Search Results: "Julie Halpern"


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INTO THE WILD NERD YONDER by Julie Halpern
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Readers will both identify with and like Jessie and will cheer her conversion from meek to outspoken. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old Jessie develops the self-confidence to dump her selfish friends and ventures into unfamiliar territory to find new ones in this often hilarious, quirky work of contemporary realism. Read full book review >

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DON'T STOP NOW by Julie Halpern
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 7, 2011

"There is enough weirdness in this lighthearted road trip to keep it entertaining, although there is not quite enough depth or suspense to make it rise above the average. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A road trip from Chicago to Portland, Ore., in a Chevy Eurosport with Dad's credit card for expenses makes for a mildly enjoyable summer read. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Aside from the too-anxious-to-eat valorization, fresh as a daisy and sharp as a tack. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Biting wit makes this quest for suburban normalcy in the face of depression and anxiety both laugh-out-loud funny and immensely intelligent. Read full book review >

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GET WELL SOON by Julie Halpern
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Muddled textual messages about attractiveness portray weight loss as both an unfair (and non-feminist) requirement and also an exciting accomplishment; otherwise, this is an appealingly comic cousin of Carolyn Mackler's The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (2003). (Fiction. YA)"
In funny, easygoing prose, 16-year-old Anna writes letters while spending three difficult, involuntary weeks in a mental institution. Read full book review >

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TOBY AND THE SNOWFLAKES by Julie Halpern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Although the storyline is a bit disjointed, its message should appeal to kids with both real and imaginary friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this slow, quiet story, a lonely boy discovers that friends come and go. Read full book review >

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I HAVE A PET! by Shari Halpern
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Pleasant, but lacks imagination. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-6)"
In this simple, informative book about pets, five children introduce their animals to a pet-show judge by telling him a little bit about their pets. Read full book review >

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HUSH, LITTLE BABY by Shari Halpern
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"The musical score for the melody is included. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Halpern (I Have a Pet!, 1994, etc.) adorns a lullaby favorite with her trademark cut-paper collage illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF HARD THINGS by Sue Halpern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Carefully crafted and thoughtful, if at times overbearing in telegraphing its messages."
What's more intimate and risky: genuine friendship or romantic love? asks first-novelist/nonfiction author Halpern (Four Wings and a Prayer, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR PARADE by Shari Halpern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Make space in the crowded dino section for this one. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A parade of brilliantly colored prehistoric beasts introduces little ones to the vast variety among the dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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INTRODUCING . . . SASHA ABRAMOWITZ by Sue Halpern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Difficulties of living with and accepting a sibling's disability are handled with poignancy and humor in a fast-paced, enjoyable read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In witty, conversational, first-person narrative, 11-year-old Sasha introduces her world of college life, living with her professor parents, who also serve as dorm supervisors. Read full book review >

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WRITERS ON ARTISTS by Daniel Halpern
Released: Feb. 14, 1989

A collection of 41 short essays by noted writers on (mostly) noted artists. Read full book review >

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BAD PAPER by Jake Halpern
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Halpern brings unexpected literary heft to the world of debt collection."
An investigation of the bottom-feeding underworld of debt collecting and its disreputable cast of rip-off artists. Read full book review >