Search Results: "Crystal Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

CRYSTAL by Walter Dean Myers
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1987

"And no one can complain about the moral."
The story of a black teen-ager caught in the fast-lane world of modeling, with the personal cost in stress that goes with the glamour and money as the main theme. Read full book review >

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THE LAURA LINE by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Smartly rigged with history and graced with quick dialogue, the novel sails with Laura's snappy quips. Unfortunately, the story's emotional core sinks, leaving readers unsatisfied and adrift. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Modern sass combines with a historical twist, making an uneven blend of middle school melodrama and the bitter realities of slavery. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"This stands out for its unusual setting and smooth integration of friendship and family concerns. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sucked into "business" with a crooked classmate, bowling fanatic Lamar Washington makes good money faking his skills, but when a disruptive prank reveals his new friend Billy's duplicity, he realizes how wrong it was to aim to be "the smoothest baddest dude" in Coffin, Ind. Read full book review >

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THE WALL OF FAME GAME by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With a charming cast of characters that readers will be eager to follow, this is a welcome addition to what should become a long-running middle-grade series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Following series opener Spirit Week Showdown (2016), the magnificent Mya Tibbs is back, and so is her competitive spirit! Read full book review >

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WOODY ALLEN by John Baxter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Allen's fans, who are presumably Baxter's target audience, will prefer to let his films do the talking."
The biographer of Steven Spielberg (1997) and Stanley Kubrick sets his sights on one of the cinema's great comic minds. Read full book review >

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WOODY ALLEN ON WOODY ALLEN by Stig Björkman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Strictly for those who devour the Woodman's every word."
Get two filmmakers together to talk about work and the result should be interesting, especially if one of them—Woody Allen- -seldom sits for long interviews. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Klein changed the way rock does business. In this balanced, fascinating, and well-written biography, Goodman gives him credit where it's due."
The story of a manager more often vilified than any other in the history of rock. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 1, 1974

"This intimate exposition of personality and creativity is the most vivid understanding we have of the major contemporary poet."
Ball has found a most benign use for his Sony — eavesdropping on Allen Ginsberg's 1971 cross-country college lecture tour at UC Davis, Wisconsin State, Wyoming, St. Read full book review >

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SPIRIT WEEK SHOWDOWN by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Nuanced depictions of friendship coupled with larger-than-life and fully three-dimensional characters make this delightful book at once thoughtful and a riot to read. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Allen deftly explores the evolving friendships of Mya Tibbs as she and her Spirit Week partner compete for VIP tickets to the Fall Festival. Read full book review >

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CRYSTAL BLADE  by Kathryn Purdie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"With this second installment, the Burning Glass trilogy hits its stride. (map) (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Riaznin is finally free from imperial rule. Read full book review >

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CRYSTAL BONES by C. Aubrey Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"It's not subtle, but it will carry along some readers on the prose's pure eagerness. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
This enthusiastic but clichéd series opener strings trope after trope on a thread of purple prose. Read full book review >

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ETHAN ALLEN by Willard Sterne Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2011

"Colorful, well-written and nuanced."
Randall (History/Champlain Coll.; Alexander Hamilton: A Life, 2003, etc.) delves beneath the myth to fashion the definitive biography of the frontier hero and founder of Vermont. Read full book review >