Search Results: "Blake Nelson"


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BLAKE by Peter Ackroyd
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1996

"Not the least part of Ackroyd's accomplishment is to have limited himself to 416 pages—enough, and (to paraphrase Blake), assuredly not too much. (16 pages b&w illustrations, 24 pages color illustrations, 73 text illustrations, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Ackroyd's biography of William Blake represents an achievement of composite method fully in the poet's own spirit—it's a work so sensitive to its subject, it seems to have conjured him from the beyond. Read full book review >

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NELSON by Christopher Hibbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"To understand what made Nelson different from his contemporaries, one will have to read elsewhere."
A lively but incomplete biography of Admiral Nelson that keeps most strategy below decks and instead concentrates on one of the more celebrated adulteries in history. Read full book review >

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NELSON by John Sugden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"Despite its length, a tremendously engaging work with few dull moments."
The exhaustive second volume of this definitive biography treats the admiral's supreme command of the British Navy and the bittersweet Lady Hamilton years. Read full book review >

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NELSON MANDELA by Kadir Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"A beautifully designed book that will resonate with children and the adults who wisely share it with them. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
An inspirational ode to the life of the great South African leader by an award-winning author and illustrator. Read full book review >

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RECOVERY ROAD by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Still, readers will be captivated by the story of Maddie and people in her life, and the strengths and losses that help her succeed. (Fiction. 14-18)"
High-school badass and party girl "Mad Maddie" lands in rehab after pushing herself over the toxicity limit one too many times. Read full book review >

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THEY CAME FROM BELOW by Blake Nelson
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2007

"Fun, interesting and perfectly pitched to many YA readers. (Science fiction. YA)"
On the hunt for temporary boyfriends, two giddy girls on summer vacation at Cape Cod get involved with aliens from the deep. Read full book review >

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PARANOID PARK by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"This haunting, gruesome story will put everyday teenage problems in perspective. (Fiction. YA)"
This deeply disturbing cautionary tale shows how a teenager's bad decision leads to a never-ending nightmare. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH by Blake Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 3, 2014

"The ending hints at Cali's willingness to take on fresh cases, and readers can only hope that a new teenage private detective series is in the works. (Mystery. 12-18)"
A teenage beach bum turns private eye in this unexpectedly sweet story about friendship and loss from the author of Paranoid Park (2006). Read full book review >

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GENDER BLENDER by Blake Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2006

"As is traditional in body-switching stories, Tom and Emma's incredible experience allows them to become friends again, a cheerful ending to a message-driven but enjoyable read. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A trampoline collision and a magic arrowhead cause sixth-graders Tom Witherspoon and Emma Baker to switch bodies for four long days in which they discover and learn to sympathize with gender differences. Read full book review >

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GIRL by Blake Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Like, not so great. (First serial to Sassy)"
A hyperactive debut novel of teen rebellion by a writer who watched too much MTV. Read full book review >

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BOY by Blake Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"The bildungsroman never goes out of style, and Nelson still executes it well, if predictably. (Fiction. 13-18)"
An affluent white teenage boy begins to question his place in his peer group after an odd new girl challenges his assumptions. Read full book review >

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ROCK STAR, SUPERSTAR by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Grabber historical fiction. (Fiction. YA)"
Music permeates Eric's life, including his current group, Mad Skillz, a cover band playing school dances in Portland, Oregon, in the 80s. Read full book review >