Search Results: "Debbie Leppanen"


BOOK REVIEW

TRICK-OR-TREAT by Debbie Leppanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"But nothing is new or truly exciting here, leaving this average effort lacking in tricks or treats. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Overall, Leppanen's collection of 15 poems—some clever, some funny, some creepy and some ho-hum—should get kids in a Halloween frame of mind. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMAL BOOGIE by Debbie  Harter
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A musical score is included. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Part guessing-game and part dance, this rollicking picture book takes readers on a wild safari. 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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THE YEAR OF GOODBYES by Debbie Levy
POETRY
Released: March 16, 2010

"An immensely powerful experience that needs to be read with an adult. (Poetry/nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Writing for modern readers about the Holocaust is fraught, and when children are the intended audience, the difficulties can be insurmountable. Read full book review >

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THE FOURTH QUEEN by Debbie Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Sometimes it's not all in the details."
Vivid details, graphic sex, and violence in yet another novel about a woman who takes on the world—in this case, an 18th-century Emperor of Morocco. Read full book review >

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STARTING NOW by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2013

"Macomber's writing and storytelling deliver what she's famous for—a smooth, satisfying tale with characters her fans will cheer for and an arc that is cozy, heartwarming and ends with the expected happily-ever-after."
When Libby Morgan is expecting to be named partner of her law firm but instead gets laid off, she's shocked and angry, but it may prove to be just what she needs to create the life she deserves. Read full book review >

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B.B. WOLF by Debbie Fong
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"A low-key, appealingly unpretentious twist on a familiar folk tale. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
A revised "Little Red Riding Hood," with unusually simple and effective illustrations and interactive features. Read full book review >

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IMPERFECT SPIRAL by Debbie Levy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 16, 2013

"This poignant novel loses its way. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
The accidental death of a young child touches the lives of others in ways they never expected. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A nuanced, not-entirely-unsympathetic account of the women who perpetrated a sensational literary fraud."
Nathan (Pornography, 2007, etc.) claims that the subject of the 1973 international bestseller, Sybil by Flora Schreiber, and the blockbuster film that followed, was a deliberate fabrication that not only fooled a mass popular audience but shaped the practice of psychiatry, opening the door to mass hysteria and misdiagnosis. Read full book review >

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TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Another heartwarming seasonal Macomber tale, which fans will find as bright and cozy as a blazing fire on Christmas Eve."
Friendly Julia Padden can't stand her grumpy neighbor, Cain Maddox, but when her best friend goads her to kill him with kindness for the Christmas season, both their lives begin to change for the better—until he discovers she's chronicling the experiment on a blog. Read full book review >