Search Results: "Ilene Winn-Lederer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLDEN DREYDL by Ellen Kushner
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"The illustrations are beautiful, though—richly-detailed, cheeky and charming—and they help compensate for the missing magic in the text. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's the winter holiday season and Sara, who longs for strings of twinkling lights and a glittery Christmas tree, is jealous of her Christian friends' traditions. Read full book review >

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ANGEL IN MY POCKET by Ilene Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2011

"As their lives intersect, four credible, contemporary, creative preteens find faith to move forward. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A good-luck charm exerts a positive effect on the lives of four seventh graders at a Chicago magnet school for the performing arts. Read full book review >

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THE NEW, IMPROVED GRETCHEN HUBBARD by Ilene Cooper
FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

In a new, improved entry in the ``Kids from Kennedy Middle School'' series, Cooper takes a formulaic idea—the ugly duckling makeover—and gives it plenty of zip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM I AM by Ilene Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A realistic, unresolved ending allows parents and children of this mixed family to decide their individual religious needs, but the overall conflict overshadows the subplots that could be more intriguing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sam's home life and holiday spirit are disrupted when the family dog knocks over the "Hanukkah bush," breaking his mother's childhood Christmas ornaments and triggering a buried religious resentment between his parents. Read full book review >

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TRICK OR TROUBLE? by Ilene Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A skillful and sensitive treatment of pubescent angst. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From popular YA author Cooper comes the first in a series about five camp friends who agree to meet on the holidays throughout the coming year. Read full book review >

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STUPID CUPID by Ilene Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"All of it is a generous cut above usual series fare, and refreshingly wholesome. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Valentine installment of the ``Holiday Five'' series demonstrates once more Cooper's grasp of the concerns of young teens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ONE THAT I WANT by Allison Winn Scotch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Pleasant, predictable beach-bag fare from Scotch (Time of My Life, 2008, etc.)."
A dose of supernatural powers turns a self-satisfied former cheerleader into an emotional wreck, and maybe a more authentic person. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST AND FOUND by Allison Winn Scotch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2007

"Amiable gal stuff, aiming for, but not quite reaching, a higher plateau."
A predictable debut about a 30-year-old go-getter whose life is put on hold when she's diagnosed with breast cancer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE LUCY GOES TO SCHOOL by Ilene Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Children will likely long to see a dog in their own schools as they decode their ways to reading success. (Early reader. 6-8)"
A curious beagle who gets loose in school sees all sorts of new things in this early-reader tale that has faint echoes of "The Gingerbread Man." Read full book review >

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LOOK AT LUCY! by Ilene Cooper
ANIMALS
Released: June 23, 2009

"Absolutely. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Bobby and his beagle puppy Lucy are back in this welcome sequel to Absolutely Lucy (2000, illustrated by Amanda Harvey). Read full book review >