Search Results: "Janet Gurtler"


BOOK REVIEW

16 THINGS I THOUGHT WERE TRUE by Janet Gurtler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 4, 2014

"Well done, sensitive and real. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A Twitter-obsessed teen gets some real friends in this appealing story about family and friendship. Read full book review >

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HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"This friendship story fizzles. (Fiction. 14 & Up)"
Seventeen-year-old Grace and her best friend Kya are inseparable, and they plan to keep it that way by using their mad paintball skills (yes, paintball) to make the all-women team at Seattle University. Read full book review >

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SECRETS BENEATH THE SEA by Janet Gurtler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"A new underwater series for fans of My Little Pony and like uncomplicated fare. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Three young mermaids work hard to keep their friendships strong against a tidal wave of drama, secrets and envy. Read full book review >

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IF I TELL by Janet Gurtler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"While not completely successful, this effort may appeal to teen readers that want more than a touch of conflict stirred into a simmering romance. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
What's a girl to do—tell or not? High-school senior Jaz sees her mother's boyfriend, Simon, sharing a serious kiss with her own best friend, then finds out her mom is pregnant with his baby. Read full book review >

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WHO I KISSED by Janet Gurtler
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A touching story. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Samantha feels so guilty after her kiss actually kills a boy that she ends her champion swimming career. Read full book review >

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HOUDINI by Janet Pedersen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Emotionally and artistically, it's Houdini's perspective, with his earnest exuberance, that steals the show. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Houdini the caterpillar is destined for greatness. Read full book review >

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AUDREY AND BARBARA by Janet Lawson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"Of course. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Audrey wants to go to India. Read full book review >

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PINO AND THE SIGNORA’S PASTA by Janet Pedersen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The Rome setting won't matter to kids because they'll focus on Pino's escapades, which are the spice in the sauce here. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pedersen dishes up a tale about the homeless cats in Rome, the Signora who feeds them pasta and one grande gatto who wants a special meal that will make him purr like music. Read full book review >

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EARTH FLIGHT by Janet Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Despite an exciting and complex plot, far less special than the first two. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
In this far-future trilogy's conclusion, a disabled archaeology student-cum-military hero deciphers an alien probe. Read full book review >

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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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TWISTS AND TURNS by Janet McDonald
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"It's a shame, because McDonald's message to kids—find a talent, then work hard to achieve a goal—is one that can't be stated too often. (Fiction. 12-14)"
After graduating from high school, sisters Keeba and Teesha Washington decide to turn their talent for hair-braiding into a business and open a beauty shop. Read full book review >

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SUSANNAH by Janet Hickman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A worthy successor to Hickman's Jericho (1994), this is a thoughtful look at a piece of religious history and is a good choice for readers interested in the Shakers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Hickman explores the question of how deeply personal beliefs should be subordinated in the name of fitting into a religious community, in a tightly woven coming-of-age story based on an 1910 incident involving a group of Shakers near Lebanon, Ohio. Read full book review >