Search Results: "Jake Halpern"


BOOK REVIEW

NIGHTFALL by Jake Halpern
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"The teens' desperate journey to find their way off the island will keep readers turning pages. (Paranormal adventure. 12-18)"
Three 14-year-olds struggle to survive as they find themselves accidentally left behind when their town migrates away from the 14-year-long Night that is descending upon their island. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2007

"An astute look at the mighty vortex of fame, which this author believes will only get more powerful."
NPR commentator Halpern (Braving Home, 2003) investigates the psychological and societal forces behind America's growing addiction to celebrity. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2003

"Throwbacks, maybe, but Halpern is 'impressed by their fierce pioneer spirit, clearly atavistic, but proudly unyielding.' You will be, too. (12 b&w photos)"
Five choice samples from Halpern's journalistic beat of "outlandish and often hellish [places] inhabited by a handful of stalwarts who refused to leave." Read full book review >

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BAD PAPER by Jake Halpern
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Halpern brings unexpected literary heft to the world of debt collection."
An investigation of the bottom-feeding underworld of debt collecting and its disreputable cast of rip-off artists. Read full book review >

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WORLD'S END by Jake Halpern
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Fantasy fans can find better with their eyes closed. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Further developing the credibility-stretching premise of Dormia (2009)—that the narcoleptic residents of a secret country are more active when asleep than awake—this sequel carries heavy-lidded half-Dormian Alfonso on a circuitous route from the catacombs of Paris to the icy Urals in pursuit both of his father and an evil 600-year-old hemophiliac superwarrior. Read full book review >

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EDGELAND by Jake Halpern
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"As the living help to liberate the dead, intriguing characters roam the pages of a lifeless story. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After being banished from House Aron for stealing, orphan Wren must endure the bleak life of a grayling on the island of Edgeland, living underground and supporting herself through thievery. Read full book review >

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HUSH, LITTLE BABY by Shari Halpern
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"The musical score for the melody is included. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Halpern (I Have a Pet!, 1994, etc.) adorns a lullaby favorite with her trademark cut-paper collage illustrations. Read full book review >

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I HAVE A PET! by Shari Halpern
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Pleasant, but lacks imagination. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-6)"
In this simple, informative book about pets, five children introduce their animals to a pet-show judge by telling him a little bit about their pets. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR PARADE by Shari Halpern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Make space in the crowded dino section for this one. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A parade of brilliantly colored prehistoric beasts introduces little ones to the vast variety among the dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF HARD THINGS by Sue Halpern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Carefully crafted and thoughtful, if at times overbearing in telegraphing its messages."
What's more intimate and risky: genuine friendship or romantic love? asks first-novelist/nonfiction author Halpern (Four Wings and a Prayer, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

This fat "companion volume" to Halpern's earlier anthology, The Art of the Tale (not reviewed), offers a generous sampling of contemporary short fiction (all 78 contributors were "born after 1937")—though it's perhaps less truly "international" than announced (more than 50 of the stories were written in English). Read full book review >

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29 by Adena Halpern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2010

"A breezy, unremarkable comic romp with a comforting message of self-acceptance, offering a few poignant moments that underscore how far women have come in the past 50 years."
From Halpern (The Ten Best Days of My Life, 2008, etc.), the story of a wealthy Philadelphia widow nostalgic for her youth who finds her wish granted after her 75th birthday. Read full book review >