Search Results: "Janet Ruth Young"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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GOLDEN BEAR by Ruth Young
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A tune to which the text may be sung is included on the endpapers. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A simple rhymed text describes a preschooler's activities with a constant companion, a favorite toy. Read full book review >

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DAISY'S TAXI by Ruth Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

"Cavil: Pictorial details set the time now (and make the distance variable); the boat's lack of a motor is poetic, but unlikely. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A slight story about a sturdy woman who rows passengers and whatever else is needed to an island apparently off the coast of New England, with outstanding impressionistic doublespread illustrations that recall the evocative power of McCloskey's Time of Wonder (1957, Caldecott Medal), though not its range. Read full book review >

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KEVIN YOUNG
by Megan Labrise

According to poet and critic Kevin Young’s latest treatise, there’s something more American than apple pie. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News is a philosophical history of the hoax, from mid-19th-century circus sideshows to the baseless stories that circulate our social media feeds.

“People had for a long time thought of the hoax in ...


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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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QUEERIES
by Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Reviews

Set in the early 1980s, London Skin & Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories celebrates the residents of the Finsbury Park neighborhood in northern London. Ian Young’s collection of stories reveals a generous community of all sorts—launderettes, working-class gay lads, punks, stoners, stamp collectors, scavengers, revolutionaries in exile, and criminals. Our reviewer said Young creates “an impressive and tactile sense of ...


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PROTEST PRIMER
by Julie Danielson

I may as well be honest with you: I’m not feeling very peppy today, as I sit down to type a couple of days after the Las Vegas shooting. It’s another horrific mass shooting with Congress poised to do little to nothing about it. We are a short-sighted country.

However, we can make our voices heard. Always. Speak up. Let ...


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SOME THINGS I'VE LOST by Cybèle  Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Perhaps more an artist's book than a children's book but universally mesmerizing. (Picture book. 5-12)"
"Where there's an end / there's a beginning. / Things grow. / Things change." Read full book review >

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NANCY KNOWS by Cybèle  Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Pure fascination. (Picture book. 3-10)"
Nancy is an elephant who has forgotten something, and she just can't remember what it could be. Read full book review >

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ZOOMER'S OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD CHRISTMAS by Ned Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Kids will connect with this wildly exuberant fantasy, and Zoomer seems destined to zoom off into further ingenious adventures in unexplored territories. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this third entry in an imaginative series, Zoomer the zestful hound dog hits his stride with a wacky Christmas Eve visit from aliens who crash-land in the field near his house. Read full book review >