Search Results: "Jennifer E. Morris"


BOOK REVIEW

A GLUTEN-FREE BIRTHDAY FOR ME! by Sue Fliess
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Somewhat useful if not particularly artful. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Simple rhymes, pictures and idea combine in this story that's nevertheless a little too heavy on the instructional side. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE RED ROLLS AWAY by Linda Whalen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2017

"Designed to address the anxieties moving holds for children, this book is competent and clear. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Red, a small barn, is moved from his home, much to his distress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOST PEOPLE by Michael Leannah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Despite its textual platitudes, the visual stories here are well worth telling. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Most people are very good people." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COME, LLAMAS by Jennifer Morris
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Earnest but unengaging. (Fiction 9-12)"
Good intentions and informative details can't overcome flat characterization and a clunky, predictable plot in this middle-grade story set on an Alaskan llama ranch. J.T. Kinnaman, the nine-year-old narrator tells readers how much he loves his 86-year-old grandfather, how eager he is to raise his own llama (and thus feel like a full partner in the family business), and how hard he works to improve his skills and become the pitcher of his baseball team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S HALLOWEEN NIGHT! by Jennifer O'Connell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Get ready for enthusiastic participation, and do not forget to find the small spider placed on each spread. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Looking for a simple title about Halloween for the youngest readers? Rhyming text sets up an interactive guessing game that may just be the treat to share with the toddler and early-preschool set. 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

THE LEMONADE HURRICANE by Licia Morelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A child-friendly introduction to the practice of meditation and the benefits of mindfulness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emma teaches Henry by example how to meditate and be mindful, especially after he has quenched his thirst and subsequently wound himself up with sugary lemonade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A solid biography of a compelling but little-known leader from a country that, though small, has loomed large in recent history."
Critical biography of Nicaragua's president. Read full book review >

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CHOOSING YOUR OWN PATH
by Leila Roy

Everyone wants something different from me. It’s like one second, I should be a better dude. I should stop being such a girly douche, and I should just man up. Then, it’s the opposite: I’m too much of a guy, and it’s not right. I should be a girl, because that’s what I’m supposed to be.

The thing is, I’m ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >