Search Results: "Jenny Downham"


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BEFORE I DIE by Jenny Downham
FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Lucid language makes a painful journey bearable, beautiful and transcendent. (Fiction. YA)"
With only months left to live, 16-year-old Tessa makes a list of things she must experience: sex, petty crime, fame, drugs and true love. Read full book review >

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YOU AGAINST ME by Jenny Downham
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Unforgettable. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A tender, complex character study from the author of Before I Die (2007). Read full book review >

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UNBECOMING by Jenny Downham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Exceptional. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Three generations of a family wrestle with secrets. 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 >

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TAKING JENNY HOME by Carolyn Kane
Released: Sept. 15, 2010

"A multilayered blend of suspense, mythology and the supernatural, anchored by a thoughtful, young heroine."
In her first YA fantasy novel, Kane (Creative Writing, 2002, etc.) deftly weaves the absorbing tale of a shape-shifting Irish wizard, a lethal ghost, a cursed island and a modern-day young girl who may be able to put everything right. Read full book review >