Search Results: "Ellen Wittlinger"


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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 >

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LOCAL GIRL SWEPT AWAY by Ellen Wittlinger
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 15, 2016

"Little enjoyment stems from witnessing the manipulation and bad decisions of these wishy-washy characters. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Lorna led her friendship quartet, so her death leaves her friends both grief-stricken and lacking independent identities. Read full book review >

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THIS MEANS WAR! by Ellen Wittlinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 2010

"Will appeal to fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's The Boys Start the War (1993) and The Girls Get Even (1994). (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's the fall of 1962. Read full book review >

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GRACIE’S GIRL by Ellen Wittlinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Earnest and well-intentioned, this should shed some light on an important social issue. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Personal contact with a homeless woman teaches a sixth-grade girl what values are really important. Read full book review >

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RAZZLE by Ellen Wittlinger
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"In many ways, Razzle dazzles. (Fiction. YA)"
Another engaging novel about teens as works in progress, from Wittlinger (Hard Love, 1999, etc.). 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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HEART ON MY SLEEVE by Ellen Wittlinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"A successful use of multiple viewpoints and an interesting exploration of the implied intimacy of various forms of non-verbal communication. (Fiction. 11-14)"
This modern epistolary tale (emails and IMs joining handwritten letters and postcards) is voyeuristically enjoyable. Read full book review >

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ZIGZAG by Ellen Wittlinger
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Disappointingly conventional fare from the author of Hard Love; still, touched with Wittlinger's trademark class-consciousness, well-written, and emotionally powerful. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A rural teen finds inner strength in this satisfying journey through America. Read full book review >

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LOMBARDO'S LAW by Ellen Wittlinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

In a witty, touching first novel, 15-year-old Justine Trainor's borderline nerd image is pushed to the limit when Justine spends time with new neighbor Mike Lombardo, an eighth grader who shares her passion for avant-garde movies. Read full book review >

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PARROTFISH by Ellen Wittlinger
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 10, 2007

"Given the rarity of transgender characters, a vital and necessary purchase for any YA collection. (references, resources, websites) (Fiction. YA)"
A transgender boy comes out to family, friends, schoolmates and teachers in this groundbreaking book. Read full book review >

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THE LONG NIGHT OF LEO AND BREE by Ellen Wittlinger
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2002

"Wittlinger (Razzle, 2001, etc.)—always tops at hard-hitting, realistic fiction—delivers another story of teenagers' self-discovery in a difficult world. (Fiction. YA)"
On the night of the fourth anniversary of his sister Michelle's grisly murder by her abusive boyfriend, Leo's crazy mother has gotten out the photographs of Michelle's death. Read full book review >

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BLIND FAITH by Ellen Wittlinger
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2006

"Lots of grief, little humor and a character who is so stable that readers might be surprised to realize she's a character who defines for a new age the concept of 'hero.' (Fiction. 12-14)"
An issue-driven story overtly strives for a message and debate on how to define God. Read full book review >