Search Results: "Jessica Warman"


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THE LAST GOOD DAY OF THE YEAR by Jessica Warman
Released: May 12, 2015

"Hauntingly written but leaves readers wondering, what now? (Mystery. 14 & up)"
Ten years after the widely publicized kidnapping of Sam's baby sister, Turtle, Sam and her family return to live in the home where the abduction took place. Read full book review >

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WHERE THE TRUTH LIES by Jessica Warman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A page-turner to the bittersweet ending. (Fiction. YA)"
In this dramatic, unpredictable, romance-gone-awry companion novel to Breathless (2009), Warman only improves as she revisits the boarding-school scene. Read full book review >

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BREATHLESS by Jessica Warman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Readers who dive in will surface with more awareness of the devastating effects of mental illness. (Fiction. YA)"
Katie Kitrell, ambivalent toward her ever-absent psychiatrist father and alcoholic, artist mother, has a fierce bond with her older brother, Will, even after a drug-induced schizophrenia takes over his personality. Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL LIES by Jessica Warman
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"It's the twins' culturally barren, dreary yet violent world—a realm of broken dreams—that resonates most in this haunting, moody, character-driven thriller. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)"
Alice and Rachel are even closer than most identical twins, having shared a single amniotic sac in utero and a psychic bond ever since. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN by Jessica Warman
FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"A rich and compelling character study wrapped around a mystery. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Drowned on her 18th birthday, a rich, popular girl struggles to discover what happened and learns some unpleasant truths. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD BENEATH by Janice Warman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2016

"A good complement to nonfiction about apartheid South Africa, a little-explored place and period in children's literature. (glossary, author's note, letter from Amnesty International) (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Warman turns her journalistic talents to historical fiction in her debut novel about the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and how it shapes a young boy's life. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NAPTIME WITH THEO AND BEAU by Jessica Shyba
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Though the book is likely to be a flash in the marketing pan, it's an attractive one. (Picture book. 1-7)"
Beau is a towheaded toddler who naps every day with his puppy, an attractive German shepherd-Shar-Pei mix. Read full book review >

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WEIRD AND WILD ANIMAL FACTS by Jessica Loy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"An entertaining beginning photo essay that appeals to children's insatiable curiosity about the natural world. (introduction, fun facts, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Fourteen (mostly) common animals are investigated to showcase their unusual talents. Read full book review >

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THE STRONGEST BOY IN THE WORLD by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Modern boys who dream of athletic prowess should find this appealing. (author's note) (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
In this retelling of a Japanese tale, a scrawny country boy named Kaito heads to Kyoto to enter a wrestling tournament. Read full book review >

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SHARK DETECTIVE! by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Many readers will demand further adventures—or imagine them for themselves. The last page will get them started. Spoiler alert: the cat's name is Watson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The moral of this story is: dreams can come true. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA by Jessica Shepherd
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"Though it lacks the artistry of Mem Fox and Julie Viva's Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge (1989), it has a useful charm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A little boy adjusts to changes as his beloved grandmother ages and becomes infirm. Read full book review >