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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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 >

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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 >

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DOUBLE ENTRY by Don Sweeney
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An involving tale with a protagonist who's both compassionate and disreputable."
A lawyer, fresh off a two-year suspension, defends a burglar who was caught at a crime scene with a corpse in Sweeney's debut thriller. Read full book review >