Search Results: "J.P. Kenna"


BOOK REVIEW

BEYOND THE DIVIDE by J.P. Kenna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"An engaging family tale set during one of the most critical periods in American history."
The second historical novel in Kenna's series (Cinders Over the Junction,2011) about hardworking families affected by the economic and social transformations of their times. Read full book review >

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THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by Kara Kenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"For Play-Doh lovers and little ones who can't get enough of their favorite songs. (Board book. 2-4)"
A favorite kids' song with a Play-Doh twist. Read full book review >

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SPIRIT by J.P. Hightman
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"While Hightman's ending provides appropriate chills, the prose along the way is purple and melodramatic, featuring weak explanations, a slipshod narrative viewpoint and red herrings that cheaply deceive the reader. (Horror. YA)"
Ineffective gothic horror scaffolds on the Salem witch trials. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTER ON THE ROAD IS ME by J.P. Romney
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A confident debut that is at once ominous and laugh-out-loud funny. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A high school student in modern-day Japan must defeat vengeful mountain demons using powers he never knew he had in this uproariously offbeat debut novel. Read full book review >

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SURVIVING JOY by J.P. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1995

"A gritty, honest look at the consequences of letting hormones run the whole show."
A compelling, if talky, tale of youthful sexual obsession, spoiled somewhat by extraneous sermonizing toward the end. Read full book review >

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THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy
Released: May 8, 1958

Written by an American who has lived in London for several years, this is of a piece with the current crop of young men who find an aesthetic in uglinces, who, in concentrating on one hapless individual, would bring down the importance of mass man, and whose murky, squalid dossiers have their interest in the sum of the whole rather than any one part. Read full book review >

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Hallow Mass by J.P. Mac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2016

"An imaginative back story and a rollicking plot make this an entertaining addition to the genre of occult fiction."
A university gets ensnared in a paranormal battle over a dangerous book in this debut horror novel. Read full book review >

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THE DISCOVERY OF LIGHT by J.P. Smith
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Reminiscent of early Robbe-Grillet and John Hawkes, this is easily Smith's most tenuously spun novel to date."
Smith's toniest nightmare thriller yet (The Blue Hour, 1989, etc.) is aptly described, in one of innumerable self-reflexive comments, as a mixture of the roman nouveau with the conventions of the roman policier. Read full book review >

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MAMA'S LITTLE DUCKLINGS by Michele Boyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"For lift-the-flap done right, skip this one and choose Lucy Cousins' Maisy's Big Flap Book (2001) or one of Karen Katz's delightful outings, such as Where Is Baby's Yummy Tummy? (2011) or Where Is Baby's Puppy? (2011). (Board book. 3-4)"
A chunky lift-the-flap board book about a little lost duckling reunited with its family. Read full book review >

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RAINBOW BUTTERFLIES by Michele Boyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Pass on these new, branded offerings and choose this tried-and-true trio instead: board-book versions of Ellen Stoll Walsh's classic Mouse Paint (1989) and Mouse Count (1991) and Stella Blackstone's Bear in a Square (1998). (Board book. 3-5)"
A chunky board book introduces kids to all the colors of the rainbow. Read full book review >

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EVERY BOAT TURNS SOUTH by J.P.  White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"White rings some compelling changes in a convoluted tale that leads to Matt's redemption."
Boy meets boat; boy meets girl; boy meets another girl; boy meets cocaine; boy loses boat—it's complicated… Read full book review >