Search Results: "Jenny Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

DIARY OF A PARENT TRAINER by Jenny Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"Alternately funny and heartbreakingly poignant—a memorable tale. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Katie is certain she has the grown-ups in her life figured out. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN GROWING UP WITH WAR by Jenny Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An effective appeal to child readers as the ones who can stop the continuum of violence. (map, further information, websites, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Through honest photographs and prose Matthews captures what it is like to be a child of war, as well as a photojournalist working in such ravaged countries. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Children will have fun reciting the poems and sharing in reading the notes, jokes and two-line poems that decorate the margins. (Poetry. 6-8)"
This celebration of almost every event in a child's life is arranged by the four seasons. Read full book review >

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LUNCH BOX MAIL by Jenny Whitehead
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

Familiar childhood experiences are described in these lighthearted verses, whose subjects range from the first day of school to the 179th and from beginning kindergarten to having a bad hair day. 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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CAMP UTOPIA by Jenny Ruden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Anarchic slapstick laced with timely truths make this wry, occasionally raunchy debut a standout. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After her last-ditch effort to avoid fat camp (by going on a fad diet that promises weight loss with each act of forgiveness) fails spectacularly, Bee—angry, assertive, irreverent—faces eight weeks' forced exile among the weight-obsessed, far from TJ. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY by Jenny Han
FICTION
Released: May 5, 2009

"The wish-fulfilling title and sun-washed, catalog-beautiful teens on the cover will be enticing for girls looking for a diversion. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Han's leisurely paced, somewhat somber narrative revisits several beach-house summers in flashback through the eyes of now 15-year-old Isabel, known to all as Belly. Read full book review >

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SHADOW by Jenny Moss
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Shadow's first-person voice is formal and sometimes lofty, matching her insistent defensiveness, and her mettle is unromanticized in this understatedly meaningful almost-fairy tale. (Fantasy. YA)"
The common fantasy themes of hidden royal identity and reluctance to be a monarch are distinguished here with a grimly resolute protagonist defined by deep-rooted pragmatism and plagued by persistent doubt and desperation for freedom. 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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MIDNIGHT FOR CHARLIE BONE by Jenny Nimmo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Charlie's adventure adds up to a formulaic, thinly disguised placeholder for the next Harry Potter; a far cry from Nimmo's eerie, atmospheric Griffin's Castle (1997). (Fiction. 10-12)"
Readers may come away from this hefty series opener, about a seemingly ordinary British lad who is sent to a special boarding school after discovering that he has magical powers, with a distinct sense of déjà vu. Read full book review >

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THE CHESTNUT SOLDIER by Jenny Nimmo
ADVENTURE
Released: May 30, 1991

"Acceptable, but disappointing. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Completing the trilogy begun with The Snow Spider (1987), Nimmo again draws on Welsh legend to parallel an ancient tragedy with the trauma of a soldier who has failed to save his men from a disastrous fire in Belfast. Read full book review >

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FORTUNE FALLS by Jenny Goebel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Still, it's not the worst luck to pick this up; there are some nice moments, humor, and a satisfying ending. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Can bad luck ever be a good thing? Read full book review >