Search Results: "Beverley Brenna"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BUG HOUSE FAMILY RESTAURANT by Beverley Brenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"Tasty and, as bugs show signs of becoming even more common menu items in the near future, timely too. (introduction) (Poetry. 6-8)"
Insects are on the menu in this collection of food-related verse. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING TO HANG ON TO by Beverley Brenna
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Each of these stories offers well-developed characters, both male and female, within an interesting plot, and their brevity makes them an apt choice for reluctant teen readers. (Short stories. 11 & up)"
An entertaining collection of 12 varied short stories unified by a common theme: The protagonists are all hanging on to something. Read full book review >

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READY RABBIT GETS READY! by Brenna Maloney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Kids might want to make stuffed rabbit toys of their own after meeting this beguiling bunny. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this quirky story illustrated with photographs, a stuffed toy named Ready Rabbit invents wildly imaginative activities to delay getting ready for school. Read full book review >

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BURN MY HEART by Beverley Naidoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"As the tension mounts, readers will rightly fear that no good end can result; like Mathew and Mugo, readers' hearts will be burned by this intense slice of historical realism. (author's note, afterword, glossary, Kikuyu and Swahili names) (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
Set in Kenya between November 1951 and March 1953, when indigenous Kikuyus fiercely resisted the British settlers who had stolen their lands, this somber story sheds light on a dark period of rebellion and repression fueled by racial prejudice and fear. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH by Beverley Naidoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2001

"Real-world scary. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Gripping suspense rules as Naidoo describes a young girl's world turned upside down by political events, first in Nigeria and then London. Read full book review >

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PLACES NO ONE KNOWS by Brenna Yovanoff
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 17, 2016

"A brilliant romance that forces its protagonists to explore and accept themselves as they discover one another. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Complicated romance blooms between the perfect student and a sensitive burnout. Read full book review >

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NO TURNING BACK by Beverley Naidoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 1997

The bland, uninvolving story of Sipho, 12, who flees his drunken stepfather's brutality to live on the streets of Johannesburg. Read full book review >

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THE ALTAR OF THE BODY by Duff Brenna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A monstrous beauty—but might Arnold scale himself down to play Michelangelo's moody, brightly dense Dying Gladiator? No, it's too much to hope for."
Top-notch stylist Brenna returns with a fourth confederacy of grotesques and with gusto and love reveals their big, gnarled hearts and stunted minds. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

Setting each of these seven stories in a different decade of the Apartheid or post-Apartheid eras, Naidoo (The Other Side of Truth, 2001, etc.) offers glimpses of Apartheid's effects on body and spirit, as well as the underlying integrity—in both the oppressed majority and the oppressing minority—that has allowed South Africa to make its transition without the widely expected bloodbath. Read full book review >

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THE HOLY BOOK OF THE BEARD by Duff Brenna
Released: March 1, 1996

"Stylistically assured, then, but badly stunted."
Brenna (The Book of Mamie, 1989) comes of age a second time, here in the guise of a biker called Jasper John—an adolescent rebel who eventually settles down with some help from assorted weirdos who work in a San Diego diner. Read full book review >

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THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"Some of the urban-fantasy elements get dropped in the crowd partway through, but enough grotesque goodies remain to keep this a fast-paced, dark delicacy. (Urban fantasy. 12-14)"
Mackie's nauseated by the scent of blood, is burned by cold iron and would die if he entered a church. Read full book review >