Search Results: "Joyce Sweeney"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 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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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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PLAYERS by Joyce Sweeney
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Kids who have played on teams will enjoy exploring the complexities of team dynamics, and basketball enthusiasts will simply lap this one up. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Sports are a metaphor for life in Sweeney's outing (Spirit Window, 1998, etc.) where naïveté and trust meet up with unbridled ambition. Read full book review >

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THE SPIRIT WINDOW by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"A novel of fierce emotions, credibly brewed. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Lost tempers and conflicting loyalties color this bitter story of a family divided over the fate of a tract of Florida land. Read full book review >

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JAMES JOYCE by Alfonso Zapico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid account of the development of a writer not easy to encapsulate."
A graphic biography of the literary master. Read full book review >

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JAMES JOYCE by Gordon Bowker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2012

"The narrative path is sometimes obscured by a lush undergrowth of detail, but our guide is wise and the journey is wondrous."
The biographer of Orwell, Lowry and Durrell returns with a massively detailed narrative of the life of the author of Ulysses. Read full book review >

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GILDA JOYCE by Jennifer Allison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Offbeat and spine-chilling. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Irrepressible Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator, is at it again. Read full book review >