Search Results: "Jennifer Roy"


BOOK REVIEW

MINDBLIND by Jennifer Roy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Readers will be happy to see Nathaniel succeed. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Lovable 14-year-old "Aspie" Nathaniel Clark stores his memories in computer-like files in his brain, loves formulas, plays keyboard in a rock band, has some trouble in social situations, likes to spend time in his own mental world and really, really wants to be a genius. Read full book review >

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YELLOW STAR by Jennifer Roy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Classroom teachers might want to partner this book with Jerry Spinelli's Milkweed (2003). (Historical fiction. 10+)"
Syvia—the author's aunt—is too young to know what's happening, but she and her family have been evicted from their home and, with the other neighborhood Jews, have been relocated to the Lodz ghetto at the start of WWII. Read full book review >

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TAKE TWO by Julia DeVillers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"Chick lit for the tween set. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Busted in school for switching identities in Trading Faces (2009), identical twins Payton (fashion conscious) and Emma (studious), must now pay the price in this stand-alone sequel. Read full book review >

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CORDIALLY UNINVITED by Jennifer Roy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"Only the most passionate of princess devotees will fall head-over-heels for this one. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A junior bridesmaid's work is never done. Read full book review >

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JARS OF HOPE by Jennifer Roy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sensitive, discussable access point for children learning about Holocaust history. (afterword, author's note, glossary, index, source notes) (Picture book. 8-10)"
The brave work of Irena Sendler, one of the righteous gentiles of World War II, is succinctly depicted in this new picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2010

"Certainly Huliska-Beith's thick paints catch the eye as she cleverly mimics Mommy's activities with the baby's imagined adventures, but even so, this effort is likely to provoke a slew of baffled questions with its skewed view into a fetus's world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale that means to impress with its ingenuity ends up instead presenting a confusing take on what goes on in utero. Read full book review >

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ARUNDHATI ROY
by Gregory McNamee

Epic in scope, Arundhati Roy’s new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness  opens with an arresting vignette, one in which the skies over Delhi, India, are suddenly absent of vultures, long the city’s characteristic birds. The vultures are gone owing to a poison called diclofenac, given to dairy cows as a muscle relaxant to “ease pain and increase the ...


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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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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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NONFICTION SPOTLIGHT
by Leila Roy

I’ve always been a fiction reader. While I’ve certainly read some nonfiction—mostly personal essays and memoirs, because of the narrative—when it comes to longform work, I’ve always been more drawn to fiction.

Serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee—helping to put together a list of the year’s best feminist books for readers 0-18—has forced me to broaden my reading horizons ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE BLOOD GUARD by Carter Roy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Though it's a little on the derivative side, this iteration of the hero's journey will have readers chuckling all the way to the satisfying cliffhanger. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Roy's first novel is the humorous and exciting start of a new trilogy. Read full book review >

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WEREWOLF PARALLEL by Roy Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Clever, creative and fun. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
The separate worlds—and the Parallel between—face a threat that Cameron and his friends must stop in this Scottish import. Read full book review >