Search Results: "Donna Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

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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SOCCER SHOCK by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Brainy Adam wants desperately to make the fifth-grade soccer team but doesn't have much chance until star player Grayson offers lessons in exchange for math tutoring—and, more importantly, Adam discovers that a lightning bolt's near miss has left him with the ability to hear the freckles on his knees talking, so that he has an efficient early-warning system on the playing field. 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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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 >

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BROTHERS (& ME) by Donna Britt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2011

"A probing psychological exploration that delves to rarely tapped depths."
An African-American woman's plight to properly grieve for her murdered brother while untangling her own psychological hang-ups. 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 TYSEN HOTEL by Donna Gormly
Released: July 9, 2012

"A fresh take on forbidden love and forgiveness with warm, winning characters."
Gormly's enjoyable debut novel explores the political, religious and social dynamics of rural life in fictional Tysen, Mo., during the summer of 1950. 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 >