Search Results: "Debbie Knowles"


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BLUE SKY WITH CLOUDS by Julie Mulcahy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 15, 2013

"Stylistically a bit awkward, but an honest, powerful book nonetheless."
Eight true stories of perseverance through adversity, interspersed with applicable advice and resources. Read full book review >

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LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL by Jo Knowles
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A razor-sharp examination of friendship, abuse and secrets. (Fiction. YA)"
Spare and evocative prose weaves the story of Leah and Lainey's turbulent and abusive friendship. Read full book review >

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WALKING THROUGH THE JUNGLE by Debbie  Harter
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A simple, enjoyable environmental romp. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Harter sets her young character trooping through various habitats, chanting as she goes: ``Walking through the jungle,/Walking through the jungle,/What do you see?/What do you see?'' Readers soon come to understand that each place harbors a creature that might be a threat: ``I think I see a lion,/Chasing after me,/Chasing after me.'' All the animals—from blowfish to Dall sheep to Arctic foxes—are rendered in fantastical colors. Read full book review >

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ROCKS BEAT PAPER by Mike Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Knowles builds for impact and speed. Even the ruthless hero's matter-of-fact reflections on his felonious craft ('The games we play are never fair and they never end clean. They just end') achieve a truly baleful economy."
The fifth recorded caper for the thief who, imitating Richard Stark's Parker, is known only as Wilson dangles a fortune in jewels in front of him and an ill-fated crew. Read full book review >

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Just Go Sell! by Colin Knowles
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 4, 2015

"Smart, on target, and born of experience, this strong volume should be highly instructive for the novice and reassuring to the accomplished salesperson.
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A debut book characterizes the art of selling as building relationships. Read full book review >

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READ BETWEEN THE LINES by Jo Knowles
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 10, 2015

"A fascinating study of misperceptions, consequences and the teen condition. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Over the span of one day, Knowles' novel offers glimpses into the intertwined lives of nine teens and one high school teacher. Read full book review >

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LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN by Jo Knowles
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Readers will be behind Josh all the way. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In this delightful and moving follow-up to Jumping Off Swings (2009), 17-year-old Josh moves away from his hometown and in with his ever-sanguine uncle to avoid confronting a crisis of his own making. Read full book review >

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STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS by Jo Knowles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A poignant window and mirror into the lives of families affected by a health disorder. (Fiction. 11-14)"
For eighth-grader Noah, juggling school, friends, and hormones would be simple enough. Unfortunately, there is also the Thing We Don't Talk About, which looms over his family life. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2012

"Prescient writing, fully developed characters and completely, tragically believable situations elevate this sad, gripping tale to a must-read level. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
Sit back in a comfortable chair, bring on the Kleenex and cry your heart out. Read full book review >

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PEARL by Jo Knowles
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 19, 2011

"Knowles' fine ear for dialogue and her sensitive, nuanced portrayal of ordinary people's mishandling of complex situations allow her to play with soap-opera conventions without being crushed under their clichéd weight. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A touching family melodrama about the corrosive nature of secrets and the cleansing power of honesty. Read full book review >