Search Results: "J.L. Powers"


BOOK REVIEW

POWERS by Ursula K. Le Guin
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Billed as a 'companion' to Gifts (2004) and Voices (2006), in its musing on this power of story, it complements them beautifully, though readers hoping to reacquaint themselves with characters met in the first two novels will find themselves disappointed until the very end. (Fiction. YA)"
Reared in slavery, Gavir knows and understands his place in the world. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"War's most vulnerable victims, stepping up to have their say. (introductory and biographical notes) (Nonfiction. 16 & up)"
Seventeen wrenching accounts, most previously unpublished and either personal or based on interviews, from witnesses who as children or teenagers were caught up in wars or internecine violence. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2011

"A compassionate and moving window on a harsh world. (glossary of Zulu words) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Set in an impoverished South African shantytown where post-Apartheid freedom is overshadowed by rampant AIDS and intractable poverty, this novel takes a loving, clear-eyed look at the clash of old and new through the experience of one appealing teenager. Read full book review >

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AMINA by J.L. Powers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2015

"Readers don't always need another heroine—sometimes a young woman living an ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances will wilt stereotypes better than heroics. (map, author's note, timeline, glossary, further reading) (Fiction. 13-16)"
Amina Khalid is a sweet, amiable teenager—and a solid counterexample to Islamophobia and negative notions about Somalis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CONFESSIONAL by J.L. Powers
FICTION
Released: July 10, 2007

"11 world revisiting issues of nationalism and prejudice makes this tale relevant to modern audiences. (Fiction. YA)"
Strained racial tensions snap after a student's violent death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POWERS by Deborah Lynn Jacobs
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Jacobs writes Gwen's chapters in past tense and Adrian's in present, which is distracting; otherwise, a bewitchingly pulpy and enjoyable fast read. (Fantasy. YA)"
Two teenagers make sparks fly . . . really! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROKEN CIRCLE by J.L. Powers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A gripping, philosophical paranormal thriller. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Adam Jones is a 15-year-old white boy who just wants to be "normal," but his life is anything but. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"A provocative reconsideration of early modern European history."
British historian Burleigh (The Third Reich, 2000) examines the rise of "the religion of politics," a cultural shift that gathered force in the late-18th century and paved the way for the omnipotent-state ideologies of the 20th. Read full book review >

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EXTRAORDINARY POWERS by Joseph Finder
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The complex story purrs along like a high-powered race car loaded with options, even though it all boils down to Telepathic Man and a bunch of lesser guys with guns after the big score. (First printing of 100,000)"
Soviet spy maven Finder (The Moscow Club, 1991) adapts to the disappearance of the Red Menace—without missing a step—by following the trail of $10 billion spirited out of Russia to protect it from hard-liners: a fortune in gold that's rearranging a lot of loyalties from Moscow to Washington. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWIN POWERS by Robert Lipsyte
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An agreeably quick-paced time-travel romp. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Double the adventure continues in this stand-alone sequel to The Twinning Project (2012).Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Mendoza's inspiring story is best understood through his eye-catching artwork, supplemented by the author's note. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Absorbing paintings carry this abbreviated story of George Mendoza, a blind runner and artist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2005

"Well reasoned and argued, if unlikely to influence the people who could most stand to read it."
Elect a president, get a war. Read full book review >