Search Results: "Elissa Schappell"


BOOK REVIEW

USE ME by Elissa Schappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"Snappy, energetic, sometimes almost supercharged in its writing, Schappell's is a story, even so, about a person whose love and obsession remain only hers, never become ours."
A long domestic first novel about a daughter's love for her cancer-stricken father that leaves the reader, on balance, wishing there were less of it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2005

"A book to savor, despite its imperfections. But think twice before giving it to your best friend."
Offill (Last Things, 1999) and Schappell (Use Me, 2000) address the timeless topic of women's friendships from an innovative vantage point. 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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 >