Search Results: "April Ward"


BOOK REVIEW

GROWING UP WITH TAMALES/LOS TAMALES DE ANA by Gwendolyn Zepeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2008

"Young readers will delight in Zepeda's use of repetition and will giggle over the story's jocular ending. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Six-year-old Ana can't wait until she is eight, so she can be more grown-up like her big sister Lidia. Read full book review >

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JUAN AND THE CHUPACABRAS/JUAN Y EL CHUPACABRAS by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2006

"Another successful title for the author of Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask (2005). (Picture book. 6-9)"
Their grandfather's tales of his encounters with Latin American terrors La Llorona (the ghostly Weeping Woman) and the Chupacabras inspire Juan and his almost fearless cousin Luz to sneak out late. Read full book review >

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A WRITING KIND OF DAY by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Black and white illustrations, in a range of styles from simple line drawings to what look like processed photos, add drab but atmospheric notes; the poet's simple language and wide variety of moods and topics may help to get young writers off the stick. (Poetry. 8-10)"
In 27 new, mostly free verses, Fletcher takes a young writer's voice, ruminating on metaphors, plagiarism and other writerly concepts, battling writer's block, or connecting one entry to the next. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED by April Henry
Released: April 10, 2012

"Unexceptional but solid. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
When a popular high-school girl disappears while delivering pizza at her part-time job, her two fellow employees and classmates try to figure out what happened. Read full book review >

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THE LATENT POWERS OF DYLAN FONTAINE by April Lurie
FICTION
Released: May 13, 2008

"Nevertheless, Lurie has created a well-paced story about a teen guy who shoulders responsibility while becoming his own person. (Fiction. YA)"
Following his arrest for shoplifting, 15-year-old Dylan Fontaine figures out jail is not for him. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"The realistic drawing style and the use of saturated color on an otherwise black-and-white page are an arresting combination. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Deliberately constructed, Wilson's wordless picture book makes an adroit and whimsical artistic statement and invites audience participation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Index. (Biography. 9-11)"
The latest biography of explosive sprinter Joyner features memorable childhood anecdotes (young FloJo liked to chase jack rabbits in the Mojave Desert), large, bright color photos, and dramatic, technically illuminating accounts of her major races: ``Don't start too fast...She rounded the bend. Read full book review >

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COUNT ALL HER BONES by April Henry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Readers will be rooting for Cheyenne and Griffin from the edges of their seats. (Thriller. 12-18)"
The story of Cheyenne and Griffin continues in this sequel to Girl, Stolen (2010). Read full book review >

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LEARNING TO FLY by April Henry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 20, 2002

"A nice change of pace from Henry's Claire Montrose series (Heart-Shaped Box, 2001, etc.)."
The 52-car chain-reaction pile-up that leaves Free Meeker's hitchhiking passenger Lydia dead and a young lad named Jamie screaming for his Nike bag but dying before Free can find it and bring it to him opens up fabulous possibilities for the nose-ringed, head-shaved, pregnant, and unwed Free. Read full book review >

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COLLEGE IS FOR SUCKERS by April Norhanian
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"For high school students or parents dubious about the merits of higher education."
A punchy manifesto on the evils of higher education by former college recruiter Norhanian. Read full book review >

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TEACH ME TIGER! by April Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2013

"An upbeat memoir from a sultry songstress of the baby boomer era."
Grammy Award winner and debut memoirist Stevens recounts the evolution of her pop singing career and personal life. Read full book review >

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BE THE ONE by April Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2000

"Smith certainly knows baseball, and she's created a full-dimensioned, interesting character in Cassidy. In the end, though, despite her breezy, almost screenplay-like style, the story falls disappointingly flat."
The author of North of Montana (1994) uses the world of baseball, as seen through the eyes of a female scout whose career depends on finding hidden talent for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, as the backdrop for this mystery thriller. Read full book review >