Search Results: "Jenny Davidson"


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THE EXPLOSIONIST by Jenny Davidson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Readers willing to dive in will be eager for the sequel. (author's note) (Fantasy/alternate history. 13 & up)"
Adult novelist and scholarly author Davidson crafts a YA alternate-history/murder-mystery romp—and mostly pulls it off. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC CIRCLE by Jenny Davidson
Released: March 26, 2013

"A suspenseful cautionary tale: Don't play games with strangers."
Role-playing games take over New York City's Morningside Park with calamitous consequences in Davidson's (Invisible Things, 2010, etc.) latest novel. Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE THINGS by Jenny Davidson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"The number of unanswered questions still standing at the abrupt ending leaves no doubt of a continuation. (Alternative history/fantasy. 14 & up)"
This sequel to The Explosionist (2008) initially sags under the weight of the explanation required to bring readers up to speed on the first book's intricate plot, in which events of world history are reimagined with alternate outcomes. Read full book review >

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READING STYLE by Jenny Davidson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 2014

"Davidson prefers the intellectual challenge of analyzing 'a problem or a situation' such as the problem she astutely considers here: how writers create the splendid prose that readers cherish."
Davidson (English and Comparative Literature/Columbia Univ.; The Magic Circle, 2013, etc.) encourages readers to hone their critical skills and develop "a deeper comprehension of how to know which objects reward such scrutiny." Read full book review >

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JUMPING JENNY by Ellen Bari
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Bari's story of one girl's approach to the Jewish principle of 'tikkun olam' (literally, 'repair the world') will resonate as readers watch Jenny achieve her exhausting, triumphant success. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl channels her exuberance and excessive pogo-stick jumping into a worthy fundraising venture. Read full book review >

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SPINNING JENNY by Sylvia Ann McLain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"A strong, often poignant illustration of slavery's destructiveness."
McLain's character-driven debut historical novel blends a tale of ill-fated love with a scathing indictment of slavery. Read full book review >

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CREEPING JENNY by John Sherwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A prologue compares the snubbing of a local absentee squire to the anger of Achilles—an ironic but apt figure for the hyperinflation of village minutiae in this most British puzzler."
Yet another trip down the Miss Marple trail (her own phrase) for Celia Grant of Archerscroft Nurseries (The Hanging Garden, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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JUMPING JENNY by Bonnie Pryor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7- 11)"
Jenny's first weeks of kindergarten are full of challenges and disappointments. Read full book review >

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PRICKLY JENNY by Sibylle Delacroix
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"With its small trim size, this empathetic offering might be just the thing for little ones to take off by themselves when they're feeling prickly. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A girl is in low spirits all day. Read full book review >

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JENNY & LORENZO by Toni Steiner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"An uneven story about an unlikely friendship. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A spunky little mouse befriends a big cat in this European import. Read full book review >