Search Results: "Jo Knowles"


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READ BETWEEN THE LINES by Jo Knowles
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 10, 2015

"A fascinating study of misperceptions, consequences and the teen condition. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Over the span of one day, Knowles' novel offers glimpses into the intertwined lives of nine teens and one high school teacher. Read full book review >

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LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN by Jo Knowles
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Readers will be behind Josh all the way. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In this delightful and moving follow-up to Jumping Off Swings (2009), 17-year-old Josh moves away from his hometown and in with his ever-sanguine uncle to avoid confronting a crisis of his own making. Read full book review >

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LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL by Jo Knowles
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A razor-sharp examination of friendship, abuse and secrets. (Fiction. YA)"
Spare and evocative prose weaves the story of Leah and Lainey's turbulent and abusive friendship. Read full book review >

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STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS by Jo Knowles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A poignant window and mirror into the lives of families affected by a health disorder. (Fiction. 11-14)"
For eighth-grader Noah, juggling school, friends, and hormones would be simple enough. Unfortunately, there is also the Thing We Don't Talk About, which looms over his family life. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2012

"Prescient writing, fully developed characters and completely, tragically believable situations elevate this sad, gripping tale to a must-read level. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
Sit back in a comfortable chair, bring on the Kleenex and cry your heart out. Read full book review >

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PEARL by Jo Knowles
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 19, 2011

"Knowles' fine ear for dialogue and her sensitive, nuanced portrayal of ordinary people's mishandling of complex situations allow her to play with soap-opera conventions without being crushed under their clichéd weight. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A touching family melodrama about the corrosive nature of secrets and the cleansing power of honesty. Read full book review >

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JUMPING OFF SWINGS by Jo Knowles
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"While the story never completely succeeds in shedding its problem-novel tone, it is nonetheless finely executed—a moving tale with a realistically unresolved ending. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A heartbreakingly honest, measured work of fiction about a teen's unintended pregnancy is narrated in four voices in this latest from Knowles (Lessons from a Dead Girl, 2007). Read full book review >

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Just Go Sell! by Colin Knowles
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 4, 2015

"Smart, on target, and born of experience, this strong volume should be highly instructive for the novice and reassuring to the accomplished salesperson.
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A debut book characterizes the art of selling as building relationships. Read full book review >

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ROCKS BEAT PAPER by Mike Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"Knowles builds for impact and speed. Even the ruthless hero's matter-of-fact reflections on his felonious craft ('The games we play are never fair and they never end clean. They just end') achieve a truly baleful economy."
The fifth recorded caper for the thief who, imitating Richard Stark's Parker, is known only as Wilson dangles a fortune in jewels in front of him and an ill-fated crew. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS OF THE CAMERA OBSCURA by David Knowles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 1994

"An intriguing first effort, working some thoughtful changes on the idea of vision and the theme of betrayal, marred by a simplistic and predictable trick ending right out of an old Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode."
Chronicle kicks off a new series of novellas in hardcover (see also Les Galloway's The Forty Fathom Bank, above) with a work highly reminiscent of Umberto Eco (among others) in its combination of historical research and contemporary suspense. Read full book review >

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THE THIRD EYE by David Knowles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Diverse stages of mental distress, described from within this unsavory character, are handled with artful reserve, but the existential mystery of Maya remains just that, with the explanations about her sounding, to echo Henry's words, like 'a big pile of psychic crap.'"
Further refining his distinctive approach to seductive storytelling, Knowles (the novella The Secrets of the Camera Obscura, 1994) digs deep into the head of a Peeping Tom, who finds his peeping perturbed and reason rattled by a woman who seems to know him better than he knows himself. Read full book review >