Search Results: "Jeff Roberts"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE STORIES by Jeff Roberts
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"A patchy and intermittently sharp-eyed collection."
A self-proclaimed “student of the human condition” reflects in writer's workshop-style prose on the effects of breakups, haplessness and sorrow. 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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BOY OR GIRL? YES.
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Cover Story: Bang Bang

BFF Charm: Big Sister

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Straight Up with a Blogger Twist

Bonus Factors: LGBTQ, Orange County

Relationship Status: Wingwoman

Cover Story: Bang Bang

This cover (and title) is great—it manages to get a key element of Riley’s appearance across without indicating gender ...


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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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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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BOOK REVIEW

RAPUNZEL by Lynn Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Those under 30 may miss many of the cultural references, but even in this fractured form it's good to see the classic tale stayin' alive, stayin' alive. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/folktale. 8-10, adult)"
Having found an audience—an adult one, at least—for Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story (2001), the Roberts sibs put a differently styled, but equally stylish twist on another folktale romance. Read full book review >

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GRATEFUL FOR ROMANCE—AND SUSPENSE!
by Bobbi Dumas

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

It’s been a tough month for a lot of people, and I’ve been thinking how wonderful it is to have really good books to sink into, especially the kind that offer hope and a guaranteed happy-ever-after. I know when I look at my many to-be-read and to-be-listened to queues, I find myself turning more and more to ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE FACTS OF LIFE by Jillian Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 2013

"Here, 'just enough' is not enough in either form or content. (iPad informational app. 3-6)"
"Just enough" information about the titular facts is the stated goal for this well-intentioned offering from a Canadian psychologist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRTY BERTIE by David Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Young readers may respond with a polite 'eeewww' or two, but neither the staring eyes in the cartoon illustrations, nor the rigidly judgmental approach, is likely to spark much beyond that. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In what amounts to a No, David! knockoff, another child with a pop-eyed, oversized head earns repeated, large-type choruses of "No, Bertie! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE RED by Lynn Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"No, this isn't likely to replace traditional versions—but it should nonetheless draw a chuckle or two. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
The Roberts' third style-conscious folktale remake transforms Little Red into a boy, places him in late 18th-century America and sends him through the woods to Grandma's with a jug of ginger ale. 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 >