Search Results: "J.B. Manas"


BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 30, 2012

"An impressively original take on alternative history."
In this time-travel thriller, debut authors Miller and Manas spin a clever, original variation on a classic alternative history premise: What if it were possible to travel back in time and kill Adolf Hitler? Read full book review >

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J.B.'S HARMONICA by John Sebastian
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Perhaps best for readers not quite ready for chapter books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
James Bear has always wanted a harmonica, but when he gets one, and practice yields results, people compliment him with comparisons to Dad—an accomplished concert player. Read full book review >

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J.B. WIGGLEBOTTOM AND THE PARADE OF PETS by Vivian Sathre
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1993

"Indifferent b&w illustrations; the attractive color jacket gives away the ending. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A first novel about a school-sponsored pet show featuring a runaway rhea (entered by Buddy Zimmer, fifth-grade bully and all- around top dog) and a colony of ants that spells out a message on a honey-baited board (entered by J.B., Buddy's victim, desperate to make up for past humiliations). Read full book review >

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SOMEBODY ON THIS BUS IS GOING TO BE FAMOUS by J.B. Cheaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Cheaney effectively combines multiple layers of mystery with an uplifting message about resilience. (Mystery. 10-14)"
An intriguing mystery, a cataclysmic storm and a school bus accident converge with extraordinary results. Read full book review >

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THE BATTERED BODY by J.B. Stanley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2009

"As wholesome as macaroni and cheese and about as exciting. Includes several high-calorie recipes (not tested)."
A cooking-show diva is canceled. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"MacKinnon is a fine storyteller and his crisp, imaginative writing is well-suited to this somewhat unorthodox detective story enmeshed in the secret history of the country's volatile politics."
A journalist turns detective in the case of his dead uncle, murdered during the unrest of the Dominican revolution. Read full book review >

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THE BIG EMPTY by J.B. Stephens
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Add in a couple of interesting twists at the climax that wrap up the plot nicely, but leave room for a possible sequel, and you have a fun sci-fi read that will appeal to fans of Alison Goodman's Singing the Dogstar Blues (2003) and Garth Nix's Shade's Children (1997). (Science fiction. 12-14)"
In a near future, post-apocalyptic US (population cut in half, military dictatorship in Washington), seven teens meet in a small Missouri town, forced to work together for survival. Read full book review >

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THE PLAYMAKER by J.B. Cheaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"It might be read as a companion to Gary Blackwood's The Shakespeare Stealer (1998). (Fiction. 11-13)"
In a mystery set in Elizabethan London, 14-year-old Richard Malory joins Shakespeare's theater company and discovers a Catholic plot against the queen. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"A second volume, bringing the story up to the present, has been announced and is prayerfully awaited; meanwhile, get this one before it disappears again. (B&w illustrations—139—and an appendix of specific performance comparisons)"
It's no exaggeration to say that this is the single most important music book published this year, perhaps in several years. Read full book review >

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THE TANNENBAUM TAILORS AND THE BRETHREN OF THE SAINTS by J.B. Michaels
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A lively tale whose highly skilled, pint-sized heroes provide endless fun."
In Michaels' (The Order of St. Michael, 2016, etc.) middle-grade adventure sequel, Christmas elves fight against an evil group's diabolical plan, which involves kidnapping Santa Claus.Read full book review >

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HAPPY IS COOL. by J.B. Brocato
Released: June 29, 2014

"A straightforward, concise self-help guide for readers who have the courage to trust their own feelings."
Professional life coach Brocato's (Manage Yourself, 2011, etc.) third self-help book describes how to achieve "coolness" by cultivating positive traits that engender happiness. Read full book review >