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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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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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Quirky and bighearted."
A millennial's account of how she went from being the girl all her female friends wanted at their weddings to a professional bridesmaid. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 2015

"For Clueless obsessives—and perhaps Jane Austen fans."
The legacy of the 1995 movie described as "a Rodeo Drive version of Jane Austen's Emma."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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FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Eloquent at times and a natural for the classroom, this is a good match with Ronald Kidd's Monkey Town (2006). (epilogue, author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 11+)"
In 1925, the leading citizens of Dayton, Tenn., created a media circus to revive the sagging economy of their small town. Read full book review >

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THE MARK by Jen Nadol
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

A compelling protagonist and a riveting premise search for a story, in a dark fantasy that reads like a Twilight Zone episode. Read full book review >

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KALEIDOSCOPE EYES by Jen Bryant
ADVENTURE
Released: May 12, 2009

"A neat match with Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars (2007) and Michael Kaufman's 1968 (2008). (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
When 13-year-old Lyza cleans her grandfather's attic and finds a bundle of papers marked "For Lyza Only," she's propelled into a modern-day search for pirates' treasure. Read full book review >