Search Results: "Belinda Hobbs"


BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: Jan. 16, 2009

"Nonetheless, stealing a march on all competitors by treating The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008) as a separate title, this wins points for currency, and all but the most obsessive readers will find it unexcelled for ease of use as a quick reference guide. (source list) (Reference. 10-adult)"
His publisher having lost 2008's courtroom battle against J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers over an initial print version of his popular fan site's encyclopedia of everything Potter, Vander Ark offers a revised second take. Read full book review >

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OLD TOM, MAN OF MYSTERY by Leigh Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"It just might not win Tom any new ones. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Angela Throgmorton has had it with lazy Old Tom. Read full book review >

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OLD TOM’S HOLIDAY by Leigh Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Fans as well as newcomers to the series will love this slightly rude but lovable cat and his sweet but dim owner. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Old Tom is not the most congenial or mannerly cat, but his owner Angela Throgmorton loves him dearly. Read full book review >

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MINNIE MCCLARY SPEAKS HER MIND by Valerie Hobbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Ultimately, this important topic deserves a more in-depth exploration than this brief, albeit thoughtful, effort offers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A shy sixth-grader learns to speak out against prejudice when her community rushes to judge an unusual teacher. Read full book review >

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER by Will Hobbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

Terlingua Ghost Town isn't a common destination for teenagers, but 14-year-old Dylan is hitchhiking his way there for a white-water-rafting adventure with his reclusive uncle and his boisterous cousin, Rio. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE'S RUN by Valerie Hobbs
Released: March 28, 2000

"Hobbs asks readers to suspend disbelief through encounters in drug dens and tough-guy police grillings; once they do, the story will have them in its grip. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Although this novel is burdened by various issues of credibility, Hobbs delivers a fast-paced, engrossing read with two characters on opposite ends of the ethical spectrum who meet in the all-too-human middle. Read full book review >

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DEFIANCE by Valerie Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2005

"The feisty, life-affirming, lesson-teaching elder is a familiar character in children's literature, but Hobbs breathes new life into the situation, giving the character some problems of her own and making the intersection of these two souls both real and poignant. (Fiction. 10+)"
Toby Steiner, age 11, doesn't want to go back to the cancer hospital. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2004

"A fast read where problems can actually be solved by facing them head-on, thinking stuff through, and working hard. (Fiction. YA)"
Texan Jody, 16, has only been married to Bobby James for 13 weeks when he punches her out and leaves her at a gas station in Florida in 1991. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIPS UNSEALED by Belinda Carlisle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2010

"Despite its psychologically thin veneer, the book is a harrowing cautionary tale of the perilous freedoms that rock stardom brings."
Go-Go's singer and popular solo songstress reflects on her struggles with identity, drugs and the pitfalls of pop stardom. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"Words with Wings will soar year round—not just during Black History month. (Picture book/poetry. All ages)"
Compiler Rochelle (Jewels, 1998, etc.) envisioned this project as a way to help youngsters release their "own creative energy" even as they confront the "work, pain, love, anger, regret" endemic to the human experience. Read full book review >

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EVERY LITTLE ANGEL'S HANDBOOK by Belinda Downes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It may sound precious, but Downes's humor, her orderliness and sense of detail will attract readers, who will pore over the gilded stitchery, selecting their favorite angel accessories. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Dressing up angels is a lot like dressing up dolls, and kids who love choosing outfits will love this book. Read full book review >

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BABY DAYS by Belinda Downes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"A cute gift for a baby shower. (Picture book. 1-3)"
As a quilt warms a newborn, so this quilt of rhymes warms the new relationship between parent and child. Read full book review >