Search Results: "Bethany Barton"


BOOK REVIEW

I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both arachnophobes and arachnophiles will find useful debate fodder squashed within these pages. (Picture book. 3-12)"
What if "trying" not to hate spiders doesn't quite cut it? Read full book review >

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THIS MONSTER CANNOT WAIT! by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"For youngsters working on self-control (a school-readiness skill), Stewart does…eventually…learn that good things come to those who wait. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Stewart, from This Monster Needs a Haircut (2012), is going camping for the first time, and he (literally) cannot wait. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS MONSTER NEEDS A HAIRCUT by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2012

"Neither terrible nor terribly interesting; Elivia Savadier's No Haircut Today! (2005) is a more distilled treatment of the same subject. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Visually energetic but unsophisticated, with pedestrian text, this may be selected more by parents hoping the humor will coax their kids into a haircut than by the kids themselves. Read full book review >

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GIVE BEES A CHANCE by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Even the most bee-phobic readers will have a hard time resisting this swarm of humor and fact. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Following much the same format as in I'm Trying to Love Spiders (2015), Barton makes a strong case for the value of bees. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LAST KISS by Bethany Neal
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 10, 2014

"Less of a whodunit and more of a who cares. (Paranormal mystery. 13-17)"
Seventeen-year-old Cassidy Haines is on a quest to unravel the mystery of her own death, about which she can remember nothing except for the fact that it might have involved kissing someone other than her boyfriend. Read full book review >

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THE FALL by Bethany Griffin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A standout take on the classic haunted-house tale replete with surprises around every shadowy corner. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
A girl struggles to fight the haunted family house that binds her to it in this reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." Read full book review >

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SHIFTING by Bethany Wiggins
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Shift this to the bottom of the supernatural stack. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
A slow and derivative plot mars this already lackluster debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Bethany Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"This utterly enjoyable romance will have readers swooning, sobbing, and eagerly anticipating Chase's next book."
A woman is torn between her dependable boyfriend and a former fling in this sparkling debut from Chase. Read full book review >

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE SOLOMONS by Bethany Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Humor can't quite save this appealing novel that ends before it's fully begun."
An ambitious literary debut about an Israeli family and its oddball members. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CURED by Bethany Wiggins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 4, 2014

"Despair and destruction are sweetened by hope and love. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Jack Bloom leaves behind a sheltered, if slightly warped, suburban life to seek missing brother Dean and Mrs. Tarsis, the woman Dean tried to lead to safety, in this simmering sequel to Stung (2013). Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2012

"Formulaic but fantastic, from the eye-catching cover to the growth of a heroine who might save the world. Tailor-made for popular consumption. (Dystopic steampunk. 14 & up)"
Griffin (Handcuffs, 2008) forsakes realism for sultry dystopia. Read full book review >

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BULLETPROOF MASCARA by Bethany Maines
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 2010

"Aiming to be a humorous romance-thriller, Maines' over-the-top debut sinks under an absurdly convoluted plot and a plethora of gizmos that would overwhelm 007."
Mary Kay-like company recruits hapless linguist to become a guerrilla for women's rights. Read full book review >