Search Results: "Donna Freitas"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TENDERNESS OF THIEVES by Donna Freitas
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 26, 2015

"Readers will likely solve the puzzle before Jane does, but fortunately, there's plenty to enjoy here besides the whodunit. (Mystery. 14-18)"
A smart, straight-laced teen who's survived a terrifying crime falls hard for a boy from a family with a bad reputation in this summer romance shot through with suspense. Read full book review >

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GOLD MEDAL SUMMER by Donna Freitas
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A sports story that handsprings away from romance and toward a commendable joy in accomplishment. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Freitas, who brought readers the delightfully feisty protagonist of The Possibilities of Sainthood (2008), is back with another determined young teen facing challenge. Read full book review >

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THE BODY MARKET by Donna Freitas
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 28, 2017

"Skip the lukewarm romance to get to the eventful ending. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Skylar's floundering after the deceptions and betrayals uncovered in Unplugged (2016). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 2013

"It's good to sound the alarm, but having a plan to go with it would be welcome."
"The digital generation" would perhaps be surprised to learn that the cultural mores around sexual relationships have an ebb and flow to them—that "hookup culture," as it's commonly referred to now, is similar to the way things were back in the 1960s. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 8, 2008

"Like good homemade pasta, this satisfying novel balances lightness with substance and leaves teens wanting another serving. (Fiction. 12 & up.)"
Antonia Labella is a typical parochial schoolgirl, complete with plaid skirts and knee socks, but for years she's hoped the Vatican would make her something much more: a saint. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Attention-grabbing research that amply shows the many detriments of social media, particularly for young adults."
The latest exploration of why social media may not be so great after all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SURVIVAL KIT by Donna Freitas
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Although somewhat predictable, Rose's cathartic interactions with her survival kit provide a creative way to show that mother always does know best. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A story of struggle in which 16-year-old Rose fights to bloom again after her mother's death from cancer. Read full book review >

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THIS GORGEOUS GAME by Donna Freitas
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"Icky but ultimately unexciting, this one could have used a little levity or, failing that, some genuine tension. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Freitas, whose first novel (The Possibilities of Sainthood, 2008) dealt lightly with love and Catholicism, here takes on abusive priests. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BATHTUB PRIMA DONNA by Anne Brouillard
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Brouillard's illustrations are gems: a beckoning village square, a storm of operatic dimensions, and an unforgettable songbird. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This fine little enchantment from Brouillard follows the consequences of a prima donna discovering the tap will issue no water for her morning bath. Read full book review >

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HOOPI SHOOPI DONNA by Suzanne Strempek Shea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Until the ludicrous finale, when Betty's sister Aniela, a Donna look-alike from Poland, appears and offers a highly implausible rationale for Donna's father's inexcusable behavior, this is a sometimes rollicking, sometimes heartbreaking, effectively quirky read. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A worthy follow-up (titled after the American pronunciation of a Polish polka) to Shea's promising debut (Selling the Lite of Heaven, 1994); again, the author captures the spirit of an insular Polish-Catholic community and homes in on one unforgettable family. Read full book review >