Search Results: "Ellen L.K. Toronto"


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Released: March 9, 2013

"Great parenting advice for raising well-adjusted kids, but not nuanced enough for a diverse audience."
Toronto (co-author Psychoanalytic Reflections on a Gender-free Case, 2005), a clinical psychologist from the University of Michigan, affirms, with contributions from her psychologist husband, that both adults and children, even from infancy, ought to be recognized as individuals and active participants in the family relationship. Read full book review >

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FLASH BURNOUT by L.K.  Madigan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Somehow, all of the loose ends get tied up into a haphazard yet entertaining read. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old photographer-in-training Blake is caught between fawning over his gorgeous girlfriend Shannon and helping Marissa, his troubled photography partner, a friend who also happens to be a girl. Read full book review >

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THE MERMAID'S MIRROR by L.K.  Madigan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Poignant entertainment. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Lena becomes angry when her father won't let her learn to surf in this new supernatural romance. Read full book review >

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Anything for Him by L.K. Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2016

"While adding to the literature of domestic violence, this novel delivers unpleasant characters."
In this psychological thriller, a woman with an abusive, controlling boyfriend agrees to help him exact revenge on a childhood friend. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS ENOUGH by L.K. Craft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2006

"A rewarding read."
An appealing 1960s coming-of-age story. Read full book review >

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I SAW A BULLFROG by Ellen Stern
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2003

"The failure here is not in quality of art, but of imagination; next to Jack Prelutsky's Scranimals, or Sarah Perry's If— (1995), too many of these creations just fall flat. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stern showcases unusual facility at naturalistic depiction, but like the 11 imaginary animal hybrids that appear here, the result overall is neither fish nor fowl. Read full book review >

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MOLLY'S SEASONS by Ellen Kandoian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A quiet but skillfully crafted book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The author of Under the Sun (1987), in which Molly's mother describes the daily progress of sunlight as the sun sets on other children around the world, presents the seasons as Molly experiences them in Maine; then, extending the concept, she describes polar seasons (``Winter means darkness and noon looks like night,/Summer means sunshine and midnight is bright'') and the reversal in the Southern Hemisphere. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Forney's story should resonate with those grappling with similar issues, while her artistry should appeal to a wide readership."
For anyone who loves graphic memoir or has concerns about bipolar swings, creativity and medication, this narrative will prove as engaging and informative as it is inspirational. Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE EVERS by Ellen Airgood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Thoughtful readers will no doubt sympathize with Prairie's feelings of loneliness and celebrate the new friendship she finds, even—or perhaps especially—when it gets complicated. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This easygoing, earnest story of friendship and family is set in upstate New York, but its heart is nestled deep in the mountains of North Carolina. Read full book review >

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THE KNEEBONE BOY by Ellen Potter
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"A quirky charmer. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
The Hardscrabbles of the English town of Little Tunks—silent Otto, the adventure-seeking Lucia and whip-smart Max—have become accustomed to their shy, rumpled father's absences since their mother's suspicious disappearance. Read full book review >

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PISH POSH by Ellen Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"This disconcerting turn in storytelling weakens the first fascination with the characters, as they flatten and disintegrate when lives and story are tidied up to accommodate a too-easy ending. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Monsieur Frankofile's upscale restaurant, Pish Posh, has a gimmick: his daughter, Clara (11), who heartlessly polices the success or failure of each diner, determining who can have a reservation. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S IN A NAME? by Ellen Wittlinger
Released: March 1, 2000

"Although it's low on surprises, this gallery of clean-cut high schoolers does offer a hopeful view of youth on the way to adulthood. (Short stories. 11-13)"
In ten interrelated short stories, Wittlinger (Hard Love, p. 971, etc.) catches teenagers seeking self-identity in a small Massachusetts town that is engaged in a similar process. Read full book review >