Search Results: "Greg Trine"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECOND BASE CLUB by Greg Trine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"It's hard to buy that the news of the club hasn't leaked, and the ending feels a tad rushed, but by then the reader is so squarely in Elroy's corner that it really doesn't matter. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Full of gauche guy humor, this coming-of-age tale about a 16-year-old boy's attempts to get to second base (with a girl) takes a while to get going, but once all the plot elements come together, it becomes warm and winning. Read full book review >

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WILLY MAYKIT IN SPACE by Greg Trine
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Readers new to chapter books and who like to laugh often will most likely find Willy's story peppered with just enough silly humor (monster poop!) to keep the pages turning. (Adventure. 7-10)"
Willy Maykit is not an ordinary kid. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"His 'noggin power' should win the day there, too. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A mix-up at the laundry leaves a fledgling superhero sans cape and powers in this laugh-laced kickoff to a new series. Read full book review >

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DINOS ARE FOREVER by Greg Trine
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2012

"Lighter-than-air superhero fun. (Adventure. 6-9)"
The wacky origin story of a fourth-grade girl superhero from the author of the Melvin Beederman, Superhero series. Read full book review >

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SHIFTY BUSINESS by Greg Trine
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 2, 2013

"While there's no doubt that Jo Schmo will eventually bring Numb Skull to justice, there's enough hilarity and unexpectedness in the zany, quick jokes to keep readers guessing how. (Adventure. 6-9)"
Defending San Francisco is a busy job for fourth-grade girl superhero Jo Schmo, who faces a cunning villain in this third book in the series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 1995

"A portrait of one man staring into America's societal abyss shouldn't be this superficial."
A well-meaning but ultimately unsatisfying account of a priest's work with youths in the barrio of East LA. Read full book review >

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GOOD LUCK BEAR by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Once again, Foley's unpretentious Bear and Mouse deliver profound wisdom in a sweetly understated manner. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Foley's waif-like bear cub is back with another life lesson for little ones (Don't Worry Bear, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD SCHOOL by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Harmless fun that neither rocks the boat nor swings for the fences. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
The Wimpy Kid series marches on. Read full book review >

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DEATH GOES ON RETREAT by Carol Anne O’Marie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Full of inane conversation, paeans of praise to the scenery, and coincidence stretched to unconvincing lengths: this sixth in the series is only for the author's fondest fans."
San Francisco's Sister Mary Helen is once again embroiled in a murder case (Murder Makes a Pilgrimage, 1993, etc.), this time while on retreat at St. Read full book review >

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HELL ON EARTH by Michael Reaves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Older kids will slurp this up."
Horror-master Reaves (Voodoo Child, 1998, etc.) jump-starts his narrative with a socko opener no later developments quite match. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Geisel winner Pizzoli turns from early readers to biography with this story of a consummate 20th-century con man. Read full book review >

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THE WATERMELON SEED by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"A humorous vignette with deliciously bright colors that leap from the page. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A watermelon-loving crocodile worries over a swallowed seed in this balmy tale. Read full book review >