Search Results: "Jeff Hobbs"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TOURISTS by Jeff Hobbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2007

"Unconvincing."
A gay Gatsby, an African-American Daisy and a Nick in love with both—all Yalies in contemporary Manhattan. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An urgent report on the state of American aspirations and a haunting dispatch from forsaken streets."
Ambitious, moving tale of an inner-city Newark kid who made it to Yale yet succumbed to old demons and economic realities. Read full book review >

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OLD TOM, MAN OF MYSTERY by Leigh Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"It just might not win Tom any new ones. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Angela Throgmorton has had it with lazy Old Tom. Read full book review >

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OLD TOM’S HOLIDAY by Leigh Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Fans as well as newcomers to the series will love this slightly rude but lovable cat and his sweet but dim owner. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Old Tom is not the most congenial or mannerly cat, but his owner Angela Throgmorton loves him dearly. Read full book review >

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MINNIE MCCLARY SPEAKS HER MIND by Valerie Hobbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Ultimately, this important topic deserves a more in-depth exploration than this brief, albeit thoughtful, effort offers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A shy sixth-grader learns to speak out against prejudice when her community rushes to judge an unusual teacher. Read full book review >

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER by Will Hobbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

Terlingua Ghost Town isn't a common destination for teenagers, but 14-year-old Dylan is hitchhiking his way there for a white-water-rafting adventure with his reclusive uncle and his boisterous cousin, Rio. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE'S RUN by Valerie Hobbs
Released: March 28, 2000

"Hobbs asks readers to suspend disbelief through encounters in drug dens and tough-guy police grillings; once they do, the story will have them in its grip. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Although this novel is burdened by various issues of credibility, Hobbs delivers a fast-paced, engrossing read with two characters on opposite ends of the ethical spectrum who meet in the all-too-human middle. Read full book review >

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DEFIANCE by Valerie Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2005

"The feisty, life-affirming, lesson-teaching elder is a familiar character in children's literature, but Hobbs breathes new life into the situation, giving the character some problems of her own and making the intersection of these two souls both real and poignant. (Fiction. 10+)"
Toby Steiner, age 11, doesn't want to go back to the cancer hospital. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2004

"A fast read where problems can actually be solved by facing them head-on, thinking stuff through, and working hard. (Fiction. YA)"
Texan Jody, 16, has only been married to Bobby James for 13 weeks when he punches her out and leaves her at a gas station in Florida in 1991. Read full book review >

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GO BIG OR GO HOME by Will Hobbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"With convincing, first-person narration, a fast pace and plenty of suspense, this is a welcome addition to Hobbs's extremely reader-pleasing work. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Extreme sports and extraterrestrial bacteria that thrive in extreme environments are the ingredients for Hobbs's latest adventure. Read full book review >

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TENDER by Valerie Hobbs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 19, 2001

"A leisurely paced, somewhat gloomy story, but one that is, in the end, rewarding. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A sad, but ultimately hopeful story about missed connections and the opportunity for second chances. Read full book review >

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GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT. OR NOT. by Valerie Hobbs
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Some food for thought, dished out with a heavy hand. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hobbs (How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn't Called You Back?, 1995) takes on a sheaf of hot topics in this soapy, overstuffed tale of three friends helping a fourth who has a penchant for making bad choices. Read full book review >