Search Results: "Jennifer Cecil"


BOOK REVIEW

LET'S BUILD A PLAYGROUND by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"KaBOOM! doesn't just foster the power of play (both physical and imaginative); as seen in this book, it inspires kids to believe in change. ('imagine your own playground' prompts, author's note) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
National nonprofit organization KaBOOM! helps an Indianapolis community construct a playground in just one day. Read full book review >

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ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

 

Cover Story: Sneaky Big Face
BFF Charm: Destiny’s Child
Swoonworthy Scale:
 1
Talky Talk: Straight Up Worldbuilding
Bonus Factors:
 Aliens, Evil Cult Leader
Relationship Status: Let Me Introduce You to a Friend of Mine

Cover Story: Sneaky Big Face

Planets and stars and comets, oh my! Yup, this one is ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2017: JENNIFER EGAN
by Rachel Sugar

Manhattan Beach is not the novel Jennifer Egan set out to write, in large part because Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winner, doesn’t write by following plans. “I don’t really know what I’m going to do before I do it,” she tells me over salads—she recommends the arugula, “if you’re in a salad-y mood, it’s very salad-y”—at Olea in her ...


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MAP ME A WAY TO YOUR HEART
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Cover Story: The Geography of Jennifer E. Smith
BFF Charm: Maybe x 2
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: The School of Sarah Dessen
Bonus Factors: Globetrotting, Postcards
Relationship Status: Vacation Hook-up

Cover Story: The Geography of Jennifer E. Smith

This is Jennifer E. Smith's third ...


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GO ASK ALICE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
by Jennie K.

 

BOOK REPORT for The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Cover Story: Sticks and Stones

BFF Charm: Maybe

Swoonworthy Scale: 3

Talky Talk: Just the Facts, Ma’am

Anti-Bonus Factor: Small-Minded Small Town

Relationship Status: See You at School

 

Cover Story: Sticks and Stones

The cover brings to mind the old chestnut, “Sticks and stones may break my bones ...


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YOU CAN'T DIG UP DIRT WITHOUT GETTING DIRTY
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly 

Cover Story: Pretty Grave
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Old-Fashioned
Bonus Factors: Feminism, Mystery
Relationship Status: Whirlwind Romance

 

Cover Story: Pretty Grave

Given that this is neither a ghost story nor a zombie book, I might have gone a different direction with the artwork, but ...


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YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION
by Jennie K.

Cover credit: Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press

BOOK REPORT for Moxie (ISBN13: 978-1-62672-635-2) by Jennifer Mathieu

Cover Story: What’s Black and White and Full of Girl Power?

BFF Charm: Platinum

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Straight Up With A Riot Grrl Twist

Bonus Factor: Intersectional Feminism

Relationship Status: Riot Reader

 

Cover Story: What’s Black and White and Full of Girl ...


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WHEN HISTORY IS BURIED ALONGSIDE THE BODIES
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said
Bonus Factors: Awesome Grownups
Relationship Status: So This Is Love

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen

As a rule, I generally don’t like Big Face covers, and as with all rules, there are exceptions ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BEIGE by Cecil Castellucci
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2007

"A cast of quirky characters keeps the book interesting, both for readers interested in the emotional drama and in the L.A. music scene, without getting into anything too gritty. (Fiction. YA)"
What's a decidedly non-hip girl to do when she's suddenly plunged into the punk-rock scene in L.A.? Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF COOL by Cecil Castellucci
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"When Libby's 'friends' jeopardize Tina's intern position, she unexpectedly takes the heat and discovers that life among the common folk is actually quite extraordinary. (Fiction. YA)"
Albert Camus meets Mariah Fredericks in this smart, edgy take on one adolescent's search for identity and meaning in life. Read full book review >

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Released: March 20, 1989

Diplomat-traitor Donald Maclean was, according to Noel Annan's splendid foreword here, "the only one of the six main spies who found the actual practice of deception and concealment distasteful." Read full book review >

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DON'T COSPLAY WITH MY HEART by Cecil Castellucci
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"This authentically geeky and feminist romance nails the con scene. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen copes with home-life troubles by cosplaying her favorite comic-book character. Read full book review >