Search Results: "Dakota Lane"


BOOK REVIEW

GOTHIC LOLITA by Dakota Lane
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 25, 2008

"As the novel progresses, it becomes easier to track the plot, but ultimately this work emphasizes style over substance and its languid pace fails to support its self-proclaimed designation as a thriller. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Atmospherically moody and often confusing, this dual narrative is told from the perspective of two teenage girls: Miya, who lives in Tokyo, and Chelsea, in California. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIFE OF IT GIRLS by Dakota Lane
FICTION
Released: June 5, 2007

"Daring but uneven. (Short stories. 12+)"
This innovative combination of photo shoot and short-story collection looks at the "it girl" from the inside. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHEUS OBSESSION by Dakota Lane
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2005

"Sharp and hypnotic. (Fiction. YA)"
This myth-linked reality tale in incisive prose has a glittering Weetzie Bat sensibility. Read full book review >

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JOHNNY VOODOO by Dakota Lane
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A brooding, atmospheric story. (Fiction. 12+)"
From a new author, a haunting, sometimes intensely sensual tale of failed teenage love, set in a small bayou town. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Combat memoirs don't get any more personal, and Meyer deserves honors for his honesty here just as much as for his experiences in the field."
Scarifying memoir by Medal of Honor winner Meyer, proving that war is indeed hell—and the bureaucracy of war more hellish still. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO AUGIE HOBBLE by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Great fun, with hardly a trope or theme left unspun. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The award-bedizened illustrator offers up his first novel. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA GREEN by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Though this book has lots of adult appeal, it will also be a wonderful bridge to exploring family history with the very young. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An adoring great-grandson and a topiary garden tell the stories of one man's life. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY MOVES TO THE COUNTRY! by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"The language moves a little past the prequel's 'Dick and Jane' primer level, but the twists are still sudden, sardonic, and as diverting to children as they are to grown-ups. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Hockys get a taste (and a smell) of rural living in this belated sequel to Smith's deliciously post-modern primer, The Happy Hocky Family (1993). Read full book review >

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D.C. HOPPER by Lane Raichert
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 11, 1992

"Still, a book that will satisfy many young sf fans. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A new author and a new publisher, both experienced in the TV industry, bring care and expertise to presenting a predictable story. Read full book review >

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ABE LINCOLN'S DREAM by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An adroit blend of humor, compassion and quiet optimism reflects the statesman's character and make this a first choice for February or anytime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Smith transcends clichés to present a fresh and intimate glimpse of the 16th president. Read full book review >

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IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith
by Lane Smith, illustrated by Lane Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Despite Smith's sly title-page introduction of 'jackass' as a legitimate animal label for donkey, this closing gibe refocuses and cheapens the humor into a gratuitous insult that yields no benefit beyond a feeling of superiority. (Picture book. 4-11)"
Saucy hilarity and clever visual characterization make this wide-audience treat delectable until the potentially off-putting final page. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fun for all. (Easy reader. 3-8)"
Seventeen extremely short stories to delight the pre-primer crowd and their younger sibs. Read full book review >