Search Results: "Dana Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

ELSEWHERE, CALIFORNIA by Dana Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2012

"Meditative literary fiction, a near-dream-state reflection on the duality of life."
When her father's passion for a better life moved the family from Los Angeles' 80th Street to West Covina, Avery Arlington liked the suburb's "promised stellar living." Now she's not so sure. Read full book review >

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BREAK ANY WOMAN DOWN by Dana Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Still, a subtle and sometimes compelling vision of Los Angeleno life."
From the latest Flannery O'Connor Award winner, a debut collection of nine stories mainly about being young and black in southern California. Read full book review >

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IN THE NOT QUITE DARK by Dana Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Eleven poignant stories that look to the past to portray the present."
An insightful collection of stories that paint diverse portraits of present-day Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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UNICORN VS. GOBLINS by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fans of the series may appreciate its untiring comedic banter, but the endless sparkles and running jokes start to lose a bit of their luster, making this feel a bit like a one-trick pony—er, unicorn. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In this third installment, Phoebe and her unicorn find themselves encountering yet more whimsical hilarity. Read full book review >

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PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN IN THE MAGIC STORM by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Weathering this storm should leave readers on cloud nine. (glossary, appendices) (Graphic fantasy. 6-11)"
In their sixth adventure, Phoebe and her best pal, Marigold the unicorn, must determine the cause of a magical storm. Read full book review >

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PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A sweet, spun-sugar confection just right for unicorn fans. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn. Read full book review >

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OZZIE AND THE ART CONTEST by Dana Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Once the story's lesson is revealed, there is little reason to read this one again. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ozzie enters the art contest at school only to be disappointed at the results. Read full book review >

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KAY KAY'S ALPHABET SAFARI by Dana Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Kids will enjoy the silliness, and there's lots of potential for the classroom. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Themed alphabet books are like the Little Engine that Could—they just keep on comin'. Read full book review >

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LIKE WATER ON STONE by Dana Walrath
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"The emotional impact these events had on individuals will certainly resonate, but understanding the conflict at large may still require supplemental reading. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
This verse novel uses alternating narrators to document three siblings' flight from the 1915 Armenian genocide. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE by Dana Reinhardt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 27, 2008

"Readers will find Harper absolutely charming, even at her most sardonic moments. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Harper lost her mother when she was two years old. Read full book review >

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JASON & KYRA by Dana Davidson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Suffering without a strong story or inspired writing, Davidson's debut misses its mark. (Fiction. 12+)"
An improbable romance blossoms between two African-American students: Jason Vincent, basketball star and one of the most popular guys in school, and intelligent, but inexperienced Kyra Evans. Read full book review >

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SOUTH OF SUNSHINE by Dana Elmendorf
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2016

"Ultimately, the novel contains positive messages about acceptance, but they are wrapped in an occasionally uneven plot. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Fearing small-town gossip and recriminations, Kaycee struggles to continue hiding her attraction to girls when world-traveler Bren moves into town. Read full book review >