Search Results: "Jenny Lundquist"


BOOK REVIEW

PLASTIC POLLY by Jenny Lundquist
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Readers will surely be saying, ‘Polly, you go girl.' (Fiction. 9-13)"
A popularity war heats to boiling when follower Polly Pierce has to take over the leadership of a middle school talent competition. Read full book review >

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THE OPAL CROWN by Jenny Lundquist
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Better suited for fans of romance than fantasy enthusiasts, this concluding story will also satisfy those looking for 'clean' reads. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
The royal intrigue and twin bonding of The Princess in the Opal Mask (2013) continue in this sequel.Read full book review >

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THE CHARMING LIFE OF IZZY MALONE by Jenny Lundquist
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"This story of an atypical girl, her family, and friends, laced with middle school drama, is indeed a charming one. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When her parents enroll her in a charm school, a nonconforming middle schooler finds her life transformed. Read full book review >

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CAT & BUNNY by Mary Lundquist
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Listeners will definitely relate to the pain of being left out; this gentle tale offers an opportunity to contemplate one's own role in a solution. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The dedication page's strategic placement of acorns attached to a branch—two intertwined and one, alone, sprouting in the opposite direction—foreshadows the conflict in this story of fluctuating friendships. Read full book review >

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MOSES by Jenny Perepeczko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A 'true story' with an extensive text and extra helping of imagination. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A rescued baby elephant raised in Malawi turns out to be much like a human baby, exploring his world, needing cuddles and comfort, learning to use his body parts and making friends. Read full book review >

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ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE THREE LITTLE CHILDREN by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"An uneven effort at inclusion. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A multicultural spin on an old rhyme stops short of rehabilitating its problematic history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLOOM by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A lovely way of looking back on the year with a child who may not realize he or she has 'bloomed.' (Picture book. 3-7)"
Paralleling the planting of a garden in the fall and its blooming is the growth of a young girl and all the milestones that happen between fall and spring. Read full book review >

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TAKING OFF by Jenny Moss
FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"While depicting the feel of the mid-'80s—jean jackets and shoulder pads galore—she also beautifully portrays the timeless teen quest for identity. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. YA)"
Living in Clear Lake, Texas, home of Johnson Space Center, in 1985, high-school senior Annie, the granddaughter of Winnie from Winnie's War (2009), secretly writes poetry in a town filled with scientists. Read full book review >

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PAPER COVERS ROCK by Jenny Hubbard
FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"Readers will eagerly anticipate her next work, and in the meantime they may try such similar, classic fare as A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Rye. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
It may take a village to raise a child, but a boys' boarding school is a poor substitute, with its 24/7 peer culture and absentee parents "who pay shitloads of money to send their sons away." 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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IT’S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU by Jenny Han
FICTION
Released: April 27, 2010

"Flashes of humor, realistic (and often salty) dialogue and growing-up moments both painful and authentic create a convincing and poignant read. (Fiction. YA)"
Isabel (Belly) struggles to regain her equilibrium after the death of her mother's best friend Susannah in this sequel to The Summer I Turned Pretty (2009). Read full book review >