Search Results: "Ilene Cooper"


BOOK REVIEW

I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS by Ilene Cooper
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A smooth, easy read, with a spooky atmosphere and a few surprising plot twists to keep it fresh. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Cooper (The Dead Sea Scrolls, p. 552, etc.) combines just the right amount of romance and mystery in this satisfying suspense story. Read full book review >

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BUDDY LOVE by Ilene Cooper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"Like the view through Buddy's camera, this novel makes the everyday interesting; Cooper's ear for the dialogue of early adolescents and her understanding of their problems keeps things entertaining. (Fiction. 10+)"
Buddy has fairly ordinary problems: a family that to him seems boring, an older sister who is boy-obsessed and snotty, one friend he has betrayed and another he follows slavishly. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Clear prose, numerous photographs, thorough source notes, and a solid bibliography make this a fine biography for young readers and a worthwhile addition to biography collections. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
"Jack Kennedy's life was a gift, but one that was wrapped with many strings." Read full book review >

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MEAN STREAK by Ilene Cooper
FICTION
Released: May 20, 1991

"A pivotal interview with the father's girlfriend is hastily narrated, though the book has built to that scene from the outset, and Veronica's sudden last-minute insights seem less than sincere; still, every other character here is both believable and fully realized. (Fiction. 9+)"
This installment about ``The Kids From Kennedy Middle School'' features nasty sixth-grader Veronica Volner, whose family life is not the spun-sugar vision she shares with her contemporaries. Read full book review >

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JAKE’S BEST THUMB by Ilene Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"A terrific twist that combines two well-worn plots in one successful tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jake's left thumb is his best thumb, wrinkled from sucking, "a prince among thumbs," according to Jake's uncle. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS by Ilene Cooper
RELIGION
Released: April 25, 1997

It's hard to know which is more amazing—that the artifacts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls survived for 2,000 years, or that their reported discovery, reassembly, and translation were accomplished despite the hurdles created by war-torn countries and the uncooperative acts of competing scientists. Read full book review >

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LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE by Ilene Beckerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"You might want to look at the clothes and make up your own story as you go alongsort of like playing with Barbie. (First printing of 40,000; first serial to the New York Times Magazine)"
Advertising executive Beckerman remembers things past not by way of biting into a madeleine but by way of the clothes she was wearing when she bit into it. Read full book review >

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Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight by Ilene B. Benator
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A laudable mystery that starts tangled and slowly unravels—with not one but two twists at the end."
A man wrongly convicted of murder feigns a mental disorder, giving him time in a psychiatric facility to concoct a scheme for clearing his name, in this debut thriller. Read full book review >

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A PIPKIN OF PEPPER by Helen Cooper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Cooper's Pumpkin Soup (1999) won the Kate Greenaway medal; this one's at least as charming. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cat, Squirrel and Duck, who live in a tea kettle-shaped house, are back to making their pumpkin soup when they discover they are out of salt—the only solution is to go into the city to buy more. Read full book review >

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ICE CREAM by Elisha Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"A chocolate, vanilla, and berry palette adds to the taste appeal. (glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Cooper is a master at transforming dabs and wiggles of paint into people at play (Ballpark, 1998) or architecture (Building, 1999) or vistas (Country Fair, 1997). Read full book review >

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BAGHDAD FIXER by Ilene Prusher
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A really good book that would have benefited from judicious pruning."
Prusher's glimpse at the journalist/fixer relationship in embattled Iraq in 2003 offers an intimate view of how news is collected, reported and, sometimes, slanted. Read full book review >