Search Results: "Gina Willner-Pardo"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2004

"Spunky meets spooky. (Fiction. 9-11)"
When their parents almost die in an automobile accident, Arlie and Michael's plan for a fun visit with their favorite aunt becomes a nightmare. Read full book review >

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SPIDER STORCH, ROTTEN RUNNER by Gina Willner-Pardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The writing is funny and fast-paced and the comical cartoon illustrations and a side story about the mysterious teacher's lounge make this a wonderful addition to the Spider Storch series. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Joey "Spider" Storch hates to be wrong, but his friends are getting tired of hanging out with a know-it-all. Read full book review >

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WHEN JANE-MARIE TOLD MY SECRET by Gina Willner-Pardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Poydar's suburban scenes enhance the amiable atmosphere of this engaging and sensitive look at friendship. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Third-graders Jane-Marie and Carolyn have been best friends since preschool. Read full book review >

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SPIDER STORCH'S TEACHER TORTURE by Gina Willner-Pardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The most interesting twist—Spider's changes to a recipe for a dish that Mary Grace's divorced mother plans to serve to a possible love interest—has the potential for humor, but even that is dissolved when he prematurely confesses. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Joey Storch, otherwise known as Spider, is not happy when his mother becomes friends with the mother of his third-grade classroom nemesis, the tattle-tale Mary Grace; he is horrified when the two mothers decide to carpool to school. Read full book review >

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HUNTING GRANDMA'S TREASURES by Gina Willner-Pardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

A short novella of the coming-to-terms—rather than coming-of-age—variety. Read full book review >

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THE HARD KIND OF PROMISE by Gina Willner-Pardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"After a few too many episodes of anguish, the plot resolves on a realistic trajectory, but perhaps a bit too neatly. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The title refers to the promise five-year-old Sarah and Marjorie made "to be best friends…forever." Read full book review >

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PRETTIEST DOLL by Gina Willner-Pardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Willner-Pardo deftly captures the complexity of adolescence as these resilient teens endeavor to define their identities and establish control over their lives. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Liv feels invisible behind the facade of her beauty. Read full book review >

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FIGURING OUT FRANCES by Gina Willner-Pardo
Released: Sept. 20, 1999

"Most readers will be gratified by the genuinely moving ending. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Abigail has been looking forward to having her best friend, Travis, attend her school, and is devastated when the fifth grade boy doesn't want to be associated with her, a fourth grader, during school hours. Read full book review >

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WHAT I'LL REMEMBER WHEN I AM A GROWNUP by Gina Willner-Pardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 1994

"It's a best-case situation, and Daniel, like his parents, is a bit too wise to be true, but the feelings, details, and Daniel's boyish narrative voice are all likably authentic. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Worrying about what Dad and his new wife Marilyn are waiting to tell him during his upcoming visit (``nobody ever wants to tell you anything good in person''), Daniel ruminates over what previous events in his life—significant or seemingly insignificant—have turned out to be particularly memorable. Read full book review >

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WASTE OF SPACE
by Thea James

"We've still applied the standard network reality casting percentages : fifty percent male, fifty percent female; sixty percent white, thirty percent ethnic, ten percent undetermined; balanced dispersal of ages from fourteen to eighteen; plus the four Golden Tokens: gay, foreigner, disabled, and orphan. As per usual, we'll be throwing all sorts of plot bombs and crazy situations at the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A poignant and engrossing, occasionally harrowing, family memoir."
A former U.S. Army intelligence officer's story of her East German mother's flight to the West and of the family she left behind. Read full book review >