Search Results: "Janet Ruth Young"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BABYSITTER MURDERS by Janet Ruth Young
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 26, 2011

"Teens who feel misunderstood will relate to Dani's struggles to maintain her reputation in a society that tends to view them with suspicion. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Dani adores Alex, so why is she thinking about killing him? Read full book review >

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MY BEAUTIFUL FAILURE by Janet Ruth Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Despite the clever characterizations, the title says it all. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This account of a teen suicide-hotline volunteer is brimming with wry humor and whimsical charm, but as somber events unfold, that light tone feels uncomfortably inappropriate, as if it belongs to some other novel. Read full book review >

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THE OPPOSITE OF MUSIC by Janet Ruth Young
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"What rings true is a lewdly funny scene in the school cafeteria ensues, and when the guilt-ridden son ditches his father to attend a concert with a friend. (Fiction. YA)"
In some ways, Young's creatively constructed debut harks back to an earlier era, when problems often took precedence over people in YA novels. Read full book review >

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PLANET JANET by Dyan Sheldon
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"But it will certainly find an audience. (Fiction. 12+)"
An utterly self-absorbed British teen scrivens her frustrations with the rest of the world in her slang-filled diary, all the while blissfully ignorant of the real chaos around her. Read full book review >

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SAVING RUTH by Zoe Fishman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Conflicts and secrets abound, yet the tension doesn't quite build, so the eruption of the final crisis seems abrupt and the resolution far too easy."
Home after the first year at college—can you keep your secrets hidden? Read full book review >

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JANET RENO by Paul Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 1994

"A solid introduction to an American original, written with journalistic verve."
A lively, balanced portrait of the nation's first woman attorney general, by a Miami Herald reporter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Despite occasional redundancies—only natural given the 400 pages of commentary on a brief text—this book is absorbing and provocative."
A generally superb collection of both traditional and unorthodox readings of the Book of Ruth. Read full book review >

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DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"An engrossing debut from a writer to watch."
With quietly powerful prose and carefully nuanced description, a first-novelist creates a satisfying fictional world inhabited by complicated people painfully coming to terms with their common history. Read full book review >

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RUTH BENEDICT by Margaret Mead
Released: Sept. 1, 1974

"Mead's portrait is followed by a selection from the essential Benedict (on cultural configurations, Zuni mythology, primitive freedom, Japanese self-discipline) which reveal her as lucid, seminal, humane, and very much the writer she always wanted to be."
This is a volume in the Leaders of Modern Anthropology series, and as such it is an introduction to Ruth Benedict as a thinker and a human being, not a full-scale biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Elucidating, descriptive and full of details to fascinate, if it lacks the artistry of such other flights as Airport, by Byron Barton. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What is it like to fly in a plane? Read full book review >

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BECOMING BABE RUTH by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Flamboyant and amazingly talented, the Sultan of Swat receives due appreciation here. (author's note, statistics chart, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
An homage to the Bambino introduces a new audience to this great legend of baseball. Read full book review >

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PLANET JANET IN ORBIT by Dyan Sheldon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A glossary of Briticisms at the end helps with the translation. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Summer has finally arrived and Janet is prepared to leave her Dark Phase behind and enjoy her summer, but not if her mother (Mad Cow) has anything to do with it. Read full book review >