Search Results: "Brenda Stokes"


BOOK REVIEW

BELLA'S BLESSINGS by Brenda Stokes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2012

"Clearly didactic and unabashedly sentimental, though undeniably well-meant. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Grandma Beaver and her grandkit, Bella, share a special bond and a family tradition. Read full book review >

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BRENDA AND EDWARD by Maryann Kovalski
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Once readers give themselves over to the hybrid world in which the dogs dwellthey are clearly canine, with doggy features and abilities, but in all other ways act humanthey will relish this two-hankie telling and the tidy illustrations of love lost and found. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Kovalski (Pizza for Breakfast, 1991, etc.) introduces two lovable dogs that live happily together behind a French restaurant. Read full book review >

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Brenda Corrigan Went Downtown by Donna Brookman Kaulkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2013

"A sometimes overly detailed story of intrigue, pain and strength."
A tragic event brings a family together in Kaulkin's novel. Read full book review >

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BRENDA BERMAN, WEDDING EXPERT by Jane Breskin Zalben
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 18, 2009

"Brenda's endeavors to reconcile her hopes with reality tell a tale of acceptance that will help young readers struggling with their own life transitions. (Fiction. 6-9)"
When her Uncle Harry becomes engaged, Brenda reluctantly adjusts to the concept of a new aunt and cousin. Read full book review >

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NORMAN AND BRENDA by Colin Thompson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"This deeply affecting story makes clear just how elusive happiness can be, and how wonderful it is when you finally find it. (Picture book. YA, adult)"
Norman and Brenda toddle separately toward middle age desperately lonely, believing they will never find a companion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Gnat's fierce desire to learn the true nature of life and love burns bright throughout this warm, suspenseful, over-the-top adventure that bubbles up with swamp wisdom. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Love conquers all in this post-Civil War Appalachian tall tale fueled by the supernatural energy of 12-year-old Gnat Stokes, who lives with her grandfather and who "ain't scairt of nothing," not even the evil swamp queen Zelda. Read full book review >

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VICARIOUS by Paula Stokes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An ambitious sci-fi mystery that falls just short of great. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
A Korean-American girl's sister is mysteriously murdered. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"With magisterial command, Stokes does full justice to his momentous subject."
Authoritative, cogent, and compelling account of the upheavals in Eastern Europe. Read full book review >

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THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED by Paula Stokes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"A sobering exploration of absolution. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A terrible accident shatters a teen girl's life. Read full book review >

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LIARS, INC. by Paula Stokes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 24, 2015

"Captivating to the very end. (Mystery. 12-16)"
When Max's friend goes missing, he finds himself in the middle of an increasingly tangled web of lies and conspiracy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEXUAL LIFE OF SAVAGES by Stokes Howell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 1996

"On balance: too many disagreeable and disposable pieces detract from some solid storytelling."
Not many story collections include an introduction by the author, but Howell clearly thinks readers need to be prepared for the wildly different subjects (and styles) on display in his first volume, some parts of which have appeared in various small magazines. Read full book review >