Search Results: "Jordana Frankel"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WARD by Jordana Frankel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 30, 2013

"The checklist of what makes commercial teen dystopias may be complete here, but the clumsy writing and nonexistent worldbuilding prevent this subpar clone from making a splash. (Dystopian romance. 12-16)"
A society built atop a catastrophe-stricken United States of America, a feisty heroine torn between guys, an evil government—stop us if you've read this already. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ISLE by Jordana Frankel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Narrative distractions are overcome by action and character development in this duology closer. (Dystopian adventure. 12-16)"
After The Ward (2013), Ren must save her adopted sister, Aven, from Gov. Voss while keeping the newly discovered magical spring from him and his plans.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ATLAS OF LOVE by Laurie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Despite Janey's self-important mini-lectures tying her story to narrative theory, Frankel offers no more than a shallow, feel-good weepy."
Frankel explores the boundaries of family in her first novel, about three young women in Seattle who share the experience of motherhood when one becomes pregnant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"With living survivors seen through the eyes of a contemporary teen, the Holocaust is made present even through the uninspiring prose; 72 years after the liberation of the death camps, this immediacy is vital. (epilogue, author's note by Kacer) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
A 19-year-old's firsthand account of the war-crimes trial of a guard at Auschwitz/Birkenau. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year."
A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODBYE FOR NOW by Laurie Frankel
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"An excess of ethics overshadows the simple love story, but there's no denying Frankel's warmth, wit and ingenuity in this cleverly conceived charmer."
The Social Network meets One Day in an attractive love-and-loss story that applies new technology to the job of soothing broken hearts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOUR OF A KIND by Valerie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2012

"Transcends the conventions of chick lit to dramatize complex and timely issues."
Four women approaching middle age find insight and inspiration at the poker table, in Frankel's breezy latest (It's Hard Not to Hate You, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRIPPING GYPSY by Noralee Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2009

"Gypsy gets the extra bow she deserved."
A biography of a 1930-40s burlesque artist who amounted to far more than the sum of her parts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A workmanlike job, covering the main events and key players of one of the great stories in modern science. (67 photos, 9 ilustrations)"
Every schoolchild now knows that the dinosaurs were killed off by a meteor, but it took a while for scientists to accept the idea. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEIRD by Erin Frankel
by Erin Frankel, illustrated by Paula Heaphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"While the series would benefit from a boy's version, the message is still loud and clear; this should find a home in every school library. (Picture book/bibliotherapy. 6-12)"
One of a trio of books that present the topic of bullying from three perspectives: the bullied, the bystander and the bully. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAR DOGS by Rebecca Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Engaging accounts of dogs working in war zones and aiding their handlers despite the imminent dangers."
Stories of dogs and their human handlers on the front lines of war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"A thoroughly researched, clearly written account of an obsessive search through the tangled borderland of fact and fiction, legend and myth."
A gracefully presented narrative of the 1956 John Ford film The Searchers, which was based on a 1954 novel that was based on an actual Comanche kidnapping of a white girl in 1836. Read full book review >