Search Results: "Justin Barrett"


BOOK REVIEW

JUSTIN by L.J. Alonge
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2016

"A satisfying character study that will leave readers racing to get the simultaneously publishing second installment, Janae, starring the tough, sharpshooting girl standout on Justin's team. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Alonge inaugurates a new basketball series set in Oakland, California, with a story featuring a young man trying to figure out basketball and life. Read full book review >

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JUSTIN THYME by Panama Oxridge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"From dust jacket (which purportedly contains clues to the pseudonymous author's identity) to closing page of disguised notes, a pleaser for fans of reading that requires decoding. (map, cast list) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Hidden messages, ambiguous clues, cryptic hints and double entendres crowd chockablock into this puzzle mystery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 2012

"Take comfort, then, true believers, but take arms (verbal) all ye atheists and agnostics."
Belief in a divine power is only human, writes Oxford Centre for Anthropology and Mind senior researcher Barrett (Why Would Anyone Believe in God, 2004). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Hilarious, laugh-out-loud fun for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Justin tries to convince himself that, in spite of his well-earned nickname, he is not a worried kid anymore and that summer vacation means that there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Absolutely marvelous. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Third grader Justin Case gets this nickname thanks to his amazing ability to worry about everything. Read full book review >

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THE MISADVENTURES OF JUSTIN HEARNFELD by Dan Elish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"A light, comic take on a rite of passage."
Good-bye, Mr. Chips meets Portnoy's Complaint meets The 40-Year-Old Virgin in contemporary Manhattan. Read full book review >

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The Justin Gates Chronicles by Jud Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2014

"An entertaining, rough-and-tumble whodunit with a mix of smiles and grimaces."
In this tragicomic tale, a group of friends at a dude ranch in the high desert of California gets caught up in the sprawling web of a serial killer. Read full book review >

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HOW ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING SAVED MY LIFE by Mameve Medwed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2006

"A sitcom with heart, and a whole lot of fun."
A wimp travels the rocky road to empowerment in the Massachusetts author's fourth novel. Read full book review >

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AN EXCESSIVE ALPHABET by Judi Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Young puzzle fans will find that this teases their perceptions and taunts their imaginations. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this alphabet book, letter identification is combined with a seek-and-find game. Read full book review >

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CATS GOT TALENT by Ron Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Despite light touches, the cavalier abandonment of the cats, the satiric spoofing of the cats' ambitions and their naïve satisfaction with their 'success' create a disappointingly mean-spirited tone overall. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Three stray cats, formerly pets, try to strike it big in showbiz. Read full book review >

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THE MARSHMALLOW INCIDENT by Judi Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The overlong text never really gets past its vaguely Monty Python-esque premise, making it an insufficiently daffy, one-joke Lesson in Cooperation rather than the full-on goof-fest that made the Barretts' earlier book such a favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Timed to coincide with the release of the film of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, this unrelated tale from the Barretts is a wan fable about Getting Along, enlivened with a little pale silliness. Read full book review >