Search Results: "Jessica Rae Gordon"


BOOK REVIEW

FAMILIES AROUND THE WORLD by Margriet Ruurs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Limiting African representation to one rural group (the Maasai) is an unfortunate misstep, but this quick global trip can serve as a first look at the larger world. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
This simple but inclusive informational picture book surveys many types of families. Read full book review >

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THE CROWN OF EMBERS by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Though this series entry moves somewhat slowly, newly discovered mysteries about this fantasyland's history—not to mention the torments of unresolved sexual tension—will have readers clamoring for volume three. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
Intelligent and thoughtful Elisa must negotiate diplomacy, religion and personal desire. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Despite the stale fat-to-curvy pattern, compelling world building with a Southern European, pseudo-Christian feel, reminiscent of Naomi Kritzer's Fires of the Faithful (2002), keeps this entry fresh. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Adventure drags our heroine all over the map of fantasyland while giving her the opportunity to use her smarts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS by Rae Carson
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Another indulgence in a Western narrative that undermines both history and its female protagonist instead of enlightening. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The middle volume of Carson's Gold Seer trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A smashing ending to a trilogy that began with problematic body hatred but developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
A queen can defeat the conde who stole her throne, but it means nothing if her land is destroyed by fire-throwing invaders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UNIDENTIFIED by Rae Mariz
FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Pass it along to fans of M.T. Anderson's classic Feed, Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (2009) or Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In a near future in which corporations run schools and popularity is determined by whether or not you are "branded" by an advertiser, discontented musician Katey "Kid" Dade longs for "authentic" moments not based on market research. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOG TALES by Jennifer Rae
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"There is only one punchline here, and children can probably handle the irony and camp, but will they want to? (Picture book. 5-10)"
Unreal, occasionally surreal, these deeply fractured fairy tales feature doggy characters pawing through such stories as "Jack Russell and the Beanstalk" and "Rapawnzul." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I WILL SEND RAIN by Rae Meadows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"There's a relentless quality to the novel, and it can almost seem too grim, especially at the end. But there are saving graces in the form of powerful writing and memorable characters who are hard to shake off even after you've read the last page."
Set in Dust Bowl Oklahoma in the early 1930s, this is the harrowing story of a farm family struggling to survive a seemingly endless drought and the privations it brings. Read full book review >

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WHAT GOES AROUND
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

Cover Story: Viking Cute
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Real Boy
Bonus Factor: Unexpected Friendships
Relationship Status: Maybe in a Few Years 

Cover Story: Viking Cute

A cutesy viking is kind of an oxymoron when you think about the actual history of vikings, but this one with ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"The tepid, resolution-free ending beckons potential sequels. (author's note, dramatis personae) (Historical fantasy. 12-14)"
Acclaimed for her fantasy, Carson now travels the Old West. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPIDER EATERS by Rae Yang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"This is a sad story, filled with individual tragedies, but deeply revealing in its portrait of idealistic youth lost in a convulsion almost beyond human conception. (19 b&w photos, not seen)"
Moving, poetic, and honest, this is one of the best memoirs yet published of the Cultural Revolution in China. Read full book review >

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JACQUELINE SUSANN’S SHADOW OF THE DOLLS by Rae Lawrence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Capable but unexciting rehash of classic sleaze."
They're b-a-a-a-a-c-k! Read full book review >