Search Results: "Carolyn Mackler"


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BEST FRIEND NEXT DOOR by Carolyn Mackler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"Mackler deftly weaves the thread of her plot between the two girls' tribulations and joys (at school and home) for a story that will resonate with any child who has ever struggled to parse the mysteries of friendship. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-olds Hannah and Emme have a lot in common—but does that mean they have to be friends? Read full book review >

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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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TANGLED by Carolyn Mackler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"The novel, which has strong romantic undertones, chronicles the teens' interconnections and the psychological growth that results, deftly demonstrating that people aren't always who they seem to be. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Brimming with girl appeal, Mackler's emotionally generous, character-driven novel tells the story of four vacationing teens whose lives are forever changed after crossing paths on a tropical island. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"An easy read with substance and spirit. (Fiction. YA)"
"Froggy Welsh the Fourth is trying to get up my shirt," begins this eminently accessible journey from self-hatred to confidence. 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 >

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VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE by Carolyn Mackler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Funny and optimistic. (Fiction. YA)"
Warmth and humor suffuse the story of Mara's senior-year transformation from tense, rigid perfectionist to relaxed, centered graduate. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Without question a page-turner, it's nevertheless unlikely to linger long in readers' minds. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
If you had the chance to see what your life would be like 15 years in the future, would you take it? Read full book review >

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THE BIG WISH by Carolyn Conahan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2011

"Quirky and full of heart. (Picture book. 5-8)"
If wishes were dandelions, then... a whole town might go crazy. Read full book review >

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STARFIELDS by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"While the concluding author's note provides explication of some of these elements, some readers may not stick it out. (Spanish/Mayan glossary) (Fiction. 9-12)"
In Marsden's latest tale of cross-cultural friendship, a modern Mayan girl fights to protect her rural Mexican village from encroaching development. Read full book review >

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THE LOST CHILDREN by Carolyn Cohagan
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Readers who get to the resolution will find it as contrived and illogical as the rest of the book. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Twelve-year-old Josephine falls through a wormhole into a land whose cruel ruler bears her distant father's name in this confused and confusing debut. Read full book review >

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LOVING WILL SHAKESPEARE by Carolyn Meyer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The tale closes with a brief account of Will's many years in London, and his return home to Stratford for five good years before his death. (Historical fiction. YA)"
Meyer has done her research and very neatly tied this first-person narrative to the slim sheaf of facts known about William Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway. Read full book review >

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FOSTER'S WAR by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"By story's end, all of them have taken the first tentative steps toward reconciliation, a moving and believable conclusion to a story of a family in conflict. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A vivid and compelling piece of historical fiction that also serves as a telling commentary on the effects an abusive parent has on his family. Read full book review >