Search Results: "Carolyn Coman"


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WHAT JAMIE SAW by Carolyn Coman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"It's a profound characterization and a remarkable achievement in a book about ordinary people trying to put their lives in order. (Fiction. 8-10)"
An extremely intimate narrative about Jamie, nine, that opens in the middle of a traumatic scene-his mother's lover throws Jamie's baby half-sister across the room, and his mother catches her and then closely follows the state of the boy's soul as he, his mother, and the baby move out of the house and into a trailer on top of a mountain. Read full book review >

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TELL ME EVERYTHING by Carolyn Coman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"A wonderfully spare and lyrical first novel, graced with a fresh voice, telling images, and subtly drawn characters who linger in the memory. (Fiction. 12+)"
An intense evocation of a 12-year-old who's in a transition that threatens her sanity. Read full book review >

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SNEAKING SUSPICIONS by Carolyn Coman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Shepperson's comical and expressive pen-and-ink wash illustrations are also a delight. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this pleasantly rambling companion to Coman's The Big House (2004), Ivy and Ray's parents are finally out of prison, but Ivy anticipates further trouble when her father Dan announces his sudden desire to pay a visit to Gladys Mouton, a long-lost relative in Florida. Read full book review >

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MANY STONES by Carolyn Coman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 2000

"It's an uplifting tale: harsh, complex, but lit at the end by a promise of reconciliation. (Fiction. YA)"
Gripped by powerful, often contradictory, emotions, a bereaved teenager unexpectedly finds healing in a country struggling with its own wounds. Read full book review >

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BEE AND JACKY by Carolyn Coman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"Readers may find the story's ambiguities creepy, and impossible to decipher, but they have an irreversible impact and, for good or bad, leave a lasting impression. (Fiction. 13+)"
Coman (What Jamie Saw, 1995, etc.) takes on another taboo in this hallucinatory tale of a profoundly injured family. Read full book review >

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LOSING THINGS AT MR. MUDD'S by Carolyn Coman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"An interesting effort, adding up to more than just a worthy experiment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Staying with ``distant relative'' Mr. Mudd, Lucy is shown many wonderful things (music-boxes, old books) and even given a real ruby ring, but she's deprived of any pleasure by his constant warnings: everything is too precious to be touched. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY BANK by Carolyn Coman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Brilliantly crafted, thoroughly enjoyable and, though so very like Dahl, unique as a fascinating new way to ponder dreams and memories. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Children's literature has a long history of cruel parents, but Hope Scroggins's are so heartless, they kick their tiny girl Honey out of the car for laughing… and never turn back. Read full book review >

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THE BIG HOUSE by Carolyn Coman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"This funny, thoroughly entertaining change of pace for Coman seamlessly blends fantasy and reality in that wonderful way children can, and Shepperson's splendid, Quentin Blake-style illustrations further enliven an engaging story of espionage, family loyalty, and justice prevailing. (Fiction. 9-12)"

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INFINITE IN BETWEEN by Carolyn Mackler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Characters live, grow, and ultimately come of age in a beautifully constructed world. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A Breakfast Club-style, randomly assigned freshman orientation group experiences the highs and lows of four years of high school.Read full book review >

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MY OWN REVOLUTION by Carolyn Marsden
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Inspired by a true story, this easily accessible novel should appeal to teens who, like Patrik, are keen observors of the chaos that surrounds them. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A vivid portrait of life under the Communist rule of 1960s Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >

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GUYAHOLIC by Carolyn Mackler
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Eye-opening as a sequel yet solid on its own, V's narration is simple and accessible as she learns to be brave. (Fiction. YA)"
Readers who know brazen, boy-crazy V from her aunt Mara's perspective (Vegan Virgin Valentine, 2004), will enjoy her first-person narration here, which reveals no inner brashness but rather a struggle for—and against—emotional distance. Read full book review >