Search Results: "Courtney Sheinmel"


BOOK REVIEW

EDGEWATER by Courtney Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Riveting and heartbreaking. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Grey Gardens meets teen family drama. Read full book review >

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ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"Although the plot and the first-person narration often come off as contrived, the compelling subject and likable characters will please drama-loving fans of the problem novel well enough. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A seventh grader shouldn't need to be an expert on the differences between jail and prison, should she? Read full book review >

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CHLOE ON THE BRIGHT SIDE by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"On the bright side, maybe things will get better for Chloe and her readers in the next installment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Determined to find new best friends in her new school, fifth-grader Chloe Silver makes mistakes, but her essential kindness helps her out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2010

"A miss. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Two uninspired novels bound together in one feature Sophie and Katie, sixth-grade girls who have been assigned to each other as pen pals. Read full book review >

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POSITIVELY by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"This is a book that fulfills a specific need, but its overall flaws make it unlikely to be passed from reader to reader and gain a following. (Fiction. 9-14)"
HIV-positive Emmy has to put her life back together when her mother dies of AIDS. Read full book review >

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MY SO-CALLED FAMILY by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

This problem novel takes on identity issues that come with being the child of an unknown sperm donor. Read full book review >

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PARDON ME by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Not much happens to Stella, but she's fun to spend some time with, and now that she's successfully authored her own whole series, that'll be possible. (Fiction. 5-9) "
Back for her third outing, Stella reports, "If you write at least three books that are all connected then you have a series." Read full book review >

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STELLA BATTS NEEDS A NEW NAME by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2012

"A pleasant, good-humored early chapter book with the effervescence—and substance—of a soft drink. (Fiction. 5-9)"
In the first of a new series, third-grader Stella realizes she really needs a new name, since the class bully has started calling her "Smella," following an unfortunate (and stinky) accident on a field trip. Read full book review >

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SCAREDY CAT by Courtney Sheinmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"As in her other, now-numerous outings, Stella is a likable child; it's pleasant to spend some time with her. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Stella Batts, somewhat intrepid third-grader, is back for another adventure, and this time she's worried about bad luck—and ghosts.Read full book review >

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AGNES AND CLARABELLE by Adele Griffin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Though episodic rather than eventful, it's sure to entertain young readers transitioning to chapter books.(Fiction. 5-7)"
Griffin, Sheinmel, and Palacios introduce an earnest, quirky duo in a light series for transitioning readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FACELESS by Alyssa Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A problem novel, yes, but an absorbing one. (Fiction. 12-18) "
When a pretty, athletic girl loses her face in a fire, she gets a face transplant and struggles with the permanent changes in her life. Read full book review >

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SECOND STAR by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 13, 2014

"An absorbing new look at a familiar tale. (Mystery. 12-18)"
This retelling of Peter Pan set in the surfing community makes some of its own magic. Read full book review >