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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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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 18, 1992

"With its sweep, perception, originality, and felicitous use of language—an artistic and intellectual achievement."
Helman—professor of medicine (University College, London), family physician, and cultural historian—draws on his wide-ranging interests to offer a vivid, personable, and insightful exploration of physiology and fiction—of the interaction of the objective functioning of the human body and the subjective experience of it, as well as of the political analogues and social metaphors it inspires in both historic and contemporary terms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLEEP ON, BELOVED by Cecil Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"A moving—though sometimes one-dimensional—account of the immigrant struggle. (First printing of 25,000)"
A sharp-edged, if rather bleak and overdrawn, evocation of the Caribbean immigrant experience in Canada: Barbados-born Foster's second novel after the luminous No Man in the House (1992). Read full book review >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS by Cecil Castellucci
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"It won't be for everyone, but sophisticated readers will eat this melancholy, appealingly disjointed novel right up. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 12-16)"
A tale of contemporary family and a comic that draws on Greek mythology unfold in alternating chapters, interweaving to tell of two sisters blighted by the sting of jealousy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG DAY ON THE RIVER by Sarah Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"A good tale of a spunky girl for independent or group reading. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willie starts out at dawn for a solo raft ride on the Wallawatchee River. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERMORE DRAGON by Barbara Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A beguiling read-aloud for more than princess-and-dragon lovers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The comforting friendship between a young girl and an enormous dragon deepens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ODD DUCK by Cecil Castellucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"This clever celebration of individuality delights. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)"
A sublime tale of two strange ducks who overcome the odds—pun completely intended—and become friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Even with the authors' name recognition, this collection's appeal is limited at best. (Short stories. 14 & up)"
This disastrous collection of stories sets out to show the depth and coolness of unpopular geeks and nerds, but instead it presents tired stereotypes in writing that fulfills an audience of authors and librarians rather than teens. Read full book review >