Search Results: "Jodi Lynn Anderson"


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MY DIARY FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Jodi Lynn Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An endearing narrator, a beguiling world that accommodates both mermaids and Pixy Stix, and a genuinely moving family story propel this adventure for readers who don't look too hard at the details. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
In her diary, Gracie Lockwood records her family's flight for the fabled Extraordinary World, where magic doesn't exist. Read full book review >

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THE VANISHING SEASON by Jodi Lynn Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"An intensely gripping tale with a surprise ending that's fully earned. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In this moody thriller set on an isolated Wisconsin peninsula, the tourists are gone, a serial killer's at large, and incendiary passions ignite in winter's deepening bitter cold. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"It's still mostly masterful. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Though definitely not a standalone, this decisive closer to a wonderfully droll and scary series takes young May Bird, now 13, back to the Ever After for a climactic confrontation with the nearly all-powerful Evil Bo Cleevil. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2012

"Working with the darker threads of Barrie's bittersweet classic, Anderson weaves an enchanting tale. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
It's no paradise—white-sand beaches and spectacular sunsets come with mud, mosquitoes and croc-infested swamps—but guided by fragile, insect-size faerie Tink, readers are drawn into this richly re-imagined Neverland anyway. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC by Jodi Lynn Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"Deft, succinct, and ringing with emotion without ever dipping into sentimentality, Anderson's novel is both intriguing and deeply satisfying. (Science/historical fiction. 12-adult)"
In the year 2065, 16-year-old Adri Ortiz is one of the hardworking, talented few chosen to colonize Mars. Read full book review >

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MAY BIRD AMONG THE STARS by Jodi Lynn Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"And as May Bird's closing reunion with her loving mother in the land of the living leaves the 'Ever After' still threatened, readers can look forward to at least one more return visit. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Accompanied most of the way by a ragtag band of deceased sidekicks, ten-year-old May Bird and her hairless, redoubtable feline Somber Kitty continue a trek across the "Afterlife" begun in May Bird and the Ever After (2005)—and come out the other side at last. Read full book review >

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MAY BIRD AND THE EVER AFTER by Jodi Lynn Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Rare fun. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The Wizard of Oz meets Beetlejuice in this tale of a ten-year-old loner who starts seeing ghosts, and then receives a plea for help that leads her into the Afterlife itself. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: July 19, 2011

"There are a few nuggets of helpful information here, but readers will be too busy groaning to find them. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Sounding like a corny uncle knee-slapping his way through a civics textbook, or perhaps a high-school history teacher certain that name-dropping rock bands will make him seem hip, this full-color guidebook aims for edutainment but falls far short. Read full book review >

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GLORY by Jodi Lynn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Glory's story continues in sequels to follow. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In Dogwood, West Virginia, the residents follow their own fire-and-brimstone religion, and most, including 13-year-old Glory Mason, have never even traveled beyond this isolated community set in the Appalachian Mountains. Read full book review >

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BEFORE SHE IGNITES  by Jodi Meadows
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A page-turner that promises future intrigue, special powers, and dragon adventures. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
In this series debut, a young girl uncovers information that threatens to shake the foundation of her world. Read full book review >

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THIEVES GET RICH, SAINTS GET SHOT by Jodi Compton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 26, 2011

"Addictive. Though Compton (Hailey's War, 2010, etc.) veers closer here than a good writer should to a kind of Rambo-ized chick lit, Hailey's comet continues to shine."
This time out, Hailey Cain—the woman who doesn't know fear because, well, she can't—finds herself framed and on the run. Read full book review >

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HARVESTING THE HEART by Jodi Picoult
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Some good writing, but not enough to sustain a concept-driven and rather old-fashioned story, despite its occasional contemporary gloss."
An updated formulaic second novel (after Songs of the Humpback Whale, 1992) in which the young heroine not only finds herself but along the way comes to terms with that other contemporary women's issue: motherhood. Read full book review >