Search Results: "Janet Reed Ahearn"


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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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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 >

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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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JAPANESE BY SPRING by Ishmael Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"There's not much novel here beyond the screed-element, but in his own inimitable way Reed is able to activate Zeitgeist-y opinions the way hardly anyone else does, or even tries to do."
Don't let the bucolic-sounding title mislead: this is Reed (The Terrible Threes, 1989, etc.) at his general level of pugnaciousness, exaggeration, cartoon, and troublemaking. Read full book review >

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THE WELL OF STARS by Robert Reed
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2005

"Again, hypercomplicated, dense with ideas and a plot that works itself into a fine old lather: amazing and satisfying both, with the promise of a third volume to conclude the proceedings."
Sequel to Marrow (2000), Reed's astonishing saga set inside a spaceship so huge that an entire planet nestled, undetected, at its center. Read full book review >