Search Results: "Jen Violi"


BOOK REVIEW

PUTTING MAKEUP ON DEAD PEOPLE by Jen Violi
FICTION
Released: May 24, 2011

"A book that looks at death and reveals much about life. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Here's a teen novel with a unique premise: High-school senior Donna decides she wants to become a mortician. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"Likely to appeal only to Christian readers."
A mother's searching memoir about how she and her family found their faith tested in the aftermath of a devastating car crash. Read full book review >

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THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF PRINCE JEN by Lloyd Alexander
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Recounting the adventures of the son of an imaginary Chinese emperor, a master storyteller once again weaves a compelling tale. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A biblio bias-cut whose shimmer is welcome despite its optimistic shortsightedness. (Historical graphic fiction. 12-18)"
Once upon a time, there was a prince who felt fabulous only in exquisite gowns. 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 >

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TURN IT UP! by Jen Calonita
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Although there is lip service to sisterhood, this novel plays right into many of the most insidious negative stereotypes of teenage girls. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Relationship drama among girls dominates this lightweight offering. Read full book review >

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ONE HUNDRED SPAGHETTI STRINGS by Jen Nails
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Nails serves up a platter of tender, poignant goodies, but the resolution, or lack thereof, on some key questions raised may be a bit hard to swallow for young readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Is your family a well-catered, fancy meal? Or is it more like a cafeteria food fight? Finding the kernel of truth about her family's simmering secrets sets one girl up with a recipe for confusion. Read full book review >

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SHUFFLE, REPEAT by Jen Klein
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 3, 2016

"It's a predictable romance about two smart white teens, but it's an entertaining and even touching one. (Romance. 12-18)"
June thinks high school is merely a stopgap between childhood and real life until she starts carpooling with the star jock. Read full book review >

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TWISTED SISTERS by Jen Lancaster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A meandering midsection—extended digressions on Godfather shtick, anyone?—may discourage some readers from persevering until the truly satisfying closing twist."
A TV psychologist shrinks from facing her own sibling rivalry issues. 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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FIONA THORN AND THE CARAPACEM SPELL by Jen Barton
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Young fantasy fans will likely enjoy this richly imagined tale and will eagerly await its next installment."
Barton's explosive middle-grade fantasy debut tells about an orphan's quest to save her magical best friend. Read full book review >