Search Results: "Gayle Friesen"


BOOK REVIEW

FOR NOW by Gayle Friesen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Realistic and engaging. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Readers who wondered what happened next to the fractured family in Friesen's Losing Forever (2002) will be pleased to pick up with their lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEN OF STONE by Gayle Friesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Worth a try, but may be a tough sell. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Fifteen-year-old Ben Conrad can't seem to catch a break. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JANEY'S GIRL by Gayle Friesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Claire's difficult decisions about her life, and her attempts to bring the old family secrets into the light, are balanced by the humor and warmth in the dialogue and some fine, lovingly realized characters. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Friesen's first novel is a hymn to the power of forgiveness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAYDAY by Jonathan Friesen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2014

"An uneven read that ultimately misses its mark. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
Even as her own soul hovers in the "middle" space, her body barely clinging to life in a hospital room, 18-year-old Crow's thoughts are consumed with protecting her sister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOTH OF ME by Jonathan Friesen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"A haunting tale for teens with a taste for the bizarre. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A girl with a mysterious past embarks on a journey across America to save a friend and find herself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JERK, CALIFORNIA by Jonathan Friesen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Hardly worth the effort. (reading-group questions; author interview, not seen) (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Like its Tourette Syndrome-afflicted protagonist, this novel lacks grace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNFOLDING by Jonathan Friesen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A flawed but darkly atmospheric read. (Fiction. 13-18)"
An awkward 18-year-old and his enigmatic crush discover that their town hides a terrible secret. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Ride the Waves by Tracy Friesen
Released: April 2, 2013

"A pleasant, gentle spiritual reference guide for daily meditation."
In this self-help guide, a certified energy-medicine practitioner offers a year's worth of daily inspirational thoughts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALDO'S FANTASTICAL MOVIE PALACE by Jonathan Friesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"This poignant and well-meaning premise ends up a disappointing read. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A teenage girl with permanent facial scars and a blind boy enter an imaginary world through a combination of their own scriptwriting and a portal in an inherited old movie theater. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST MARTIN by Jonathan Friesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Spiced with plenty of slapstick, the yarn speeds its protagonist through a succession of highs, lows and improbable triumphs on the way to a hilariously melodramatic finish. (Adventure. 11-13)"
The revelation that every time a new Martin is born into his family another one kicks the bucket stuns, bums and ultimately lights a rocket under 13-year-old Martin Boyle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KISIMI TAIMAIPPAKTUT ANGIRRARIJARANI / ONLY IN MY HOMETOWN by Angnakuluk  Friesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Heartwarming and illuminating. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Life in a snowy northern town, from a child's perspective and written both in Inuktitut and English Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IDYLL FEARS by Stephanie Gayle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Hobbled only by a monotonously terse style, Gayle's follow-up to Idyll Threats (2015) is believable in both characterization and the ebb and flow of police detection."
A kidnapped boy disrupts a small Connecticut town's holiday season. Read full book review >