Search Results: "Jerry Blavat"


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YOU ONLY ROCK ONCE by Jerry Blavat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Blavat has an excellent perspective on four decades of the music industry, though his remembrances too often drift into self-hagiography."
A longtime disk jockey spins a stack of memories about rock, the mob and surviving the music business. Read full book review >

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TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Just another superb outing from a fixed star twinkling in the children's-literature firmament. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In Pinkney's sumptuous elaboration of the familiar lullaby a chipmunk's nighttime odyssey takes on the same epic scope as his Caldecott winning The Lion and the Mouse (2009). Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL by Jerry Pinkney
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The result is so affecting that some will believe they're encountering this story for the very first time. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
Pinkney's deeply moving treatment of Andersen's classic tale moves the events to an urban America of the 1920s. Read full book review >

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JAKE AND LILY by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2011

"Double the feelings, double the fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
As if growing up isn't hard enough, twins also have to face growing apart. Read full book review >

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DORY STORY by Jerry Pallotta
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"A charming fish tale about the one—the boy—that got away. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who is next in the ocean food chain? Read full book review >

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STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Once again Spinelli takes his readers on a journey where choices between the self and the group must be made, and he is wise enough to show how hard they are, even when sweet. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Newbery-winning Spinelli spins a magical and heartbreaking tale from the stuff of high school. Read full book review >

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WRINGER by Jerry Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"A story both comic and disturbing, this is lit by Palmer's growing courage and Dorothy's surprising loyalty. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The ghastliness of a local rite of passage gives this tale of a boy's inner battle between revulsion and his desire to fit in a whiff of Cormier—but with some belly laughs from Spinelli (The Library Card, p. 650, etc.) to lighten the load. Read full book review >

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AFRICAN ROOTS by Jerry Silverman
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

From a prolific folk-music editor and arranger, one in a series (``Traditional Black Music'') that explores African-American music in depth. Read full book review >

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FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Bibliographic note; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
In his first book, a professor with a specialty in California history recreates experiences like those described in The Grapes of Wrath, in a photodocumentary that follows the ``Okies'' from Oklahoma to a California so overcrowded with Dust Bowl refugees that jobs were scarce, wages meager, and the local population so horrified by the crowds of hungry, uneducated migrants that violence against them was common. Read full book review >

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FIXIN' TO DIE by Jerry Oster
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Jenny Swale is only the first), lots of good dirty fun for all."
Inoffensive convict Elvis Polk's shooting of NYPD officer Jenny Swale in the opening paragraph here (her partner Luther Todd has to wait until the next page) sets off a dizzying plot whose leading question is: Where did handcuffed Elvis get his gun if not via a police plant in Jenny's car? Read full book review >

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PAIN KILLERS by Jerry Stahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2009

"Stahl fires off great, if rude, one-liners while raising disturbing questions. But he lets the inmates hijack the narrative until the tiresome ranting on all sides upstages the case."
Manic private eye Manny Rupert (Plainclothes Naked, 2001) darts across a fetid landscape after the infamous Dr. Mengele, who may be alive and well in San Quentin. Read full book review >