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Seventeen wrenching accounts, most previously unpublished and either personal or based on interviews, from witnesses who as children or teenagers were caught up in wars or internecine violence.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

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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TOMORROW WAR by J.L. Bourne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A dark but captivating look at life inside a failed American society."
After the economy crashes, a covert-operations veteran faces the cruel realities of life off the grid and outside the law. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHAN OF TORUNDI by J.L. McCreedy
Released: Nov. 28, 2014

"Fun female teen fantasy with blurry adventures but fine romance."
In this kickoff to a new YA series, Sam Clemens is sent to a boarding school on a remote jungle island in Malaysia, where she deals with new relationships and dangers. Read full book review >

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CHILD OF THE SWORD by J.L. Doty
Released: Nov. 9, 2012

"A fine fantasy novel that will provide readers with a good weekend escape from reality."
Doty (When Dead Ain't Enough, 2012, etc.) conjures a magical world of witches, wizards and war in this high-energy first installment of an epic-fantasy series. Read full book review >