Search Results: "Elissa Brent Weissman"


BOOK REVIEW

NERD CAMP 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Obvious and preachy, this camp story is nothing worth writing home about. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The war between nerds and jocks is on in Weissman's follow-up to Nerd Camp (2011). Read full book review >

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THE SHORT SELLER by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"While the slow start and trappings of finance culture will deter some readers, those who are drawn in by Lindy's passion and the fun math puzzles will be rewarded by a startlingly suspenseful conclusion, with far more at stake than mere classroom drama. (Fiction. 11-12)"
A seventh-grader plays the stock market. Read full book review >

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STANDING FOR SOCKS by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2009

"While there are some memorable moments as Fara matures, the agenda-laden message makes for a didactic debut. (Fiction. 9-12)"
While social activism arguably deserves promotion, this well-intentioned narrative provides only lackluster support for its cause. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"Good for aspiring writers and artists. (Collective memoir. 8-12)"
Twenty-six notable authors and illustrators of children's books—including the book's editor—introduce themselves via their childhood memories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NERD CAMP by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2011

"This celebration of summer camp and geekiness tries too hard. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Gabe is torn between his enthusiasm for a summer residential program for gifted children and his fear that his new, cool stepbrother-to-be will find out he's a nerd. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH MARK HOOPER by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"Though there is some character development and bad Mark Hopper gradually becomes less annoying, the novel never does. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Not every amusing concept yields a correspondingly amusing novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Reinvented Lives by Annie Weissman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2013

"An important, gripping story about facing change with curiosity, fear, love and, ultimately, acceptance."
In Weissman's poignantfirst novel, three adult sisters and their ailing mother struggle to reconcile their often divergent points of view. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

M.I.N.D. by Elissa Harris
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 26, 2016

"Thrills without depth, purpose, or satisfaction. (Supernatural mystery. 14-16)"
A teen solves a mystery using information from paranormal seizures. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 1996

"Wald writes with a simplicity and frankness that are unusual but perfectly suited to her subject."
Strange and unsettling stories of sadomasochism (originally self-published) from a newcomer who obviously knows the territory. Read full book review >

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TRIANGLES by Arnold Shapiro
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"An especially good buy for home or classroom. (Picture book. 0-6)"
The most intriguing of three simultaneously published ``Playshapes'' board books (the others are Circles and Squares), this tall right triangle (with slightly rounded corners for safety and durability) opens to form an isosceles triangle that becomes the shape of a tree, the inside of a tent, a mountain, a sailboat, and a party hat. Read full book review >

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IRIS AND WALTER: THE SCHOOL PLAY by Elissa Haden Guest
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Henry and Mudge fans have some new friends in these likable pals. (Easy reader. 5-9)"
In this fifth slice-of-life story about Iris and Walter, last seen in The Sleepover (2002), our heroes are preparing for a class play where Iris will be a cricket and Walter will be a dragonfly. Read full book review >

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DEAR DEAD PERSON by Benjamin Weissman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"A blood-and-guts account of the real American Dream."
Weissman gathers all that is ugly, vulgar, obscene, scary, disgusting, dangerous, sick, tragic, and sad to create a debut collection that offers a refreshing, nauseating, hilarious, deranged take on human nature. Read full book review >