Search Results: "J. Alison James"


BOOK REVIEW

J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUNA by J. Alison James
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 1993

"This isn't in their league; still, it's a vivid and compelling tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Just before Runa arrives at her Swedish grandfather (``Morfar's'') home, she survives two life-threatening accidents- -a traffic mishap back in the US and a freak fall from the boat on the way to Gotland; once there, there's another in the old church tower, plus the unnerving discovery that, over the centuries, several girls in her family (including Morfar's sister) died accidentally on their 13th birthdays—on Midsummer's Day, as Runa's will be in a few days. Read full book review >

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SING FOR A GENTLE RAIN by J. Alison James
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

A half-Indian teen-ager who lives with his grandfather while his singer mother is perpetually on tour is summoned backward into time by the powerful ritual song of an Anasazi girl, Spring Rain, whose grandfather believes she is destined to bear a son who will become their people's leader. Read full book review >

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THE DRUMS OF NOTO HANTO by J. Alison James
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The dimension and texture of these complement James's sound-effects-laden text; the suspense builds with each beat as the villagers fight to save Noto Hanto, and readers are certain to have the pounding of drums in their ears by the story's conclusion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On Noto Hanto, which points "upward like a thumb into the Sea of Japan," a wealthy coastal village is under threat from a warlord seeking riches. Read full book review >

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ALISON, WHO WENT AWAY by Vivian Vande Velde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The denouement, which comes in a seriocomic run to a funeral parlor the night of the eighth-grade dance, feels a little forced, but the unfolding of Susan's family's anguish is done at just the right pace, with each shard of emotion placed precisely. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Susan—who now wants people to call her Sibyl—is 14 and fiercely angry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANGEL AND THE CHILD by Dominique Falda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Unusual and thought-provoking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An unusual meditation on a brief series of events concerning a small angel on earth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALISON RULES by Catherine Clark
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Several cuts above the standard teen-weepie. (Fiction. YA)"
The Alison Rules are never specifically codified as such, but they are all based on one organizing premise: to keep Alison from moving beyond her mother's death from cancer the previous summer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

J. EDEN by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1996

"Terrific takes on time's rush, with a touch of that personal enlightenment offered to a certain generation of moviegoers by The Big Chill—but less glib."
Reedian thoughts about life, marriage, middle age, and children when three couples, their kids, and a close friend spend the summer lumped together in a New England farmhouse. Read full book review >

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RAINBOW FISH AND THE BIG BLUE WHALE by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's almost painfully formulaic, but some children will never get enough of Rainbow Fish, who has now been promoted to ambassador of peace of the pelagic domain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pfister's winking do-gooder returns; Rainbow Fish and his pals find their krill-eating grounds mooched upon by a huge blue whale. Read full book review >

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HOW LEO LEARNED TO BE KING by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1998

"Pfister creates the animals in his trademark wet-on-wet technique, but when the facial expressions are crucial, he brings in details and puts the message in focus. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A king is deposed, a lesson is learned, and a message is delivered, all in the pages of a quick-moving, intriguing tale of the jungle. Read full book review >