Search Results: "Donna Gephart"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

Gephart writes humorously about a preteen's concerns regarding her mom, governor of Florida. Read full book review >

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DEATH BY TOILET PAPER by Donna Gephart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Readers can't help but enjoy this heartening book about hanging in there. (Fiction. 9-12)"
After the death of his beloved father, a contest-loving seventh-grade boy and his hardworking waitress mother fight to stay financially afloat. Read full book review >

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OLIVIA BEAN, TRIVIA QUEEN by Donna Gephart
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"This tale will have readers cheering for the resilient, resourceful Olivia. (Fiction. 9-13)"
One question can best sum up 12-year-old Olivia Bean's life: What is worse than having a 5-year-old brother who is obsessed with gross trivia and sharing your house with your mother's boyfriend? Read full book review >

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LILY AND DUNKIN by Donna Gephart
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Gephart's compassion is noble, but it's not enough to make Lily's story resonate. (resources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Lily is trans and is facing puberty, which will make her look less than herself than she does now, while new kid Dunkin's manic impulsiveness makes him a misfit; though they click immediately, life gets complicated. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 2010

David Greenberg, would-be future anchor of The Daily Show, enters middle school with problems: Longtime best friend Elliott has abandoned him for new, nastier and bigger friends, David hasn't spoken with his runaway mother in months and he's dumbstruck by a sudden crush on adorable, peppermint-scented redhead Sophie Meyers. Read full book review >

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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 >

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THE DEATH OF DONNA-MAY DEAN by Joey Manley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1991

"Though sometimes slick—and though Keller's stories are not nearly the hoot Manley seems to think they are—this is an honest portrayal of not only small-town homosexuality but also of generational conflict."
A promising first novel that chronicles homosexual life in small-town Alabama—in particular, the coming of age of Jamie, who rejects the camp-riddled life of his storytelling mentor for realism. Read full book review >

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DONNA ROSE AND THE ROOTS OF EVIL by Norma Tadlock Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 2009

"The bourgeoning romance between Johnson's delightful older sleuths (Donna Rose and the Slug War, 2005) is likely to make them even more popular with the cozy crowd."
The murder of an inept and unpopular police chief leaves a pair of amateur sleuths in charge. Read full book review >

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THE WOOD QUEEN by Karen Mahoney
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"Readers of the previous book will welcome this addition and wait impatiently for the next book in the series. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)"
The Iron Witch (2011) ended with the restoration of Donna Underwood's friends and the death of the monster that haunted her nightmares. However, Donna's first journal entry in this sequel states that her "dreams are still full of fear and pain, even though it is a different sort of fear and a new kind of pain," promising an exciting installment in this fantasy series. Read full book review >

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THE STONE DEMON by Karen Mahoney
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 8, 2013

"This engrossing series conclusion does justice to its kick-ass heroine, her funny sidekick and a vulnerable romantic interest. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)"
"And then there's Demian. He may be a demon—the king of the demons—but at least he's true to his nature." Donna Underwood's final journal entry indicates a sneaking respect for the enemy she faces in the exciting finish of the Iron Witch trilogy. Read full book review >

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VENDETTA by Jackie Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Otherwise, it's rather a by-the-numbers if harmless romp. ($300,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Collins is back, and so is the ever-popular Lucky (Lady Boss, 1990, etc.), both operating here, it would seem, on automatic pilot. Read full book review >