Search Results: "Deb Vanasse"


BOOK REVIEW

NO RETURNS by Gail Giles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2014

"The first movement in an ambitious song cycle of a tale which, despite a few sour notes, offers entertaining characters."
Giles (Dark Song, 2010) and Vanasse (Out of the Wilderness, 2013) team up for a paranormal novel, the first in a series featuring three teenage musicians in an unwitting Faustian bargain, a mysterious librarian and a supernatural James Cagney wannabe. Read full book review >

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A DISTANT ENEMY by Deb Vanasse
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Joseph's emotional turbulence in the face of assaults from the outside world makes for a gripping story; Vanasse provides powerful commentary on the conflict of cultures as well as an inspiring story of a turning point in a young boy's life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
To Joseph, 14, a Yup'ik Eskimo living in remote southwestern Alaska, the coming of the kass'aqs (whites) is threatening his people's way of life, and he is angry. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE WILDERNESS by Deb Vanasse
Released: March 22, 1999

"The complex interplay of feelings in this troubled family, set against the pristine beauty of backwoods Alaska, imbues an already compelling read with a refreshing combination of action and psychological depth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Josh, 15, lives with his father and older half-brother, Nathan, in a cabin in the wilderness 100 miles from Anchorage, Alaska. Read full book review >

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BEAR AND SQUIRREL ARE FRIENDS...YES, REALLY! by Deb Pilutti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A nifty, expectation-defying read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) "
They might look very different, but Bear and Squirrel are friends. Read full book review >

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THE LAST FOREVER by Deb Caletti
ROMANCE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A story that proves there can, indeed, be life after death. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A despairing father and his 17-year-old daughter take an emotional journey together that brings redemption, hope and healing. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Deb Loughead
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Too many flaws to make it worthy of precious reading time. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Secrets and lies and guilt and shame choke this mild thriller. Read full book review >

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HE'S GONE by Deb Caletti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2013

"Well-written, strongly characterized and emotionally complex fiction."
YA veteran and National Book Award finalist Caletti (The Story of Us, 2012, etc.) makes a striking adult debut with this tale of a husband's mysterious disappearance. Read full book review >

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SHADOW GIRL by Deb Abramson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"The memoir as reduced to recitals of dysfunction."
A competently written, unremarkable coming-of-age memoir. Read full book review >

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SNEEZENESIA by Deb Lucke
by Deb Lucke, illustrated by Deb Lucke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"If nothing else, this cautionary tale may get readers to cover their sneezes in fear of forgetting something vital. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What might happen if a sneeze is too powerful? Read full book review >

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THE NATURE OF JADE by Deb Caletti
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"All in all, a pleasure. (Fiction. YA)"
For Jade, prone to panic attacks that consume her, watching the elephant cam from the nearby zoo offers peace. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF EVERYTHING by Deb Caletti
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Cosmic comedy. (Fiction. YA)"
Alternating between pithy humor and ominous foreboding, high-school junior Jordan MacKenzie's voice describes her life, family, and friends in this gothic with an edge. Read full book review >