Search Results: "Jen Calonita"


BOOK REVIEW

FLUNKED by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"For a more enjoyable spin across similar territory (though without the petty crime), try Shannon Hale's The Storybook of Legends (2013) instead. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When 12-year-old Gilly, eldest daughter of the shoemaker, is caught with stolen goods, she is sent to Fairy Tale Reform School for rehabilitation. Read full book review >

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SIDE EFFECTS by Jen Calonita
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Though it has no redeeming literary value, it may still be popular with fans of the Side Effects series, the first 40-minute 'season' of which has close to 3 million views. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The novelization of a digital series on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel features musical numbers translated into prose. Read full book review >

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BELLES by Jen Calonita
Released: April 10, 2012

"One-note characters act as you would expect in this generic, paint-by-numbers effort. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In the first book of a formulaic new series, a lower-class girl is introduced to Southern high society in all its catty glory. Read full book review >

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I'M WITH THE BAND by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"This tale of ultimate wish fulfillment is a must-read for starry-eyed fans of boy bands. (Fiction. 7-12)"
A preteen girl obsessed with a boy band learns that her biggest dream is coming true—she's joining the band on their tour! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REALITY CHECK by Jen Calonita
FICTION
Released: June 7, 2010

"However, Charlie's love interest is a bit idealized, and the constant designer-name-dropping may irritate all but the most fashion-obsessed. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Four best friends are catapulted to fame when they're discovered by a producer and showcased in a reality-TV show in which their relationships are put to the test. Read full book review >

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SUMMER STATE OF MIND by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Entertainment for the fashionista crowd. (Chick lit. 10-15)"
Almost-15-year-old Harper thinks only of fashion until her dad sees her credit-card bill and packs her off to summer camp for a needed lifestyle change. Read full book review >

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WINTER WHITE by Jen Calonita
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"This soapy melodrama comes off as a tiring chore instead of guilty pleasure reading. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The second book in the series begun by Belles (2012) doesn't improve upon its predecessor; in fact, it only cements the flaws in this limp take on Southern chick lit. Read full book review >

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SLEEPAWAY GIRLS by Jen Calonita
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Besides herding the 'peeps, pez, and marshmallows' (younger campers) and staging a walloping food fight, Sam's name-branded camp memories are mostly forgettable. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Calonita's bland, first-person summer-camp extravaganza about a group of feisty, competitive 15-year-old counselors-in-training plays on some well-worn character stereotypes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRICKED by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"The whimsical Grimm reboot continues. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
After her sister is arrested and hauled off to Fairy Tale Reform School, 12-year-old Gilly Cobbler seizes the opportunity to return to her alma mater only to find it changed under its new management. Read full book review >

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BATTLE OF THE BANDS by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2016

"A fast read frothing over with sugary pep and cuteness. (Fiction. 7-12)"
A preteen superfan must defend her favorite boy band when a new group tries to steal their spotlight. Read full book review >

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LOOK OUT FOR BUGS by Jen Prokopowicz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2015

"For appreciation rather than information, this is an interesting addition to the environmental shelf. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Photographs of a series of cut-paper dioramas form this seek-and-find puzzle book starring hidden creatures in the natural world. Read full book review >