Search Results: "Josh Farrar"


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RULES TO ROCK BY by Josh Farrar
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Still, middle-school rockers will enjoy the show. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Just as her rock band is about to make it big, Annabelle Cabrera's parents move her from Brooklyn to Providence, R.I. Finding fellow rockers is almost as hard as being away from her beloved abuela and adjusting to sixth grade in a new school, but she manages. Read full book review >

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A SONG FOR BIJOU by Josh Farrar
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A solid, timely effort. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Surviving middle school and puberty is an age-old challenge that video cameras and YouTube have only complicated, as vividly demonstrated in this enjoyable, seriocomic tale of new love, culture clash, adolescent social stratification and friendship. Read full book review >

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JOSH WHOEVER by Michael Guillebeau
Released: March 20, 2013

"First-timer Guillebeau, whose software programs reside in the International Space Station, churns out wisecracks with machine-gun rapidity. His plot may be improbable, but when the laughs come this fast and funny, who really cares?"
A con artist turns good Samaritan and pays the price. Read full book review >

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OPERATION JOSH TAYLOR by Melody Fitzpatrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Hampered by generic characterizations, this amusingly voiced but not-quite-funny comedy of errors is enjoyable but fails to dazzle. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When 13-year-old Hannah Smart's parents refuse to buy her concert tickets to see her pinup idol, superstar singer Josh Taylor, she and her genius best friend, Rachel Carter, must come up with a way to earn the money themselves. Read full book review >

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JOSH BAXTER LEVELS UP by Gavin Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Smartly paced and emotionally engaging, a book even those who have never held a controller will enjoy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A video game-obsessed middle schooler tackles his third new school in two years. Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE JOSH GIBSON by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Johnson never disappoints; in this one memory, family stories and baseball braid together a sweetly powerful and slyly subversive tale. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Peck's strong, evocative pastels with their vintage look are just right for Johnson's home run of a story. Read full book review >

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Josh Climbs the Tree of Life by Lee Vranna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"A whimsical tale with plenty of zaniness that revolves around a sentimental and philosophical core."
A debut novel follows a teenager and his curious involvement with celestial beings. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 10, 2012

"Motivational but vague collection of creative writing."
Farrar's debut collection of poems, parables and devotionals guides readers through present day Christianity, arming them with a spiritual survival kit. Read full book review >

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FALLING CARS AND JUNKYARD DOGS by Jay Farrar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"Not particularly well-written or elegant, but it provides some illumination of the creative mind of a very private artist."
A slim, sketchy, not-quite memoir that defies categorization but plainly comes from a personal place within its musician author. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR COMES ROUND by Sid Farrar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A richly illustrated view of the seasons through haiku. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
First-time author Farrar here teams up with the Caldecott Honor-winning Plume (The Bremen Town Musicians, 1980, etc.) to capture signature poetic snapshots of the four seasons. Read full book review >