Search Results: "Jr. Stahler"


BOOK REVIEW

A GATHERING OF SHADES by Jr. Stahler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 10, 2005

"Unlike most dark fantasy tales, this gathering serves up few thrills and even fewer chills, but will still keep teens reading right up to the very end. (Fiction. YA)"
The prologue sets the scene: An old woman sitting in an orchard at dusk chats with a group of spirits she summoned by mixing her own blood with spring water. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"The success of this offering, however, does not merit the purchase of the previous two books. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
Visions and his fear of Mixel Corporation drive the formerly blind Jacob from his new home, in this conclusion to the Truesight Trilogy. Read full book review >

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DOPPELGANGER by Jr. Stahler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"An interesting read that deals with growing pains, peer pressure and making decisions that might be unpopular, but are undoubtedly right. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
What teenage boy doesn't feel uncomfortable in his own skin? Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"These newer mysteries compel; perhaps the trilogy's conclusion will continue along this route. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Newly sighted Jacob discovers the world of Seers in this sequel to Truesight (2004). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPINNING OUT by David Stahler Jr.
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2011

"The end may or may not be a surprise to readers, but ultimately this story of a high-school friend trying to save his buddy will be tough to find an audience for. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Stocky stoner prankster Frenchy and his wealthy hippie friend Stewart usually prefer to bide their time smoking weed and plotting tricks to unleash on their unsuspecting school, but when Stewart hears that the drama department is putting on The Man of La Mancha, he eagerly convinces Frenchy to audition with him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUESIGHT by David Stahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An interesting concept marred by poor execution of the all-blind society and a too-evil villain. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The conflict between individual and society takes place in a poorly constructed dystopia. Read full book review >

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BROWN SUGAR BABIES by Jr. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"No candy is sweeter than these scrumptious babies in all of their delicious colors. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Poet-photographer, Smith (Tall Tales, p. 124) offers a delectable assortment of chubby-fisted, cherub-cheeked, African-American babies. Read full book review >

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WINNING WORDS by Jr. Smith
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"The immediacy of the storytelling and the lively format will attract young sports buffs looking for something different. (author's note) (Short stories. 9 & up)"
Six sports stories center on inspirational quotations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A final full page of author acknowledgments and thanks would have been better utilized with basic information about the choir and its significant location. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Thirteen poems about vocal music focus on the world renowned Boys Choir of Harlem, with photographs of choir members by Smith (Loki and Alex: The Adventures of a Dog and His Best Friend, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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CODE OF CONDUCT by Jr. Alvarez
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Lifeless prose in a memoir that also lacks the excitement, drive, and focus of self-discovery. (Photographs—not seen.)"
What it was like to return to civilian life after eight and a half years as a POW, told blandly by Alvarez (Chained Eagle, YA, 1989—not reviewed), with help from Schreiner (A Place Called Princeton, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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RIMSHOTS by Jr. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Smith closes with another tribute, to the African-American athletes, musicians, and artists who have meant the most to him. (Poetry. 8-11)"
Mixing poetry, memoir, short fiction, and photography, Smith pays a fast-break tribute to the pleasures and pains of b-ball, from being benched (" ‘Please Put Me In, Coach!!' "); to playing "Hot Like Fire," on the way to scoring 65 points; remembering "the time when my dad could no longer play one on one; or how a new kid, "Meek," proved himself on the court, once he was given a chance. Read full book review >

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COUNTING IS FOR THE BIRDS by Jr. Mazzola
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"High- resolution digital illustrations painted onscreen using a personal computer are detailed with the precision of a photograph, appropriate for identification but lacking a heartbeat. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An effective beginning backyard-bird book is muddied with the addition of poetry and counting to its equation. Read full book review >