Search Results: "Julia Karr"


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XVI by Julia Karr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 6, 2011

"Otherwise, a fun little thriller for the abstinence romantics. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
In Nina's world, children have GPS trackers until they turn 18, and surveillance satellites monitor for subversive talk. Read full book review >

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JULIA GLASS
by Kerri Arsenault

Julia Glass, author of A House Among the Trees, speaks to me wearing sweaty badminton clothes. Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she lives, operates one of the few remaining private badminton clubs—Gut‘n Feathers—in the United States. “If I have a routine, it’s not writing; it’s playing badminton as often as I can,” she says. Her love of the sport mirrors the ...


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HOT NEW RELEASES
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

This week I’m wishing desperately to be at BEA, but since I can’t manage that, I’m immersing myself in some great reads. You too?

Over the past month, I was lucky enough to get my hands (and ears) on a few new releases from some favorite authors.

If you’ve had the chance to read any of these, I’d ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE CAVE by Kathleen Karr
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Fine period detail and masterful writing grace Karr's (Gideon and the Mummy Professor, 1993, etc.) story of quiet courage during hard times. (Fiction. 10+)"
Three years into a drought in Depression-era South Dakota, while Christine's father is preparing to leave his farm and take his family to California, Christine and her little brother Michael are hiding an amazing secret—a cave they found in the nearby hills, filled with wonders beyond imagining. Read full book review >

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LIT by Mary Karr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"Will ring as true in American-lit classrooms as in church support groups—an absolute gem that secures Karr's place as one of the best memoirists of her generation."
Acclaimed poet and bestselling memoirist Karr (English Literature/Syracuse Univ.; Sinners Welcome: Poems, 2006, etc.) deftly covers a vast stretch of her life—age 17 to her present 50. Read full book review >

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EXILED by Kathleen Karr
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"A gem. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In the tradition of Robert Lawson, a fascinating (if short-lived) chapter of US military history is brought to life by a most unusual narrator. Read full book review >

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GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SET ME FREE by Kathleen Karr
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"A splendid historical note details the actual events and individuals that inspired the novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Based on historical events that would seem incredible if fictitious, this fast-paced outing places itself in a Massachusetts women's prison in 1914. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"A happy, rip-roaring adventure, capped by a whirlwind of marriages, family reunions, and wishes fulfilled. (Fiction. 11-14)"

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FIVE LITTLE PUPPIES JUMPING ON THE BED by Lily Karr
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"With its rushed conclusion, there's not enough bounce to lift this rhyme out of the ordinary. (Board book. 1-3)"
Monkeys shouldn't get all the fun, should they? Read full book review >

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MAMA WENT TO JAIL FOR THE VOTE by Kathleen Karr
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"It's an effort full of good intentions—but good intentions without spark remain simply intentions, not achievement. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Susan Elizabeth chronicles the final years of the women's suffrage movement with all the earnestness of the indoctrinated. Read full book review >

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IN THE KAISER'S CLUTCH by Kathleen Karr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 25, 1995

"The plot is stuffed with cornball jokes, wooden dialogue, and clichÇd happy family scenes; the German characters are reduced to thick-accented, shifty-eyed, bravado-spouting villains, and the novel ultimately becomes as jingoistic as the fictional serial at its core. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Karr (The Cave, 1994, etc.) chooses the silent film studios during WW I as a backdrop for twin adolescent film stars Fitzhugh and Nelly Dalton's discovery of a ring of German sympathizers. Read full book review >