Search Results: "Brenda Ferber"


BOOK REVIEW

THE YUCKIEST, STINKIEST, BEST VALENTINE EVER by Brenda Ferber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2012

"Get this now—it's better than candy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Get ready to enjoy a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced adventure involving a secret crush, a runaway valentine with an attitude and lots of candy. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: May 6, 2009

"Though few children actually get to attend a full month of summer camp, many others will enjoy it vicariously through this somewhat superficial effort. (Fiction. 8 & up)"
For all the tweens who that believe in BFF but find out, to their great disappointment, that it isn't for everyone, this is the book for them. Read full book review >

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JULIA’S KITCHEN by Brenda A. Ferber
ADVENTURE
Released: April 13, 2006

"Family bonds, Jewish traditions and overcoming grief to reconnect with life are deftly braided in this poignant story, just like the challah on Friday nights. (Hebrew/Yiddish glossary, recipe) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Every time 11-year-old Cara worries about something, it turns out fine. Read full book review >

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CASCADE FALLS by Bruce Ferber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Ferber may be trying to explore the consequences of the housing crash, but this soap opera is neither substantial enough to tackle that subject nor skillful enough to parody it."
In the suburbs of Phoenix, marriages and careers are coming undone in this second novel from sitcom producer Ferber (Elevating Overman, 2012).Read full book review >

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SOON FOUND, SOON LOST by Elizabeth Ferber
Released: May 30, 1995

"An exotic African locale and some graceful writing can't save a story that relies so heavily on improbabilities, coincidences, and stereotypes."
A slender first novel revisits that well-trod territory of troubled mother-daughter relationships—and tries to revitalize it with a multicultural spin. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1998

"A thorough, provocative discourse on just about every aspect of the joys and sorrows of all those involved in the adoption process. (For a look at adoption from the adoptee's point of view, see Sarah Saffian, Ithaka: A Daughter's Memoir of Being Found, p. 1365.)"
An absorbing memoir of one birth mother's experiences, interspersed with an array of narratives, musings, facts, and statistics on the theme of adoption. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2011

"A harrowing look at the road ahead that should urge immediate, proactive change."
A comprehensive read on climate change, its environmental and health impacts and the actions that can be taken against it—as seen through a health professional's eyes. Read full book review >

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YOUR CONSTANT STAR by Brenda Hasiuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A superb novel from a rising Canadian literary star, best for adult and mature crossover readers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Pregnancy, adoption and parenting decisions past and present link—and haunt—a Chinese-Canadian adoptee, her now-pregnant former friend and the biological father-to-be. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGES OF SUMMER by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Best of all, past and present mores are contrasted in an absorbing story where both are presented with acumen and sympathy. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A sophisticated young New Yorker returns unwillingly to her roots when her mother sends her for a summer with her grandmother Quanimina, who lives the traditional life of the Gullah off the Carolina coast. Read full book review >

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"A practical, vivid guide to the use of color in interior design."
An interior designer's guide to help amateurs select colors and fabric designs. Read full book review >

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EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT by Brenda Jernigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Sluggish and predictable."
A first novel with a provocative idea—the price paid for possessing healing powers—turns into an overfamiliar, plot-worn love story with a small-town setting. Read full book review >

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Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"While suffering from too many characters and some convoluted plot elements, this novel still offers an exuberant mashup of portal fantasy and chosen-one motifs."
A girl learns about her magical heritage and preordained fate just as an evil wizard threatens to take over an enchanted world in this YA series opener by Drake (Touching Fate, 2015). Read full book review >