Search Results: "Jennifer R. Hubbard"


BOOK REVIEW

UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP by Jennifer R. Hubbard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

"Well-crafted, though it treads some familiar ground. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A quiet, insightful look into the aftermath of bullying through the eyes of a former victim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRY NOT TO BREATHE by Jennifer R. Hubbard
FICTION
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Haunting, hopeful and masterfully crafted. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Evocative symbols, carefully drawn details and hints of romance enrich a spare, redemptive character study. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET YEAR by Jennifer R. Hubbard
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A too-familiar plot and inexperienced writing combine to create a story that is at best forgettable and at worst regrettable. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The news that there had been a car accident on the Black Mountain Road was not as surprising to Colt as who was killed: Julia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIVE STONES by Jennifer R. Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A Korean-American setting helps this reboot, though it fails to capture Austen's magic touch."
Kim's (Waiting for Appa, 2009) novel updates Pride and Prejudice, setting it among San Francisco's Korean-American community. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard
Released: March 13, 2012

"A thoughtful and meandering travel narrative, this will find an audience among readers willing to take the time to get to know characters whose motives they might not always understand. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A tale of self-discovery slowly unfolds in this novel about a talented artist who falls for her travel companion as she backpacks in Central America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO IS FOR DANCING by Woodleigh Hubbard
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Still, the artist's innovative use of color and stylized forms is worth a look, and the joyous enthusiasm in each picture is pleasantly contagious. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The author/illustrator of C Is for Curious: An ABC of Feelings (1990) applies the same flamboyant style to the numbers from 1 to 12 with less success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FRIENDSHIP BOOK by Woodleigh Hubbard
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Children—as well as adults—will be amused by the humor and the strength of the visual expression. (Picture book. 5+)"
In her third book, Hubbard brings the distinctive style introduced in C Is for Curious (1990), an innovative pictorial exploration of the emotions, to a dozen aphorisms: ``A friend keeps your secrets''; ``Friends don't always agree''; etc. Again, the artist's vibrantly contrasted colors and decorative animal figures—in simple, dynamic shapes that could have been inspired by Matisse's cutouts—deftly express the subtleties of emotion, whether in a fearful blue creature clinging to its insouciant, boldly yellow companion, whose delicate stance declares understanding as well as courage; or in a comfortably rounded pair with similar shapes and dissimilar but related colors, relaxing among pleasantly curvilinear forms (``Friends just need each other''). Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Mandy Hubbard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Harmless wish-fulfillment for romance fans. (Romance. 12-18)"
A Cinderella story set near modern-day Seattle brings a poor girl together with a handsome, uber-rich, famous guy. Read full book review >

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WHOA, JEALOUSY! by Woodleigh Hubbard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"Nowhere else is there credit or acknowledgement of what, or how much, role she played. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Jealousy is a feeling that gets inside you. You invite it in, and suddenly . . . Read full book review >

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TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Woodleigh Hubbard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Included are cardboard cut-out ornaments of the drawings. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Readers have heard it a trillion times before and still can't remember the verses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAFE IN A STORM by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"From young preschoolers afraid of thunderstorms to school-aged children learning to deal with worrying aspects of the larger world, this encouraging story offers a hopeful view of the protective power of caring adults. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A soothing story follows adult animals as they protect their young and offer words of comfort during stormy times. Read full book review >