Search Results: "Donna Cooner"


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CAN'T LOOK AWAY by Donna Cooner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Insightful and absorbing. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Cooner explores the dark side of popularity. Read full book review >

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WORTHY by Donna Cooner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 28, 2017

"In the end, it's a fairly conventional high school romance, slightly elevated by the feminist elements. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A girl struggling to find her own voice learns how to speak like herself. Read full book review >

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SKINNY by Donna Cooner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Lip service is paid to 'inner beauty,' but Cinderella, that quintessential consumer fairy tale and the plot's template, tells another story: It's what's outside that counts. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
For the ultimate makeover, nothing beats gastric-bypass surgery. Read full book review >

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INTO THE VOLCANO by Donna O’Meara
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Like titles in Houghton Mifflin's Science in the Field series, this volume will introduce young readers to a passionate scientist at work. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
At 32, O'Meara went back to college and fell in love with volcanoes and the instructor who introduced her to volcano watching; they have been researching volcanism ever since. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW by Donna Diamond
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Powerful, but select audience carefully. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Alone at dusk, a girl wordlessly tackles a demon. Read full book review >

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UNPLUGGED by Donna Freitas
Released: June 21, 2016

"Despite imperfections, one of the more ambitious and thought-provoking entries in a crowded genre. (Science fiction/dystopia. 12 & up)"
The selfie-tastical virtual world decides to unplug from the physical one, stranding one girl from her family—and from the truth. Read full book review >

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GOLD MEDAL WINTER by Donna Freitas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An admirable heroine navigates a difficult path to fame and fortune in a tale that will appeal to those looking for a lavish serving of romance along with an interesting backstage glimpse of the international skating world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dominican-American Esperanza Flores is not a typical world-class U.S. figure skater, but she's going to provide Olympics-eager girls the perfect opportunity to channel their ambitions. Read full book review >

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CROUCHING BUZZARD, LEAPING LOON by Donna Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Even so, Andrews is unlikely ever to find a setting better suited to her brand of frantically inventive farce than Silicon Valley East."
Bereft of her drama teacher sweetie, off filming a TV series, blacksmith/amateur sleuth Meg Langslow (Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingoes, 2001, etc.) has gone undercover as an office manager at her brother Rob's suburban Virginia software firm because he thinks something's fishy. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD DREAM by Donna VanLiere
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2012

"If Norman Rockwell had written novels, they would probably have turned out as nostalgically reassuring as this one."
An indomitable 30-year-old spinster living in a Tennessee backwater opens her home to an abused wild child, in a story of decent values, tidily told. Read full book review >

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RIVER WOMAN by Donna Hemans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Flawlessly interweaving personal and social tragedy with the imagery of interior and exterior spaces. Jamaica-born Hemans's rare and distinctive debut is not only a tale for our time, but one for all time."
A remarkably assured and insightful debut offers a finely tuned, sympathetic portrait of a teenaged mother whose toddler drowns accidentally in the river where she's washing clothes. Read full book review >

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BLOOD FROM A STONE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"Leon's most adroit balance of teasing mystery, Brunetti's droll battles with his co-workers and higher-ups, and intimations of something far deeper and darker behind the curtain."
Commissario Guido Brunetti's 14th case (Doctored Evidence, 2004, etc.) may be his best yet—not that he'd see it that way himself. Read full book review >