Search Results: "Jaqueline Woodson"


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PECAN PIE BABY by Jaqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Fresh and wise. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A feisty big-sister-to-be narrates her ambivalence about her mama's impending childbirth. Read full book review >

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MURDER, MY DEER by Jaqueline Girdner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2000

California sleuth Kate Jasper's 11th (Murder on the Astral Plane, 1999, etc.) bestows her sweetie Wayne Caruso on her in a secret (albeit terribly romantic) marriage, but their homecoming is marred first by marauding deer in their garden, then by squabbling among the deer-afflicted locals, and finally by the death of an anti-deer activist who wasn't nearly as murderous as his opposition. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN MADISON AND PALMETTO by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The episodic events don't quite add up to a plot; still, a likable visit with two good friends—whose fine jacket portrait by the Dillons will be a sure hook. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the third in the trilogy begun with Last Summer with Maizon (1990), the two Brooklyn eighth-graders are attending a private academy. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE YOU PASS ON THE WAY by Jacqueline Woodson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A provocative topic, treated with wisdom and sensitivity, with a strong secondary thread exploring some of the inner and outer effects of biracialism. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A newfound confidante and a breath of common sense clears away a teenager's guilt and dismay over her dawning sexual preference in this thoughtful, deceptively low-key story from Woodson (From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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MOST LIKELY TO DIE by Jaqueline Girdner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"Lots of inane chatter, aimless to- and fro-ing, mundane characters, and a hard-working but uncharismatic heroine: in all, readable but a good deal less compelling."
A hardcover debut for California's Kate Jasper, owner of Jest Gifts, a mail-order company for pranksters. Read full book review >

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A CRY FOR SELF-HELP by Jaqueline Girdner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1997

"Kate's in perpetual motion here; the scene itself has some amusing moments, though the story, except for the exotic trimmings, remains stubbornly unexciting."
Eighth in this only-in-California series featuring Kate Jasper, inventor and merchandiser of antic gift items (Most Likely to Die, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEATH HITS THE FAN by Jaqueline Girdner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1998

"Busy but ultimately boring."
California's Kate Jasper, owner of Jest Gifts, which makes antic presents, in her ninth frenetic encounter with murder (A Cry for Self-Help, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE ASTRAL PLANE by Jaqueline Girdner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"The result, untainted by the slightest breeze of reality, is bustling but as lifeless as Silk."
Because her friend Barbara Chu is worried that Kate Jasper's habit of walking into rooms full of people only to see one of them die might be a karmic impairment, Kate agrees to accompany her to black lesbian psychic Justine Howe's for a session. Read full book review >

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LENA by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1999

"This does bring a sense of closure to its open-ended predecessor, but the severely unbalanced structure and a resolution that can best be described as shrink-wrapped, make it a weak sequel. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Woodson's quietly harrowing I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This (1994) left teenager Lena Bright and her gifted sister Dion on the run from their abusive father; here, after hitching their way from Ohio to Kentucky, they find the safety they seek, back where their flight began. Read full book review >

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THE DEAR ONE by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Second-novelist Woodson (the well-received Last Summer with Maison, 1990) gives thoughtful consideration to the impact of a pregnant teenager on the 12-year-old daughter of a friend who takes her in. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1994

Friendship lightens the burden of adolescence in a spare novel about two girls drawn together by the common thread of their loss. Read full book review >

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AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Walkmans and bootleg tapes solidify the setting of the previous decade, bringing added authenticity to Woodson's satisfying tale of childhood friendship. (Fiction. YA)"
The summer of 1995 brings D Foster away from her foster home to the block where 12-year-olds Neeka and the unnamed narrator reside. Read full book review >