Search Results: "Donna Gephart"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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HOLY GHOST GIRL by Donna Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"A trustworthy narrator, Johnson is consistently funny, poetic and remarkably devoid of bitterness."
Growing up on the revivalist sawdust trail in the 1960s. 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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BABYCAKES by Donna Kauffman
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Despite some flaws, this is a sweet, romantic confection that will have readers rooting for Sugarberry Island and all of its inhabitants but especially for the star-crossed Kit and Morgan, little Lilly and her turtle friends."
Kit and Morgan each come to Sugarberry Island for a fresh start, and despite some major valid reasons as to why they should keep their distance, they simply can't get over the feeling that their new lives go together like frosting on a cupcake. Read full book review >