Search Results: "Jennifer Morris"


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 >

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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 >

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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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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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BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE COLLEGE
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Straight Up
Bonus Factor: College Transition
Relationship Status: Keep In Touch

 

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment

This cover, with its black and white photograph, playful typography ...


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IT'S HANDLED
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for The Fixer (Book 1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

Cover Story: X Marks Which Spot?
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale:
 2
Talky Talk: Page Turner
Bonus Factors:
 Scandal, Private School, Family 
Relationship Status: Just What I Was Looking For

 

Cover Story: X Marks Which Spot?

What happens when a cover doesn't want to ...


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FINDING BASQUIAT'S HUMANITY WITH JAVAKA STEPTOE
by Julie Danielson

The year 2016 has been a long and arduous one for many, so somehow it seems like an eternity ago to recall Spring, when I rounded up here at Kirkus some of Fall 2016’s best picture books, ones that I thought would make a splash when their time came. One of them was Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe’s biography of the ...


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