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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RHYTHMS by Donna Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Heartfelt vividness breathes life into a soap-ish plot from Hill (Shipwreck Season, 1998, etc.)."
A Mississippi preacher's daughter heads north—and comes home humbled. Read full book review >

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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 >

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DANCE OF KNIVES by Donna McMahon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A brisk, well-constructed swirl of murky plots and dark psychology, if rather heavy on the lesbian angle: a debut that, despite impressive ingredients, lacks warmth."
By the 22nd century, after climatic change and rising sea levels, the city of Vancouver is divided between prosperous but regressive and cliquish Guild territory and the island of Downtown, whose slums are inhabited by the Guildless, refugees from America, gangs, criminals, and the destitute. Read full book review >