Search Results: "James Lecesne"


BOOK REVIEW

ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS by James Lecesne
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Lecesne's work on the Trevor helpline serves as a beacon of hope, but this bloated narrative clouds the issue of homophobia and teen sexuality. (Fiction. YA)"
Arriving on the Jersey shore, flamboyant Leonard Pelkey stomps into Phoebe's life on platform sneakers and complicates her disconnected family relationships. Read full book review >

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TREVOR by James Lecesne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Instead, it is simply a compassionate but slight portrait of a likable young person whose unique, impassioned spirit is dampened by bullying and homophobia. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Trevor, after which LGBT helpline the Trevor Project is named, began its life as a theater piece, was sold as a short film in 1997, and here is adapted to a contemporary setting in novella form. Read full book review >

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VIRGIN TERRITORY by James Lecesne
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Readers will forgive the tidy ending to experience Dylan's awakening to life's mysteries and recovery of faith. (Fiction. YA)"
Since losing his mother at age six and moving with his distant father to Jupiter, Fla., to care for his Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother, 15-year-old Dylan constantly feels the past weighing on him and a directionless future looming ahead. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >

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BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE EDGE! by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A bright medley of friendship, problem-solving, and identity ideal for emerging readers looking for the next step up from leveled readers. (Graphic fiction. 7-12)"
Best friends Bird and Squirrel embark upon a new graphic-novel adventure, in which they make a new friend and find the dynamics of their friendship changing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARM by James Brown
by James Brown, illustrated by James Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"Simple and beautiful. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)"
A graphically striking introduction to farm animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEEP AND BAH by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"It's a ride is rich enough in slapstick, comical mishaps, jokes and general silliness to make anyone want to invite themselves along. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In an improbably compelling quest, a goat and a rolling robot go on the hunt for a single sock's mate. Read full book review >

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DIG, DOGS, DIG by James Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2013

"No new ground is excavated here, but these cheerful canines build up a charming bond with their intended audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A dozen dogs and one black cat work hard to build a playground in this amusing story that will please kids who love excavators, cranes and dump trucks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An homage that is ultimately more a testament to the author-illustrator's own bookmaking skills than paean to the inventor of movable type. (epilogue, key search terms) (Picture books/biography. 7-10)"
Ironically, this book honors the inventor of the printing press more through illustrations than words. Read full book review >

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IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT by James Warhola
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Read it to a group of children and you will almost certainly end up with your very own jungle by the time you've turned the final page. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pick this up for a surefire storytime crowd-pleaser. Read full book review >