Search Results: "Joan Sweeney"


BOOK REVIEW

ME AND MY FAMILY TREE by Joan Sweeney
Released: May 1, 1999

"Cable's drawings clearly define the process of creating a family tree; she provides a blank tree so children can start on their own geneaology.(Picture book. 5-7)"
PLB 0-517-70967-8 Me And My Family Tree (32 pp.; $13.00; PLB $14.99; May; 0-517-70966-X; PLB 0-517-70967-8): For children who are naturally curious about the people who care for them (most make inquiries into family relationships at an early age), Sweeney explains, with the assistance of a young narrator, the concept of a family tree. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A LILY PAD by Joan Sweeney
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The fold-out reproduction of one of the real paintings delivers a stunning contrast to this sterile work. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sweeney's first book is about two frogs who live in Monet's lily pond. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Brief biographical information on the artist accompanies an elegant reproduction of his work, The Rehearsal on Stage, where readers are urged to hunt for alleged evidence of the kittens' joyful rampage across the artist's page. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A desperate, pregnant mother cat seeks shelter in a Parisian theater, just in time to provide a home for her kittens. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR JUNE by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"However, Sophie comes across as a compelling character, and the unsolved mysteries will probably keep readers interested all the way to the happy, if overly optimistic, end. (Fiction. YA)"
Narrator Sophie, a high-school senior, is in the third trimester of her pregnancy in this uneven story that blends magical realism and serious problems. Read full book review >

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THE STAR ATTRACTION by Alison Sweeney
Released: May 14, 2013

"That sense of humor that can save a person in real life makes this an extremely fun read."
A highly entertaining debut from Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and star of Days of Our Lives for 20 years. Read full book review >

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TAKEDOWN by Joyce Sweeney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Engaging, witty, sometimes insightful, and always full of suspense, Sweeney hits her target. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In this corker of a hostage drama laced with humor, 13-year-old Joe watches professional wrestling with his buddies when Charlie Dorn, a murderer on a rampage, bluffs his way into Joe's house. Read full book review >

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PIANO MAN by Joyce Sweeney
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Sweeney astutely conveys Deidre's self-conscious and easily aroused erotic sensibilities, while deft dialogue, willing players, and plausible events illustrate the physical and emotional dangers of acting out fantasies, however innocent. (Fiction. 12+)"
In a variegated tapestry of relationships, Deidre Holland—who at 14 has never even been alone on a date—confuses fantasy with reality when she's attracted to a 26-year-old man. Read full book review >

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DEADLY INTENT by Anna Sweeney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

"Although this debut's slow exposition, like many of its characters, could use a pick-me-up, Sweeney fits the pieces together competently and even manages a surprise or two."
Wayward guests and a dead entrepreneur plague the owners of an Irish bed-and-breakfast. Read full book review >

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IF IT'S NOT ONE THING, IT'S YOUR MOTHER by Julia Sweeney
Released: April 2, 2013

"Laugh-out-loud moments blended with honesty and despondency."
A funny look at being an adoptive parent. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN AFTERLIFE by Kate Sweeney
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2014

"A considerate exploration of mourning, just haunting enough to attract those with a penchant for macabre oddities."
Intriguing, eccentric swatches of everyday Americans grappling with the intricacies of death. Read full book review >

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THE GUARDIAN by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Suspenseful and unexpectedly tender, this short, action-packed thriller will be an easy sell to reluctant readers. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
This fast-paced family drama will appeal to fans of The Rules of Survival (2006) by Nancy Werlin and The Compound (2008) by S.A. Bodeen. Read full book review >