Search Results: "Ellen Litman"


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MANNEQUIN GIRL by Ellen Litman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2014

"Smart, highly readable fiction propelled by a vulnerable and crankily appealing heroine."
From Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist Litman (The Last Chicken in America, 2007), a shrewd, observant coming-of-age tale set in the twilight years of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >

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Evolution of the Feminine Mystique  by Malia Litman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Plenty of valuable information but marred by too much scolding."
Litman (The Ignorance—Virtues of Sarah Palin, 2010, etc.) welcomes readers to her formulation of the so-called third wave of feminism.Read full book review >

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CHASKA AND THE GOLDEN DOLL by Ellen Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"A likable, useful contribution. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
The true story of how one Andean village was able to fund a school. Read full book review >

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NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON MY BLOCK by Ellen Raskin
Released: March 22, 1966

"The pictorial counterpoint to Chester's claim to dissatisfaction offers hours of diversion to children who will find themselves picking out first the obvious then the many minute details, each a complex narrative in itself, as well as a graphic illustration of the sort of atmosphere that can turn a little boy into an unnoticing nobody."
Chester Filbert is the obverse of the little boy who saw it all on Mulberry Street. 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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IMPULSE by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"A fast, jagged, hypnotic read. (Fiction. YA)"
In sharp, searing free verse divided into two-page chapters, Hopkins sketches three adolescents who have just attempted suicide. Read full book review >

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IN TROUBLE by Ellen Levine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Valuable insight into a time when abortions were illegal and pregnant teenagers were hidden away instead of filmed for a reality TV show. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Teen pregnancy long before 16 and Pregnant. Read full book review >

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LOVE & LIES by Ellen Wittlinger
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"A rich and solid representation of a girl on the cusp of maturity. (Fiction. YA)"
It's been nine years since the publication of Hard Love (1999), but only four months have passed for Marisol, who's deferred her matriculation at Stanford to write a novel. Read full book review >

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IDENTICAL by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Sharp and stunning, with a brilliant final page. (Fiction. YA)"
Hopkins's gift with free verse reaches new heights in this portrait of splintered identical twins. Read full book review >

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RUBBER HOUSES by Ellen Yeomans
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Dismal reading. (Fiction. YA)"
Continuing her thematic preoccupation with death, Yeomans creates a free-verse diary for 17-year-old Kit's year-long period of grief, guilt and ultimate coping strategy following the loss of her nine-year-old brother Buddy to cancer. Read full book review >

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TRICKS by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Graphic sex, rape, drugs, bitter loneliness, despair—and eventually, blessedly, glimmers of hope. (Fiction. YA)"
Hopkins sharply portrays extreme adolescent turbulence with her biggest cast yet, as five disparate, desperate teens are sucked into the Las Vegas world of selling sex. Read full book review >