``What a terrible day,'' reads the diary, but ``at least they sang to me at school.'' What follows is a treasure-hunt ending, of course, in a birthday party; in this case, it's the clues along the way that intrigue: instructions spelled out in the grass, with clothes on a line, with a coiled jump rope or carefully laid sticks; to be read upside down or inside out, or by unscrambling an anagram or decoding a rebus—all imaginatively displayed in Jonas's clean, beautifully composed illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS by Ann Aguirre
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"This one's strictly for fans of lightweight romance. (Fiction. 12­-16)"
Sage is known around school as Princess Post-it for her efforts to cheer others up by sticking anonymous compliments on their lockers. Read full book review >

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ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Summer's real troubles are marred by the inclusion of fantastical Kurt and the predictably pat ending. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Summer finds herself living with her mother in Paris while attempting to finish high school so she will be eligible to inherit her grandfather's fortune. Read full book review >

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MORTAL DANGER by Ann Aguirre
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A standout trilogy opener. (Horror. 12-18)"
A girl makes a deal with the devil—or something awfully similar—in this Faustian suspense tale. Read full book review >

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ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre
SCIENCE FICTION
Released: April 12, 2011

"All in all, this well-paced zombie-esque adventure in an urban wasteland will keep fans happy. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
A standard post-apocalyptic dystopia with enough rich worldbuilding to appeal to most lovers of the genre. Read full book review >

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COME JUNETEENTH by Ann Rinaldi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Stick to the McKissacks' nonfiction Days of Jubilee (2003) and wait for a more accurate novel on the subject. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
Technically owned by the Holcomb family's Aunt Sophia, the illegitimate "high yellow" Sis Goose (named for a Brer Rabbit-type story) has lived her entire life as an adopted and favorite member of the wealthy Texas family. Read full book review >