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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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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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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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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TOP DOG by Carli Davidson
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A fresh look at some old expressions, using dogs of all ages to teach some new tricks. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
Twenty-one different dogs illustrate a variety of familiar idiomatic expressions about dogs. Read full book review >

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SHAKE, WIGGLE & ROLL by Carli Davidson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Will delight kids and caregivers alike. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A kinetic catalog of canine activities. Read full book review >

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JASON & KYRA by Dana Davidson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Suffering without a strong story or inspired writing, Davidson's debut misses its mark. (Fiction. 12+)"
An improbable romance blossoms between two African-American students: Jason Vincent, basketball star and one of the most popular guys in school, and intelligent, but inexperienced Kyra Evans. Read full book review >

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MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Further Reading''; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In lucid detail that will be easily comprehended by middle- grade children and novices of all ages, a survey of art's styles, techniques, and symbols through the ages; the social, economic, and philosophical reasons underlying them; and how viewers' experiences affect their response to art. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Davidson has his biases, and they show—but so, too, do his great affection and goodwill for a continent too often maligned or ignored."
A mixed bag of 20 essays and lectures (most reprinted from The New Statesman and other journals) by Africa-expert Davidson (The Black Man's Burden, 1992, etc.), selected by the author in commemoration of his 80th birthday. Read full book review >

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CATARACT CITY by Craig Davidson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"'It's a big world out there,' our narrator tells us. So it is, and while you wouldn't want to live in this corner of it, it's well worth a visit."
Snowmobile chases, cigarettes and snub noses: Canadian novelist Davidson's (The Fighter, 2007, etc.) latest is a down-and-dirty look at life on the quiet side of Niagara Falls. Read full book review >

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Messages from My Hero in Heaven by Melissa Davidson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2015

"A powerful, sometimes surreal memoir about facing grief through faith."
A grieving mother finds comfort in the notion that her deceased son is, in many ways, still with her. Read full book review >