Search Results: "Jen Hill"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WITH PINK HAIR by Perez Hilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Cheery-looking and well-intentioned, but missing a crucial kid sensibility. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There aren't any direct references to boys liking boys or girls liking girls in this story about open-mindedness; it simply calls for tolerance for those who may be thought of as "different," such as this boy, who in addition to his startling looks also likes to cook. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIANA'S WHITE HOUSE GARDEN by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"An important piece of our history brought down to a child's level. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Based on a true story, Carbone's story shines a light on the little girl who became the face of the first White House victory garden. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPRING FOR SOPHIE by Yael Werber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Rural and suburban readers in northern climes will find much to recognize. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl uses all her senses to detect the signs of spring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UNCANNY EXPRESS  by Kara LaReau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Move over, Holmes and Watson. There's a new detecting pair in town, and the name's Bland. (Mystery. 7-9)"
Magicians are supposed to disappear, but this one may have a hard time coming back. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOLLY REGINA by Kara LaReau
by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Jen Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"'To shanghai' and 'charming' don't usually go together, but here they do. (Adventure. 7-9)"
When two dull-as-dishwater sisters suddenly find themselves working for female pirates, their days of boredom come sadly to an end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOING HER BIT by Erin Hagar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Crisp dialogue and small dramas propel this story of a young woman's summer of service in wartime and women's emerging power on the homefront. (author's note, web search ideas, bibliography, period posters and photographs) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Based on real events and people, Hagar's story follows college student Helen Stevens during the summer of 1917 as the white "New York City college girl" learns farming to support the war effort. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BE KIND by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Lovely illustrations work with a somewhat heavy-handed message; effective more as instruction than story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This picture book champions interpersonal kindness both globally and in a young child's town. Read full book review >

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JOE HILL
by Gregory McNamee

Climate change is a strange business: it’s turning hot places cold and cold places hot, making desert areas green and turning grasslands into desert. And then there’s what’s going on in Boulder, Colorado, where downpours of sharp steel shards are slicing the locals to ribbons, gruesome deaths first announced, as the narrator of Joe Hill’s novella Rain tells us, by ...


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PROTECT ME FROM MYSELF
by Rosemary Hallmark

BOOK REPORT for The Gatekeepers by Jen Lancaster

Cover Story: Sir Mix-a-Lot
BFF Charm: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: He Said, She Said (and He Said, and She Said)
Anti-Bonus Factor: Patty Chase Award for Awful Parenting
Relationship Status: Just Friends

Cover Story: Sir Mix-a-Lot

Are Big Butts the new Big Face? I certainly hope ...


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LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

BFF Charm: Stuart Smalley

Swoonworthy Scale: 2

Talky Talk: He Said

Bonus Factors: Alternate Dimensions, UMass Amherst

Relationship Status: Be My World-Maker

 

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

Whoever designed this cover just gets this book. This isn’t a cut and dry love story; there’s ...


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GREGOR HENS
by Alex Layman

The first line of Nicotine—Gregor Hens’ meditative exploration on his life as a cigarette smoker—is a stark admission. Over 20 years, Hens proclaims that he smoked more than 100,000 cigarettes. “I’ve even enjoyed a few of them,” he writes. Startling as that number may be, Hens realized upon further thinking that the number in the book is ...


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