Search Results: "Jason Scott Kurtz"


BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOW THE JOY by Jason Scott Kurtz
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2013

"A sincere message of hope and compassion delivered against a backdrop of extreme poverty."
Kurtz recounts the events of a journey he made to India in hopes of finding spiritual enlightenment and a sense of purpose. Read full book review >

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ANNA WAS HERE by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An amusing and richly rewarding tale that features a very likable, one-of-kind protagonist. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Anna, almost 10, is a worrier, so her family's temporary move from Colorado to her father's hometown in Kansas seems fraught with peril to her. Read full book review >

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JAKARTA MISSING by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2001

"Kurtz's (Faraway Home, 2000, etc.) love for both Africa and North Dakota comes across clearly, but she has woven too many strands into her novel without strong enough characterizations to hold them together. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this slow-moving contemporary novel, a sixth-grader contrasts her new life in North Dakota with her childhood in Africa, while her family struggles with their differing hopes for the future. Read full book review >

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The Journey of a Spiritual Traveler by Michael Kurtz
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 2016

"A set of philosophical but accessible ruminations on Christian life."
A series of meditative essays on the joys and challenges of a spiritual life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOT AIR by Howard Kurtz
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Given the evidence he offers of the enormous political influence of talk shows, it is a sobering question at the heart of a sobering critique. (Author tour)"
Washington Post media reporter Kurtz (Media Circus, 1993) looks at a nation awash in talk TV and radio, and concludes that it may be drowning. Read full book review >

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LIVING THINGS AND NONLIVING THINGS by Kevin Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2017

"Spectacular photography enriches a simple, thoughtful text. (glossary, extended research section, checklists) (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
A multitude of photographs accompany bold, simple text, teaching rudimentary ideas of differentiating what's living and what's not—and noting that it's not as simple as it may seem. Read full book review >

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BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE STORYTELLER'S BEADS by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Kurtz keeps the focus personal but never allows larger events to dissipate in this engrossing tale. (map, glossary, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Based in fact, this is an original, powerful story of two Ethiopian girls who become refugees in the 1980s. Read full book review >

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PLANET JUPITER by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A solid middle-grade family story. (Fiction. 10-13)"
After months on an Oregon farm, Jupiter, an 11-year-old white girl, can't wait to resume her musician family's nomadic journey—until she learns that Edom, 7, an adopted cousin from Ethiopia, will be taking her brother's place and their destination is not the open road but a house in Portland. Read full book review >

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THE BASTARD PRINCE by Katherine Kurtz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

"A satisfying conclusion with a persuasively grim backdrop, well-controlled fantasy elements, a solid cast, and realistically medieval dark plots and foul deeds."
Final installment (The Harrowing of Gwynedd, 1989; King Javan's Year, 1992) of bestselling author Kurtz's latest fantasy trilogy set in the medieval, Celtic-flavored kingdom of Gwynedd chronicling the power struggle between the enlightened Haldane kings, with their magic-powered Deryni allies, and the forces of oppression, malevolence, and darkness. Read full book review >

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KING KELSON’S BRIDE by Katherine Kurtz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2000

"Should bring the fans flocking, and attract newcomers too."
After a long hiatus (The Quest for Saint Camber, 1986, etc.), Kurtz again takes up the saga of Kelson Haldane, king of the medieval, Celtic-flavored kingdom of Gwynedd. Read full book review >

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ST. PATRICK’S GARGOYLE by Katherine Kurtz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2001

"Slow and mostly vaporous, despite some well-meaning religious discussions: even staunch Kurtz fans will find little satisfaction here."
Contemporary fantasy from the Ireland-resident author of the Deryni series and, more recently, various yarns centered on the Knights Templar. Read full book review >