Search Results: "Jennifer E. Smith"


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ALFRED E. SMITH by Christopher M. Finan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"Well written, thoroughly researched: likely to stand as the definitive portrait of Smith for years to come."
A rock-solid biography of the muckraking New York politician. Read full book review >

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SMITH by Leon Garfield
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"More Hogarth than Cruikshank, this lacks the gusto of Devil in the Fog (1966) but readers who respond to the author will follow him here."
"Smith. 'unted, 'ounded, 'omeless, and part gin-sodder. Smith. Read full book review >

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E by Matt Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Your career may depend on it."
Subject: Fab debut of former London adman, making a bugger-all brilliant update on the epistolary novel by having it largely in e-mail thrashing about on the office network and focusing on London's Miller Shanks ad agency striving to land the Coke account. Read full book review >

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WINDFALL by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Smart and entertaining, as to be expected from Smith. (Fiction. 12-17)"
When the lottery ticket Alice gives to Teddy, the boy she's secretly loved for years, wins him a fortune, they discover money really does change everything. Read full book review >

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THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"It's a minor quibble, though, next to the author's strong suit: a cast of vivid, sympathetic characters whose fate matters to readers and keeps them turning the pages. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A typo misdirects teen film star Graham's email to Ellie in Henley, Maine, launching an intense epistolary friendship that rapidly becomes an anchor for each. Read full book review >

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THE STORM MAKERS by Jennifer E.  Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"Credible and timely fantasy for the global-warming generation. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Contemporary twins in rural Wisconsin discover what's really behind the weather in this meteorological tale of power and sibling solidarity. Read full book review >

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YOU ARE HERE by Jennifer E.  Smith
ANIMALS
Released: May 19, 2009

"Still, it's a half-relayed journey at best, one that fails to deal realistically with money, potty breaks or other mundane details of life on the road—a lapse that might well prove fatal with readers. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Two 16-year-old loners plus a dog take a road trip that brings them together; it's a familiar plot, but Smith invests her somewhat odd and isolated characters with some distinctions that help to make this feel more fresh than that description might lead readers to believe. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 2, 2012

"Yes, many teens face more compelling problems than those of a smart, attractive daughter of affluent and loving, if estranged, parents; but Smith's acute insights make Hadley's heartache and loss as real as the magical unfurling of new love. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A smartly observed novel rises above its apparently easy structure. Read full book review >

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THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2014

"Truth about love always gets our attention, and this book will catch readers'. (Fiction. 12-18)"
As she did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2012), Smith fashions long-distance travel into a metaphor for the leaps of faith that love demands. Read full book review >

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THE COMEBACK SEASON by Jennifer E.  Smith
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 4, 2008

"But even though Smith's clean, uncomplicated prose and gently told story are more Sarah Dessen than Chris Crutcher, both romantics and sports fans will find something here to like. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Hope springs eternal for one Chicago Cubs fan even as she struggles to come to terms with her father's death. Read full book review >

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HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Jennifer E.  Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Another smart and savvy book to add to Smith's oeuvre. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Tomorrow Clare and Aidan head to colleges at opposite ends of the country, leaving just 12 hours to decide whether to break up now or, as they fear, to allow distance and change to do it for them—either way, it's going to be a long night. Read full book review >

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STE-E-E-E-EAMBOAT A-COMIN’! by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2005

"The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers (2000), illus by Holly Meade, though its content is closer to William Anderson's comparatively restrained River Boy (2003), illus by Dan Andreasen. (afterword, map) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Inspired by a passage from Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi, Esbaum captures the bustle and commotion attending a steam packet's arrival in a small river town: "Rubberneckers, / pounding boots, / whiskered geezers, big galoots. / Wheels a-clatter, / choking cloud, / yapping dog, excited crowd." Read full book review >