Search Results: "Arthur Edgar E. Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 22, 2012

"An admirable focus on the importance of education, but inexact prose and shaky story structure diminish the effort."
Smith's debut collection of short tales mostly deals with the difficulties faced by young men growing up in Sierra Leone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH’S CHILD by Arthur Yorinks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Pair this with Audrey Wood's Heckedy Peg (1987), illustrated by Don Wood, for an effective fright-fest. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A bit of TLC accomplishes what a mighty witch's powers cannot in this pointed melodrama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 2, 2012

"Yes, many teens face more compelling problems than those of a smart, attractive daughter of affluent and loving, if estranged, parents; but Smith's acute insights make Hadley's heartache and loss as real as the magical unfurling of new love. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A smartly observed novel rises above its apparently easy structure. Read full book review >

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THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"It's a minor quibble, though, next to the author's strong suit: a cast of vivid, sympathetic characters whose fate matters to readers and keeps them turning the pages. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A typo misdirects teen film star Graham's email to Ellie in Henley, Maine, launching an intense epistolary friendship that rapidly becomes an anchor for each. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINDFALL by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Smart and entertaining, as to be expected from Smith. (Fiction. 12-17)"
When the lottery ticket Alice gives to Teddy, the boy she's secretly loved for years, wins him a fortune, they discover money really does change everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL THE LIGHTS IN THE NIGHT by Arthur A. Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Ransome's full-page oils in wintry tones are bold and stark; their somber tone is appropriate, but a bit more vitality and sensitivity in the portrayal of the boys would have made their experience more immediate to young readers. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Levine's first book is based on his own grandfather's journey, in 1914, from a shtetl near Minsk to Palestine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2014

"Truth about love always gets our attention, and this book will catch readers'. (Fiction. 12-18)"
As she did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2012), Smith fashions long-distance travel into a metaphor for the leaps of faith that love demands. Read full book review >

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THE COMEBACK SEASON by Jennifer E.  Smith
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 4, 2008

"But even though Smith's clean, uncomplicated prose and gently told story are more Sarah Dessen than Chris Crutcher, both romantics and sports fans will find something here to like. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hope springs eternal for one Chicago Cubs fan even as she struggles to come to terms with her father's death. Read full book review >