Search Results: "Brent Runyon"


BOOK REVIEW

MAYBE by Brent Runyon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"The common insecurities of adolescence—specifically of hormonally charged teenaged boys—coupled with the added drama and intrigue surrounding the brother's accident, make this an accessible work for a wide, albeit older, teen audience. (Fiction. YA)"
Runyon follows the critical success of Burn Journals (2004) with a foray into fiction that features another troubled teenaged boy. Read full book review >

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SURFACE TENSION by Brent Runyon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 10, 2009

"With sensitivity and candor, Runyon reveals how life changes us all and how these unavoidable changes can be full of both turmoil and wonder. (Fiction. YA)"
Over four summers at a small cottage on a lake, carefree 13-year-old Luke, eager to locate the perfect "luckystone," turns into an adventurous 14-year-old who tries nonchalantly to sneak peeks at his neighbor's breasts and then an easily annoyed 15-year-old who realizes his parents' faults and just wants "to get the fuck out of here." Read full book review >

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THE BURN JOURNALS by Brent Runyon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"It's a fascinating journey through a teenager's mind, only lacking information about what happened to Brent after he returned to school. (Nonfiction. YA)"
This true story of a 14-year-old boy who tried to commit suicide by setting himself on fire certainly has the power to grab the attention of many young readers, despite its length. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS HORSE AND THE THREE WISE MEN by Isabelle Brent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2016

"An uneven effort that reflects a lack of understanding of the intended audience. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
The journey of the three Magi on their travels to the birthplace of Jesus is recounted from the point of view of a horse. Read full book review >

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CARTER FINALLY GETS IT by Brent Crawford
FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2009

"Crawford avoids moralizing, while nicely balancing toilet humor and developing social maturity. (Fiction. YA)"
Freshmen firsts: hookups, heartaches, humiliations. Read full book review >

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THE LAST CHANCE TEXACO by Brent Hartinger
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Some graphic profanity. (Fiction. 13+)"
This is teenage Lucy Pitt's last chance: Sent to yet another group home, she struggles to fit in because if she screws up here, it's off to a notorious last refuge for hopeless incorrigibles. Read full book review >

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A STRANGE AND DISTANT SHORE by Brent Ashabranner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A fine and important work. (b&w and full-color photos, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In a work subtitled ``Indians of the Great Plains in Exile,'' Ashabranner (Our Beckoning Borders, p. 64, etc.) writes of the exile of 72 leaders and great warriors of the indigenous peoples of the Great Plains in 1873 to a grim, dank, old Spanish fort in St. Read full book review >

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THE NEW AFRICAN AMERICANS by Brent Ashabranner
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"This quick survey is equally suited to specific assignment reading or to fill in background for any student of immigration. (index, not seen, b&w photos, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Ashabranner sandwiches introductions to several recent immigrants from Africa—revisiting one who was profiled in his Still a Nation of Immigrants (1993)—between historical accounts of "immigration" patterns, and a general description of modern Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMPANY MAN by Brent Wade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Few surprises here, but first-novelist Wade tells necessary truths sometimes eloquently, always clearly."
What timing for Wade's debut novel: a successful (and Republican) black man—accused of sexual harassment—recovers in the hospital after a suicide attempt. Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT by Brent Monahan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 10, 1995

"Vampire vitamins for the intelligently bloodthirsty."
A heaven-sent vampire novel set in Princeton University, sequel to the smartly amusing The Book of Common Dread (1993), which featured a 500-year-old, piano-playing bloodsucker whose great love was Bach. Read full book review >

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VOLK’S GAME by Brent Ghelfi
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 2007

"Lurid, if not original."
In this testosterone rampage, a super-studly master thief pulls off gonzo caper in post-Soviet Russia. Read full book review >