Search Results: "J.L. Powers"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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Seventeen wrenching accounts, most previously unpublished and either personal or based on interviews, from witnesses who as children or teenagers were caught up in wars or internecine violence.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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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 >

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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 >

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OINK by J.L. Newton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A highly educated foodie's dream, this tale delivers a unique take on both the campus and mystery genres."
Newton (Tasting Home, 2013) makes her fiction debut with a cooking-focused whodunit set at a California college in the late 1990s.Read full book review >

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PHYSICS by J.L. Heilbron
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A disappointing effort to encapsulate the history of modern physics."
A brief treatment of mankind's comprehension of the physical universe, from ancient Greek cosmologists to modern particle physicists. Read full book review >

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MY MOTHER'S SECRET by J.L. Witterick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2013

"Frustratingly sparse."
A debut novel of Jews and Germans, families and soldiers hidden from the Nazis. Read full book review >

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CLUTCHING AT STRAWS by J.L. Abramo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2003

"Mostly for the middle-brow (and lower-brow) crowd who like to flex their retro, macho reflexes."
When Vic Vigoda offers Left Wright a bundle to pull off an easy heist—nothing to it, just grab an envelope out of Judge Chancellor's bedroom safe and scram—Lefty goes for it. Read full book review >