Search Results: "Jane F. Collen"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Fun, fairy adventures for tweens who appreciate frills, sparkles and a clever female protagonist."
Holy Molar! A lower-order tween fairy overcomes the naysayers to introduce modernization into the sparkly, twinkly tooth-fairy trade in Collen's debut novel for tweens. Read full book review >

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Sailing Back To Ellis Island by Jane F. Collen
Released: June 8, 2016

"A well-researched, lively volume that leavens the Ellis Island experience with humor, fairy-tale magic, and an appealing plot."
A 21st-century brother and sister travel with two erudite fairy guides back to pre-World War I Ellis Island in the latest installment of an educational fantasy series for young readers. Read full book review >

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Storming Back to Key West by Jane F. Collen
Released: Jan. 31, 2013

"With help from two sparkly and spunky Elbow Fairies, this action-packed yarn deftly melds fairy-tale magic with real-life history."
In Collen's (Enjella Uprooted, 2012) witty, fact-based fantasy adventure, a brother and sister magically travel to the year 1835, where they weather a violent storm and help a lighthouse keeper save a ship at sea. Read full book review >

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F by Daniel Kehlmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2014

"German writer Kehlmann (Fame, 2010, etc.) takes us on a strange and enigmatic journey here."
An elusive novel whose events remain cryptic and largely unexplained. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 7, 2009

"The author's passion for fitness is contagious, but the book needs more detailed information to guide would-be fitness competitors."
A fitness-competition champion motivates readers to get active with her personal success story. Read full book review >

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THE F WORD by Liza Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Honest and entertaining."
A successful PR associate must come to terms with resurrected high school demons. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Alinder's sympathetic history captures the excitement and energy of determined artists who invigorated and redefined the art of photography."
In the 1930s, daring young artists invented a distinctive style of photography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

F IS FOR FEELINGS by Goldie Millar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2014

"Useful, if not particularly artful. (Informational picture book. 5-8, adult)"
An alphabet of emotions, created by two clinical psychologists for parent-child discussions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

M OR F? by Lisa Papademetriou
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Although it may be too lengthy for readers who fall outside that category, it should appeal successfully to its target audience. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Two teens entering high school become best friends, "brain twins," in fact. Read full book review >

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F IS FOR FREEDOM by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"In a simple story fraught with tension, Schotter has found a way to bring this history lesson to life for children no older than brave Manda and indomitable Hannah. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Eleven years before the Civil War, the seeds of internal discontent took root when Congress passed the Compromise of 1850, a fugitive slave law designed to pacify slave owners in the South, when California was admitted as a free state, upsetting the balance of power. Read full book review >