Search Results: "David Klass"


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LOSERS TAKE ALL by David Klass
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A victory, if of the minor sort. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When a football coach-turned-principal enforces a new policy requiring every senior to join an athletic team, a group of self-professed geeks, oddballs, and other nonathletes creates a team that challenges the high school's long-standing sports culture. Read full book review >

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GRANDMASTER by David Klass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"The paint-by-numbers plot and unimaginative dialogue are unlikely to encourage anyone but the most die-hard chess aficionado to finish this rote problem novel. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A mediocre high school chess player discovers his perfectly ordinary father is a former grandmaster in this standard-issue father-son relationship story. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Sheer fluff and nonsense, but if the first two are popular, this one will rocket off the shelves. (Science fiction. YA)"
Breakneck pacing and ecological earnestness supplant coherent storytelling in the over-the-top culmination of this time-travel trilogy. Read full book review >

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HOME OF THE BRAVES by David Klass
SPORTS
Released: Oct. 30, 2002

"While it lacks the brilliance and humor of Klass's You Don't Know Me (2001), overall this is a solid school and sports story that will find a ready audience. (Fiction. 12+)"
While better written and more psychologically complex than most sports fiction, this compelling offering still follows a standard sports plot: the main character feels threatened by a new, outstanding player on his team. Read full book review >

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DANGER ZONE by David Klass
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"The plot runs a predictable, tried-and-true course, but the author festoons it with frank, thoughtful observations about fathers and sons, city versus small town values, race, friendship, and courage. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Tapped for an international junior tournament, a small-town high school basketball star goes one-on-one with a hostile teammate and with his own fears. Read full book review >

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CALIFORNIA BLUE by David Klass
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A rich story, capped by a brilliantly crafted, multilayered reconciliation between father and son. (Fiction. 11+)"
Klass writes a sort of enriched sports fiction, combining vividly told stories of athletic competition with perceptive explorations of character and social themes. Read full book review >

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WHIRLWIND by David Klass
ADVENTURE
Released: March 25, 2008

"Anyone looking for careful writing, character development or a thoughtful exploration of important issues will throw it against the wall. (Science fiction. YA)"
Frenetic pacing enlivens environmental preaching in this eco-thriller follow-up to Firestorm (2006). Read full book review >

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SCREEN TEST by David Klass
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"While Klass's protagonist here isn't much different, except physically, from his male heroes, she demonstrates the inner strength to cope with challenges overt and subtle, and to make savvy choices in the clutch. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Can a high-school sophomore from New Jersey keep her head and her heart when Hollywood calls? Read full book review >

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STUCK ON EARTH by David Klass
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 2010

"Despite hackneyed gender stereotypes and a cast of stock characters, the painful humor (or perhaps the humorous pain) of Ketchvar's adventure will win fans. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
The Galactic Confederation is nothing if not fair. Read full book review >

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YOU DON’T KNOW ME by David Klass
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Nevertheless, this is an engrossing story, in the vein of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak (1999), to which readers will immediately connect. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Klass (Screen Test, 1997, etc.) has woven a captivating first-person narrative with an original voice. Read full book review >

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DARK ANGEL by David Klass
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Sinister and thought-provoking, events and characters unfold in such a way as to ask readers to decide if evil is a genetic thing and therefore inescapable, or is it a choice? (Fiction. YA)"
Secrets in a small town can be dangerous. Read full book review >

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SECOND IMPACT by David Klass
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Most of all, the passion that Carla brings to telling her story and the desire Jerry has for his team's success will resonate with aspiring journalists and teen sports fans alike. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Carla Jenson, sports reporter for her school paper, convinces Jerry Downing, star quarterback and excellent writer, to blog about the team's season—a novel idea with unexpected repercussions. Read full book review >