Search Results: "Jillian Lauren"


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EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED by Jillian Lauren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Lauren's writing is brave and honest, and she calls out hypocrisy wherever she sees it and shines a light on the challenges faced during the adoption process."
Exploring how we see identity through the process of adoption. Read full book review >

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SOME GIRLS by Jillian Lauren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 2010

"A gritty, melancholy memoir leavened by the author's amiable, engrossing narrative tenor."
The journey of a teenaged theater-school dropout enticed into traveling to Southeast Asia to be a "harem girl." Read full book review >

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THE SEPTEMBER SISTERS by Jillian Cantor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Those with a fondness for problem novels will find the interminable details more satisfying than the banal resolution. (Fiction. YA)"
Abigail and her younger sister Becky seem to live in a '50s sitcom, until Becky disappears. Read full book review >

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THE LOST LETTER by Jillian Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Cantor has done her research thoroughly to produce another captivating historical novel. Excellent writing, unusual storytelling, and sympathetic characters make a winning combination."
Moving seamlessly between Austria in 1938 and Los Angeles in 1989, this novel connects a grim history to a more hopeful present. Read full book review >

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THE FACTS OF LIFE by Jillian Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 2013

"Here, 'just enough' is not enough in either form or content. (iPad informational app. 3-6)"
"Just enough" information about the titular facts is the stated goal for this well-intentioned offering from a Canadian psychologist. Read full book review >

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Even as a teenager, Jean Cocteau tried to calm worries about his future even as he would fly off in new and illogical directions stemming from his interests of the moment. “Never fear,” he wrote to his worried mother, “there is beneath my seeming frivolity something great and profound, which I have wanted to mask.” After that letter ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SKIM by Mariko Tamaki
by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Released: March 1, 2008

"Recommend this to fans of Daniel Clowes's Ghost World, who have been waiting for another graphic novel of teen angst and suburban ennui. (Graphic novel. YA)"
A quietly moving graphic novel explores a teen girl's experience with friends, suicide, cliques and love. Read full book review >

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TORTOISE BRINGS THE MAIL by Dee Lillegard
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Lund's bold line-and-watercolor illustrations spice up the story with humor: Crow looks like a pompous orator gesturing with his wings; Penelope Porcupine's mailbox bristles with spikes; and B.A. Bunny has a carrot-shaped nameplate. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tortoise loves delivering the mail. Read full book review >

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WHY DO FAMILIES CHANGE? by Jillian Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"A useful resource for a common issue. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
A simple Q-and-A introduction to a difficult topic. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF GLASS by Jillian Cantor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Melissa's first-person narrative rings true, and although the predictable conclusion will surprise no one, the meandering, slow-paced journey is pleasantly satisfying. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
High-school freshman Melissa's beloved father has recently died of cancer, leaving her struggling to find her way without his advice and learning how to come to terms with her grief without giving up her memories of him. Read full book review >

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GOOD GIRLS GONE BAD by Jillian Medoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Another success, combining genuine psychological depth with humor and irony."
Acerbic wit and pathos distinguish Medoff's accomplished second novel (after Hunger Point, 1997). Read full book review >