Search Results: "Jeffrey Stepakoff"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MELODY OF SECRETS by Jeffrey Stepakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Stepakoff uses this sliver of history well, but the romance between Maria and James seems irrelevant (and frankly less interesting than Maria's moral dilemmas), which is a bad sign for a romantic novel."
Stepakoff's latest throws together America's burgeoning space program, Nazi scientists and a talented violinist in a Nicholas Sparks-style romance. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2007

"The emphasis on personal wealth feels a touch unseemly after a while, and the lazy, arbitrary story arc will leave many readers too listless to care."
A veteran TV writer/producer recounts how he got lucky and made an obscene amount of money during Hollywood's go-go '80s and '90s. Read full book review >

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FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA by Jeffrey Stepakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"A formulaic romance, yet undoubtedly destined for big things."
As World War II comes to a close, a young woman finds her soul mate, while waiting for the return of her husband from the front lines. Read full book review >

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CLICK! by Jeffrey Ebbeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"An enjoyable bedtime story that demands to be heard. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An industrious lamp in the shape of a bird fixes all things that go bump in the night. Read full book review >

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THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >

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WHO BROKE THE VASE? by Jeffrey Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An interesting debut, one that may instigate discussion, emotion, and, yes, even laughs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A broken vase, an eyewitness, and a cast of improbable suspects lead to one surprise ending in this celebration of the whopper. Read full book review >

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WHO AM I? by Jeffrey Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"With full force of knowing right from wrong, readers will jump at the chance to chime in with the repeated admonishment: 'You are a rabbit!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A rabbit with a madcap imagination pretends to be many other animals. Read full book review >

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RETURN OF THE PADAWAN! by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2014

"Future installments—and further disasters—will be most welcome. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
The line between humor and heartbreak is very thin in this new Star Wars graphic novel. Read full book review >

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JEDI ACADEMY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Sacrilege of the most satisfying kind. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Even the most critical Star Wars fans will give Lucasfilm points for licensing this subversive graphic novel. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON WHO WANTED TO FLY by Jeffrey Comanor
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1995

"Comanor synthesizes simple elements and likable characters into a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An innovative book—Comanor's first—with a little bit of everything: sympathetic characters, a happy ending, inventive pictures and design. Read full book review >

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LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Read solely as fiction, this is an auspiciously clever and engaging series opener. (Graphic historical fiction. 7-12)"
Two Neanderthal preteens weave a tale of everyday life to which even modern kids can relate. Read full book review >