Search Results: "Jake Tashjian"


BOOK REVIEW

MY LIFE AS A CARTOONIST by Janet Tashjian
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"This entertaining read leaves some provoking questions unanswered—usefully. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Cartoonist Derek grapples with a perplexing association between disability and bullying in this stand-alone sequel to My Life as a Book (2010) and My Life as a Stuntboy (2011). Read full book review >

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MY LIFE AS A STUNTBOY by Janet Tashjian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Another fun, emotionally resonant read for the Wimpy Kid set and beyond. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In this satisfying stand-alone companion to My Life as a Book (2010), 12-year-old Derek Fallon thinks landing a job as stuntboy for megastar Tanya Billings must be as good as it gets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LIFE AS A BOOK by Janet Tashjian
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 6, 2010

"A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Derek—a notoriously reluctant reader of everything but Calvin and Hobbes—would rather set the grass on fire with his sister's old sunlamp than tackle his summer reading list. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LARRY by Janet Tashjian
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Teenagers will eat this one up. (Fiction. YA)"
Josh Swensen is a prodigy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAULT LINE by Janet Tashjian
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"While not quite as insightful as Sarah Dessen's Dreamland (2000), this should find a place in all libraries that serve teens, many of whom will recognize aspects of their own relationships in Becky and Kip's. (Fiction. YA)"
Senior Becky Martin, who has a loving family, a terrific best friend, and good grades, is slowly making a place for herself in San Francisco's stand-up comedy scene. Read full book review >

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FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH by Janet Tashjian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2012

"Young readers will discover some wonderful music, but only if they're prepared to wade through a stultifying thicket of social and cultural references.(Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A music-obsessed teen in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon begins to connect the songs he loves to world events. Read full book review >

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LARRY AND THE MEANING OF LIFE by Janet Tashjian
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Readers who have read the first two Larry stories will most appreciate this, but new readers will get caught up in a wise and humorous tale and learn something about the meaning of life. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
Josh Swensen, the "hyperactive, solve-the-world's-problems-by-dinnertime" boy who recreated himself as counterculture hero Larry (The Gospel According to Larry, 2001, etc.), is back for a third installment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRU CONFESSIONS by Janet Tashjian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The dollops of computerese that appear in the journal will entertain the computer-literate, while the tale itself, about differences, family, friends, and the pain of growing up, will satisfy everyone else. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Tru, 12, keeps a journal on her mother's computer about what goes on in her life, and most of it is typical preteen stuff—school, friends, boys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MULTIPLE CHOICE by Janet Tashjian
Released: June 1, 1999

"As a light study in how self-absorption can sometimes help as well as hurt, Multiple Choice is a fitting choice. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A teenager concocts a risky private game that almost leads to tragedy in this character portrait of a borderline obsessive-compulsive from Tashjian (Tru Confessions, 1997). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 27, 1995

"Revealing a wide curiosity, Tashjian goes beyond art history, freely zigging and zagging between high and low culture in this lively probe of issues of anxiety and influence. (86 b&w illustrations, not seen)"

BOOK REVIEW

STICKER GIRL by Janet Tashjian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Readers will be eager for the follow-up adventures of Sticker Girl. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Tashjian introduces a smart, young Latina protagonist in a strong series opener for young readers. Read full book review >