Search Results: "Jodi Lew-Smith"


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THE CLEVER MILL HORSE by Jodi Lew-Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"An assured, cleverly plotted piece of historical fiction with an irrepressible female protagonist."
In this delightful debut novel set in the early 19th century, a young woman fights to patent her flax-milling machine. Read full book review >

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Ripples by Jennifer Lew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2016

"An often pleasing combination of romance and suspense."
A principled young journalist in the early 1990s tackles the case of her career in Lew's debut novel. Read full book review >

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GONE WILD by Jodi Lundgren
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A breath of fresh air lifts these familiar themes. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two teens looking to get away from it all find exactly what they need in the Canadian wilderness. Read full book review >

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THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY by Jodi Kendall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A beloved classic is reworked but lacks charm and heart-tugging strings. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Pigs are happiest living on a farm. Just ask Wilbur. Read full book review >

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THE ART OF SOCIAL WAR by Jodi Wing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2008

"Wing, no stranger to clunky phrasing (Stacey and her housekeeper sit 'reasonably companionably'), nevertheless has good fun with the wackiness of Hollywood lives."
An effective, if not wholly original first novel, about the shark-infested waters of Hollywood—and that would be mostly lady sharks. Read full book review >

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CHANGE OF HEART by Jodi Picoult
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2008

"Clunky prose and long-winded dissertations on comparative religion can't impede the breathless momentum of the Demon-Drop plot."
A convicted murderer who may be a latter-day Messiah wants to donate his heart to the sister of one of his victims, in Picoult's frantic 15th (Nineteen Minutes, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE 37TH HOUR by Jodi Compton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 30, 2003

"Watch this writer. She does it all: plots intelligently, writes elegantly, and creates characters who compel attention the old-fashioned way—by making you believe in them."
A dazzling debut about a missing-persons cop whose husband goes missing. Read full book review >

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VANISHING ACTS by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"An experienced novelist takes her sweet time to rich rewards: overall, an affecting saga, nicely handled."
Well-oiled Picoult sets her latest expertly devised search-and-rescue tale in rural New Hampshire, where a kidnapping case is uncovered 28 years too late. Read full book review >

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PLAIN TRUTH by Jodi Picoult
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2000

"Despite a provocative and topical premise, and a strong opening, Picoult fails this time, her seventh, to rise above paint-by-numbers formula. (Author tour)"
An uneven reworking of tabloid headlines: a young woman is charged with infanticide, and a hard-boiled attorney agrees to defend her. With one crucial distinction: the defendant is Amish. Read full book review >

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Marcel Malone by Lew Watts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2016

"A slow, but ultimately rewarding tale of a lonely psychologist and her poetic client."
A novel examines a clinical psychologist, the healing power of verse, and a journey to self-discovery. Read full book review >

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Deadly Risks by Lew Paper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2016

"Catnip for conspiracy theorists and fans of fast-paced thrillers."
Murder by jungle lion gets this CIA-laced story off to a rousing start. Read full book review >

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THE DANCING PANCAKE by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

"Choose readers who'll enjoy, rather than envy, Bindi's parents' reunion at the end. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Eleven-year-old Bindi copes with her parents' separation and an unsettling move, supported by a gently colorful cast of characters. Read full book review >