Search Results: "Jeff Gottesfeld"


BOOK REVIEW

ROBINSON'S HOOD by Jeff Gottesfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Misses the mark almost completely. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The first in a planned series is slight in length as well as in concept. Read full book review >

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ANNE FRANK AND ME by Cherie Bennet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"For a much better time-travel novel involving the Holocaust, stick with Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic. (timeline) (Fiction. 11-16)"
In this example of history- and literature-lite, teens are given a rather heavy-handed lesson about the evils of the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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A HEART DIVIDED by Cherie Bennett
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 9, 2004

"The novel, which includes a script of the play Kate writes about the flag issue, would make a fine one-two punch with Arthur Miller's play in a high-school classroom. (afterword) (Fiction. 12+)"
Kate Pride's liberal-minded mother wants her to be a Woman of Purpose, and Kate longs to be like the cool, pierced girls in the magazines who "looked as if they did drugs and had sex even if they didn't." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TREE IN THE COURTYARD by Jeff Gottesfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Anne Frank has been memorialized properly—elsewhere. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
Nature watches as humans wage war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STOP MATH by Jeff Weigel
by Jeff Weigel, illustrated by Jeff Weigel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"Math taken to its fundamentals in a fun, well-paced story and with enough of a challenge to maintain steady interest. (iPad storybook app. 7-12)"
A simple app with historical leanings that should keep mathematics from becoming a kid's personal Gitmo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOYS by Jeff Newman
Kirkus Star
by Jeff Newman, illustrated by Jeff Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"Through confident brushwork, done in a stylized '50s modern aesthetic, the artist's images reveal sports' deep truths about acceptance, a willingness to try and the intergenerational connections they bring. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's a new town for a baseball-loving protagonist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE THAT KITTY! by Jeff Jarka
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Pleasant if predictable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Jarka's frenetic cartoon family is back, this time coping with young Peter's feverish adoption of all things feline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ATOMIC ACE AND THE ROBOT RAMPAGE by Jeff Weigel
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Shelve it next to Bob McLeod's Superhero ABC (January 2006) and Ross MacDonald's Another Perfect Day (2002). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Having extolled the merits of his superhero father in Atomic Ace (He's Just My Dad) (2004), a lad discovers that his mom has hidden talents too in this engaging follow-up. Read full book review >

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DON'T LOOK DOWN
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Edge of Everything (Untitled #1) by Jeff Giles

Cover Story: Bring an Extinguisher
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Paranormal Boy Meets Girl
Bonus Factor: Bounty Hunter From Hell
Factor: Series Starter
Anti-Bonus Factor: Instalove
Relationship Status: I’ll Be Back


Cover Story: Bring an Extinguisher

Is that snow on fire? Something tells me this ...


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JEFF GUINN
by Gregory McNamee

“Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.” We hear the admonition all the time, are constantly treated to the spectacle of one political pundit—or would-be pundit, anyway—accusing another of downing the fruity beverage as shorthand for uncritically following some party line or another.

But where does the expression come from? Those who were around a little shy of 40 years ago should ...


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IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Cover Story: After School Special
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Heartbreak and Hope
Bonus Factors: Therapy, Kickass Gram, Diversity
Anti-Bonus Factors: Violent Death, Awful Parents
Relationship Status: Here For You

Cover Story: After School Special

This cover doesn’t give much away about the story within, but it certainly ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Salutary portraits in radicalism. (Collective biography. 11-14)"
A gallery of historical troublemakers starting with Hannibal and ending with Martin Luther King, Jr. Read full book review >