Search Results: "Diana Sudyka"


BOOK REVIEW

EVERY SINGLE SECOND by Trisha Springstubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"With an engaging protagonist, a fast-moving story, important themes subtly conveyed, and touches of humor, this is a richly layered story that will have wide appeal. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Nella's worldview widens amid a tangle of emotions in this coming-of-age exploration of time and change. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET KEEPERS by Trenton Lee Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society (2007) will welcome Stewart's latest puzzling adventure, whose seemingly ordinary hero proves quite extraordinary. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A solitary boy with a penchant for finding "spots where no one would ever think to look" finds a mysterious watch and unravels a series of startling secrets. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Though still entertainingly quirky, this second doorstopper episode has more of an air of trading on the previous one's cleverness than building on it. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The seemingly ordinary young members of The Mysterious Benedict Society (2007) reunite for another grand adventure, though the author's mannered prose style, his habit of explaining things that need no explanation and his protagonist's compulsive need to ruminate over the ethics of every action may wear down less patient readers. Read full book review >

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WILDFLOWER ABC by Diana Pomeroy
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Some readers will want to refer to the earlier book for instructions on how to create the prints. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Using potato prints, acrylic paints, and appliquÇ, Pomeroy (One Potato, 1996) has created an alphabet of wildflowers not to be missed. Read full book review >

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ELEANOR, ARTHUR, AND CLAIRE by Diana Engel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"With the importance it places on creativity in relationships and in working through grief, unusual and effective as well as appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Claire loves visits with Grandma, a painter, and Grandpa, a sculptor. Read full book review >

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JOSEPHINA HATES HER NAME by Diana Engel
Released: March 24, 1989

The little alligator girl introduced in Josephina, the Great Collector is back in another illuminating vignette. Read full book review >

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THE SHELF-PAPER JUNGLE by Diana Engel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"A gentle, reassuring message about the durability of friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Another bittersweet little tale of loss and change in a relationship that's been strengthened by shared artistic endeavors (see also Eleanor, Arthur, and Claire, 1992). Read full book review >

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BLUE VOYAGE by Diana Renn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A solid choice for readers hungry for an absorbing mystery. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A teen exiled to Turkey for the summer gets wrapped up in a deadly game of smuggle-the-priceless-artifact. Read full book review >

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Released: June 12, 2012

"A perfectly pleasant read on its own, this could send readers to investigate the source—a happy outcome indeed. (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)"
A post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion scores high for ingenuity but loses points with sledgehammer morality. Read full book review >

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INSIGHT by Diana Greenwood
Released: May 1, 2011

"Given the generally unloving relationship Elvira has with her mother, the feel-good ending seems too pat, but the supernatural element will extend appeal to a broader audience. (Christian/supernatural fiction. 10 & up)"
A mid-century family road trip becomes a journey into faith. Read full book review >

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BAD BOY by Diana Wieler
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"Believable subplots, some violent hockey action, and a particularly strong supporting cast enhance a story that is thoughtful and, ultimately, optimistic: in the end, the friendship survives. (Fiction. 13+)"
A second novel that builds on the strengths of the author's first, Last Chance Summer (1991): here, A.J. thinks his 16th year will be the best yet—until he discovers that his closest friend, Tully, is gay and that his hockey coach condones deliberate brutality on the ice. A.J. has proudly moved up to the Cyclones, a Triple-A team, and is developing an intense interest in Tully's younger sister, Summer. Read full book review >