Search Results: "Julia Sweeney"


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IF IT'S NOT ONE THING, IT'S YOUR MOTHER by Julia Sweeney
Released: April 2, 2013

"Laugh-out-loud moments blended with honesty and despondency."
A funny look at being an adoptive parent. Read full book review >

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GOD SAID ``HA!'' by Julia Sweeney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Something seems to have been lost in the translation from stage to page. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointing version of Sweeney's well-received one-woman, autobiographical show of the same name. 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 STAR ATTRACTION by Alison Sweeney
Released: May 14, 2013

"That sense of humor that can save a person in real life makes this an extremely fun read."
A highly entertaining debut from Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and star of Days of Our Lives for 20 years. 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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AMERICAN AFTERLIFE by Kate Sweeney
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2014

"A considerate exploration of mourning, just haunting enough to attract those with a penchant for macabre oddities."
Intriguing, eccentric swatches of everyday Americans grappling with the intricacies of death. Read full book review >

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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 THE HEALER by Eamonn Sweeney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 27, 1998

"Like everything else in this book, it has an authenticity found only in the work of first-rate writers."
A grim, angry, profane, and entirely convincing debut novel about the furies at work in the Irish soul, by a young Irish journalist. Read full book review >