Search Results: "Jake Austen"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 27, 2012

"An innovative, marvelous book about comedy, stereotypes and the struggle to steer through the sometimes-fierce internal debates over African-American identity in a society still struggling with its racial past."
A provocative, compelling exploration of one of the most controversial elements of the black entertainment world. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN'S THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND by Jane Austen
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 1993

"Still, Mandelbaum's collection has a certain novelty interest and, for manic completists, it no doubt will prove a must."
It's a truism that writers, like musicians, must practice their scales before they take flight. Read full book review >

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ALL GOOD CHILDREN by Catherine Austen
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A shaded morality tale about individuality. (Dystopia. 12 & up)"
A corporate-controlled city decides to optimize its schools' efficiency by adjusting students' temperaments. Read full book review >

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WALKING BACKWARD by Catherine Austen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"An elegantly crafted volume of lasting power. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When his mother dies in a car crash, 12-year-old Josh realizes she had been the gravity that held family members in place. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT REFORMER by Austen Ivereigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A quick, efficient job of fairly sketching this extraordinary life."
An admiring defense of the new pope, who is not afraid to shake things up. Read full book review >

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"The first volume of what promises to be a fulfilling science-fiction trilogy.
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Austen's debut fantasy is the account of beast-like Silas, whose unintentional rescue of a beautiful barmaid from obscurity will have lasting consequences on the fate of his homeland, Larasca. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >

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MISSILE MOUSE by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Intelligent space opera and a realistically rounded hero will have young fans of the future demanding the next volume. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
When his mission to recover an ancient star compass goes wrong, intrepid Galactic Security Agent Missile Mouse finds himself saddled with a partner. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"As always, for those attuned to Austen, and to Aiken's imaginative, respectful variations, simply charming."
Another of Aiken's playful yet hearty romantic fancies, with a cast lifted (respectfully) from the luminously peopled novels of Jane Austen. Read full book review >

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MY CAT ISIS by Catherine Austen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"An intriguing effort that misses the mark. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Less than the sum of its parts, this effort to educate young listeners about aspects of Egyptian culture while simultaneously celebrating the love of a young boy for his pet never quite comes together. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE CRIME by Lois Austen-Leigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Recommended to all mystery fans."
Miss Prudence Pinsent, daughter of the master of Prince's College at Cambridge, epitomizes her time and place in this first mystery by Jane Austen's great-great-niece, originally published in 1931 and now reissued for the first time. Read full book review >

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PREP by Jake Coburn
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"While the characters are hard to like and the slang gets tedious, the author's credentials as a former prep school student suggest he is reflecting a real, disturbing subculture that may well interest teen readers in and out of that world. (Fiction. YA)"
This foray into the dark side of Manhattan prep schools emphasizes details of setting over plot or character development. Read full book review >