Search Results: "Clete Barrett Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC DELIVERY by Clete Barrett Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"An unfortunate misstep from an otherwise solid author. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A middle school con artist finds unexpected possibilities in…magic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALIEN ON A RAMPAGE by Clete Barrett Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"With a festival grand finale that's like a picnic of the living dead, this outing is spot-on for middle graders who like a dash of humor in their science fiction. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
In this warm-hearted sequel to Aliens on Vacation (2011), David resumes his summer job at Grandma's Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast and finds himself on the wrong footing with a creepy alien. Read full book review >

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ALIENS ON VACATION by Clete Barrett Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2011

"Ideal for upper-elementary readers dabbling in sci-fi. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
Summer with grandma: boring, right? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An unbalanced but still effective tear-jerker. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A high school drug dealer learns some harsh truths. Read full book review >

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TIME IS AN ILLUSION
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Equine-tastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes! (And Bonus LOVE)
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Bonus Factors:
 Fake Book, Blended Family, Road Trip
Relationship Status: Infinite Miles

 

Cover Story: Equine-tastic

Good news, everyone: I've finally solved the mystery of the terrible YA ...


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BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE COLLEGE
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Straight Up
Bonus Factor: College Transition
Relationship Status: Keep In Touch

 

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment

This cover, with its black and white photograph, playful typography ...


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A BOY, A BIRD, A BOMB, A BOAT
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Could Be Better
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
 0
Talky Talk: Carry These Stories
Bonus Factors:
 Culture Shock, Summer Camp, Weird Science
Relationship Status: Taking the Leap

 

Cover Story: Could Be Better

This cover isn't bad, but I've just been spoiled ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CATS GOT TALENT by Ron Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Despite light touches, the cavalier abandonment of the cats, the satiric spoofing of the cats' ambitions and their naïve satisfaction with their 'success' create a disappointingly mean-spirited tone overall. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Three stray cats, formerly pets, try to strike it big in showbiz. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MARSHMALLOW INCIDENT by Judi Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The overlong text never really gets past its vaguely Monty Python-esque premise, making it an insufficiently daffy, one-joke Lesson in Cooperation rather than the full-on goof-fest that made the Barretts' earlier book such a favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Timed to coincide with the release of the film of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, this unrelated tale from the Barretts is a wan fable about Getting Along, enlivened with a little pale silliness. Read full book review >

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COLD IN SUMMER by Tracy Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A genuine ghost story without coincidental explanations that will draw readers eerily in. (Fiction. 10-14)"
No way does Ariadne want to spend her seventh-grade year in a hick town in Tennessee just because her mom got a job at the university there. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURDER IN CHINA RED by Dean Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2002

"But despite repeated flashbacks to scenes of his hero's Beijing torture, is as flimsy as the paper target in a shooting gallery."
After pretty Judy Fisher thumbs through her sleeping john's credit cards, she heads for the shower—and steps out to find there are two more guests, uninvited and armed, in Room 1204 of the toney Palace Hotel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOT THE KILLING TYPE by Lorna Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2013

"Barrett continues her winning ways with another mystery chock full of interesting suspects and a surprising denouement."
A New Hampshire mystery bookstore owner uses all the knowledge she has gained from reading her wares to help solve a murder. Read full book review >