Search Results: "Jeff Szpirglas"


BOOK REVIEW

EVIL EYE by Jeff Szpirglas
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2013

"The plot is hardly ever credible, but readers will be too scared to notice. And the best horror stories don't need to make any more sense than a dream—or a nightmare. (Horror. 9-12)"
Some kids have been waiting their entire lives for a book about a floating eyeball, even if they didn't know it. This is that book. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Popular science through and through, you can't help enjoying this. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
"A human is a pretty wild thing," argues the author of this collection of curious facts and intriguing studies about human behavior. Read full book review >

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WILD CARDS by Jeff Szpirglas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A good choice for emergent readers who might like to promote improvements to their schools. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The kids in Matt's class love to play with Monster Zap cards during recess, but now their principal has banned them, leaving the child scrambling to find a solution for recess despair. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Szpirglas, who describes himself as 'Just a guy who happens to think weird animals and gross facts are cool,' lists 38 researchers and experts consulted in an impressive concluding page of 'Amazingly Awesome Acknowledgments.' (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Face it, Szpirglas tells us, the world we live in is definitely gross—and we're pretty yucky, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A personal, heart-rending story of struggle and anguish in the face of unconditional love."
Following the untimely death of his adopted African-American son, a father seeks posthumous reconciliation in this affecting collection of personal letters by Gough. Read full book review >

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WHEN JEFF COMES HOME by Catherine Atkins
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Readers will not be able to view incidents of kidnapping and sexual abuse in the same way again. (Fiction. 13+)"
An accomplished, intense, and powerful first novel about what happens when a kidnapped boy is returned to his family. Read full book review >

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TOO SOON FOR JEFF by Marilyn Reynolds
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Another candidate for next year's BBYA list. (Fiction. 12+)"
Jeff, almost 18, and Christy, two years younger, have been going together for months. Read full book review >

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FAT BALD JEFF by Leslie Stella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"More convincing as a stand-up comedy routine than a novel, but nonetheless a hilarious send-up of hippies and hipsters."
Newcomer Stella, founder of the Chicago 'zine Lumpen, creates a slacker hell and a disgruntled, wisecracking protagonist who rages successfully against the machine. Read full book review >

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JEFF IN VENICE, DEATH IN VARANASI by Geoff Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"Unsatisfying as a novel, but the observations are piquant enough to make for an enjoyable read."
Part novel, part cultural travelogue, this latest from the British critic and novelist (The Ongoing Moment, 2005, etc.) consists of two sections, linked by the narrator's sensibility. Read full book review >

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THE MANHATTAN HUNT CLUB by John Saul
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Readers unfamiliar with earlier versions may well be carried away, mainly by the immense research Saul has put into his tunnels and underground societies, less so by the strained melodrama."
Saul's new suspense brainchild rips off Richard Connell's much admired 1924 short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," a work so boredom-proof that this takeoff is no dangerous gambit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 1998

"An informative and moving, albeit discomforting, read."
``My son has been ill for so long that he has . . . been touched by just about every fashion in contemporary mental treatments,'' says this informed, assertive father, who describes many of them in a personal chronicle of his psychotic son's painful life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD SCHOOL by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Harmless fun that neither rocks the boat nor swings for the fences. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
The Wimpy Kid series marches on. Read full book review >