Search Results: "Jill Newsome"


BOOK REVIEW

SHADOW by Jill Newsome
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The moody artwork beautifully conveys Rosy's loneliness, and her joy in finding Shadow, and a new friend. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Newsome's story makes painfully clear just how difficult it is to move into a new neighborhood, but children won't find ways to address that difficulty in this improbable tale. Read full book review >

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DREAM DANCER by Jill Newsome
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"A polished pas de deux from a pair of pros. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In their second collaboration, husband-and-wife team Newsome and Muñoz (Shadow, 1999) effectively encapsulate the elusive essence of dance with the joyful story of a little girl named Lily and her tiny wooden dancing doll. Read full book review >

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THE MASK OF DESTINY by Richard Newsome
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"Occasional jokey dialogue won't be enough to carry readers over a story riddled with logical gaps, extraneous characters, massive coincidences and laboriously fabricated suspense. Illustrations not seen. (Adventure. 11-14)"
A frenetic dash across Europe that leads both to hidden treasure and the resolution of a 1,600-year-old mystery brings Newsome's once-promising trilogy to a muddled, heavily contrived close. Read full book review >

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THE EMERALD CASKET by Richard Newsome
ADVENTURE
Released: May 17, 2011

"Fans of 39 Clues-style adventures will be swept along. (illustrations not seen) (Adventure. 11-14)"
They may have (apparently) lost round one in trilogy opener Billionaire's Curse (2010), but 13-year-old Gerald and his squabbling twin sidekicks Sam and Ruby aren't giving up. Read full book review >

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FUR BOYS by C.A. Newsome
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Another satisfying Lia Anderson mystery from a true talent of the genre."
Newsome (Muddy Mouth, 2016, etc.) pits Lia Anderson against a murderer in this latest installation of the Dog Park Mysteries. Read full book review >

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Muddy Mouth by C.A. Newsome
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"An entertaining and well-crafted addition to a dog-centric mystery series."
Newsome (Sneak Thief, 2015, etc.) returns to the adventures of artist and canine lover Lia Anderson. Read full book review >

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THE BILLIONAIRE’S CURSE by Richard Newsome
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Still, there's no letup in the pacing, and all the tried-and-true mystery elements add up to an Anthony Horowitz-style romp. (Adventure. 11-14)"
Gerald, a seemingly ordinary Sydney teenager, rises to the occasion when a previously unmet great-aunt in England leaves him 20 billion pounds and a note asking him to find her murderer. Read full book review >

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ALL FOR ONE by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Astutely conveying a vital life lesson with aplomb while avoiding any treacly sentimentalism, this is definitely to be shared with any child navigating the rocky waters of peer relations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Murphy's lovable little monster, Marlon (The Last Noo-Noo, 1995) returns in a heartfelt and ultimately triumphant tale about being excluded. Read full book review >

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MAD ABOUT PLAID by Jill McElmurry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2000

"The artwork is jazzy and two-dimensional, with, of course, the emphasis on color, as a book about plaid really ought to do. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Newcomer McElmurry offers a madcap romp with a plaid that spreads like the flu. Read full book review >

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BARNYARD BIG TOP by Jill Kastner
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Great fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's just another day on the farm for Ben and his pig, Clarence, until Uncle Julius arrives with his Two-Ring Extravaganza. Read full book review >

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ALL THAT GLITTERS by Jill Santopolo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Not just for lemonade-stand owners. (Fiction. 7-10)"
This amusing chapter-book series opener follows two grade school sisters as they start their own donations-powered nail salon. Read full book review >

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IMPOSTOR by Jill Hathaway
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 26, 2013

"Hits the right buttons for mystery and paranormal lovers. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
In this sequel to 2012's Slide, Vee suspects that someone is sliding into her own mind, instead of the other way around. Read full book review >