Search Results: "Jon M. Sweeney"


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NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2012

"A confused and disappointing ramble through 13th-century papacy."
Ruminations on the career of a most inept and unlikely pope. Read full book review >

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LEWIS AND PAPA by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"The text is long for a picture book, and becomes sentimental; more gratifying are the historical details—map of the trail, notes, glossary, and an explanation of how the railroad running between Missouri to Santa Fe, completed in 1880, ended this mode of commerce. (Picture book. 7-10)"
One snowy night, when a 19th-century traveler visits with the family who lives in a stone house on the Wisconsin River, he inspires them to make their fortune by bringing trade goods down the Santa Fe Trail. 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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THE TIGER ORCHARD by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1993

"A study in paternal love and good intentions gone awry, in a story of YA angst transcended. (Fiction. 12+)"
Zachary believes his father has been dead since he was five; like younger brother Joshua, he recognizes that his mother has done an admirable job of raising them. Read full book review >

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GOD SAID ``HA!'' by Julia Sweeney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Something seems to have been lost in the translation from stage to page. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointing version of Sweeney's well-received one-woman, autobiographical show of the same name. Read full book review >

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AMONG OTHER THINGS, I’VE TAKEN UP SMOKING by Aoibheann Sweeney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2007

"A lyrical debut novel of isolation and communion."
A young woman moves from a small island off the coast of Maine to a larger island—Manhattan—where she learns both to adjust to a new life and to negotiate the shoals of her past. Read full book review >

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SCARED SCRIPTLESS by Alison Sweeney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"With a lovable heroine and industry gossip, Sweeney's latest goes behind the scenes and straight to the heart."
A unique take on workplace romance from the actress-turned-author (The Star Attraction, 2013) whose TV credits include The Biggest Loser and Days of Our Lives. Read full book review >

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NORTH KOREA UNDERCOVER by John Sweeney
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 2015

"In a carefully footnoted and documented work, Sweeney has done his homework, though the snide tone grates."
The mocking account of an English investigative journalist's undercover visit to North Korea underscores the fact that the dire state is no laughing matter. 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 >

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HEADLOCK by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"However, the straightforward plot combines with genuine emotional baggage—abandonment, alcoholism, first love and the cost of guilt and familial love—and a happy ending for a surprisingly satisfying read. (Fiction. YA)"
A would-be WWE wrestler finds that having the moves may not be enough. Read full book review >

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FREE FALL by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"More confessional fiction than a survival story, this is likely to disappoint readers expecting another riveter like Sweeney's Shadow (1994). (Fiction. 12+)"
Four teenagers lost in a Florida cave for 24 hours spill their souls in this wordy, unevenly paced adventure. Read full book review >