Search Results: "Janet Reed Ahearn"


BOOK REVIEW

DON'T CALL ME PRUNEFACE! by Janet Reed Ahearn
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Though the subject is frequently covered, bullying's impact receives a fresh examination in this lively offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Right from the start, Paul has reservations about his eccentric new neighbor, Prudence. Read full book review >

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SWEET COMPETITION by Liz Reed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Bit of a sticky mess.(Picture book. 3-5)"
A linked pair of cherries is the star of this fable with a familiar theme: cooperation is better than competition. Read full book review >

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MY LITTLE BACKPACK by Nathan Reed
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Part of the My Little Bag series."
A gimmicky, overbusy book with a handle and a Velcroed-shut cover provides limping verse to accompany the packing of a small child's backpack. Read full book review >

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INVINCIBLE by Amy Reed
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 28, 2015

"Offering a provocative spin on the typical teen-with-cancer plotline, Reed risks her protagonist's likability to explore the aftermath of life-altering second chances. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Evie, 17, bravely faces terminal illness along with her fellow teen sufferers, until fate intervenes; unlike Stella and Caleb, Evie miraculously recovers: "There has been a mistake. Or a miracle." Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT CHILDREN by Kit Reed
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The mostly dialogue-driven plot should appeal to early middle-school readers and could serve as a bridge to the more sophisticated yet similarly themed works of Scott Westerfeld, M.T. Anderson, Chris Wooding and the like. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Trapped in a bizarre, dystopian Mall of America-like complex complete with a spooky theme park, plucky teen heroine Jules Devereaux finds she must join a team of kooky, unlikely juvenile orphan heroes called the Castertown Crazies to save the mall and the town from an evil overlord. Read full book review >

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CLEAN by Amy Reed
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 19, 2011

"The hard-hitting scenarios and abundance of white space make this a perfect suggestion for Ellen Hopkins fans. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
An affecting drama about five teenagers in an upscale rehab facility for drug addiction. Read full book review >

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UNFORGIVABLE by Amy Reed
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 3, 2016

"Fans of Invincible seeking fuller answers to the Marcus-Evie puzzle may forgive the soapy sections and enjoy its more measured, insightful writing and happy ending. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Marcus, anguished at his separation from Evie, shares his back story, including a dysfunctional family, deceased older brother, and a destructive "tornado" inside him that's "spinning out of control." Read full book review >

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IF MEN WERE ANGELS by Reed Karaim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 1999

"Though he ducks the answer with an inevitable—and much too convenient—tragic end, Karaim deserves credit for asking."
A bilious fictional examination of the perverse relationship between a presidential candidate too good to be true and a newspaper reporter whose insecurities and uncanny nose for news bring doom and gloom to the campaign trail. Read full book review >

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THE LAST GOODBYE by Reed Arvin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"Less original than The Will (2001) but fleeter and more ambitious in a legal-gangbusters way that genre fans will find as irresistible as a call from the grave for revenge."
A marginal Atlanta lawyer's attempt to avenge his even more marginal college friend's death leads him through some wildly improbable twists to something like redemption. Read full book review >

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THE INDICTMENT by Barry Reed
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 1994

"Although the IRA apparatus is unconvincing and the ending drags, eavesdropping on these legal eagles trying to one-up each other to death is still sinfully entertaining."
Reed (The Choice, 1991, etc.) varies the David-and-Goliath scenario that's worked so well in his previous legal thrillers by making David just a little more powerful and setting him an even tougher goal. Read full book review >

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THE FULL CLEVELAND by Terry Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Not likely to replace the great midcentury mope, but pleasant enough to be a respectable candidate for book groups."
A hyperimaginative Catholic schoolgirl channels Holden Caulfield as her suburban Cleveland family's considerable fortunes decline. Read full book review >

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BIRD DOG by Philip Reed
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1997

"A high-speed bagatelle game that uses car salesmen for balls."
If Elmore Leonard wrote about California car salesmen, he'd produce something like this fast and funny first novel. Read full book review >