Search Results: "John J. McLaughlin"


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RUN IN THE FAM’LY by John J. McLaughlin
Released: Nov. 15, 2007

"McLaughlin delivers stirring imagery, a deeply moving look at American poverty and, most impressively of all, a realistic, relatable character in Jake Robertson."
In Oakland, a young man struggles to rise out of poverty and take care of his girlfriend and infant son, but his past seems to prevent him from moving forward. Read full book review >

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THE SOMEDAY BIRDS by Sally J. Pla
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Hopeful, authentic, and oddly endearing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
While serving as a journalist in Afghanistan, a widowed father of four is injured, leaving him hospitalized and his children without a parent. Read full book review >

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CYCLER by Lauren McLaughlin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Jill and Jack's story, touched with intrigue, humor and fascinating questions, ends with a conclusion both satisfactory and open-ended. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
Jill has truly terrible PMS: Every month, for four days, she turns into a boy. Read full book review >

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IN HER SHADOW by August McLaughlin
Released: Dec. 16, 2012

"An engaging story with an inventive structure and an intriguing focus on body-image issues."
McLaughlin's debut thriller tells a story of dark family secrets. Read full book review >

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GLAMOURPUSS by Christian McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"A light, predictable, enjoyable debut—as meaningful as an afternoon of soaps, but much more entertaining."
Your basic boy-meets-boy love story, with a daytime-drama twist. Read full book review >

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SIDEWALK SYMPHONY by Peter McLaughlin
Released: April 23, 2007

"A heartwarming novel that will resonate with readers."
On a freshly poured sidewalk in Los Angeles in 1918, 12-year-old Iris LaPelle inscribes a prayer for her father's safe return from World War I. Read full book review >

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SIDEWALK SYMPHONY by Peter McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2007

"Stalwart sermon-stories on living right, possessing along the way the delicacy of songbirds."
Like planets in orbit, five morality plays circle an emblematic sidewalk inscription. Read full book review >

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(RE)CYCLER by Lauren McLaughlin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"It won't make sense without Cycler (2008), but it's well worth the effort of reading both. (Fantasy. YA)"
Jill has more reason than most recent high-school graduates to be both thrilled and terrified to leave home: Once a month, instead of having her period, she turns into a boy. Read full book review >

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ALABASTER HOUSES by Lara McLaughlin
Released: June 10, 2011

"A tour de force that makes readers face hard truths about the effect a person's choices can have on her soul."
McLaughlin invites readers on a journey of the heart in this celebration of life, death and what it means to be human. Read full book review >

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MARRIAGE IS PURE MURDER by Staci McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"The characters are one-dimensional, the dialogue stilted, the romance bland, and the villain all too obvious. Basic and forgettable."
Nearly-married Dana Lewis digs into small-town gossip to find a killer in her sixth escapade in scenic California. Read full book review >