Search Results: "Justine Rendal"


BOOK REVIEW

A VERY PERSONAL COMPUTER by Justine Rendal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"The story is marred by sheaves of unanswered questions and dangling plot threads, but readers will love Conner: part homework machine, part therapist, part best friend, wholly touched by magic. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A helpful computer program gets a depressed eighth grader over a tough spot in this rough-hewn, unabashed fantasy. Read full book review >

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A CHILD OF THEIR OWN by Justine Rendal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Should come packaged with every dollhouse. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A delightfully old-fashioned story about the Darlings, a family of hand-painted porcelain dolls purchased by a Tall American Lady and shipped from a London toy shop to New York. Read full book review >

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JUSTINE by Iben Mondrup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A dark, ultimately frustrating tale of an enfant terrible wannabe."
Danish author Mondrup (Godhavn, 2014) exposes the underbelly of the contemporary Danish art scene in this novel about a young artist in crisis. Read full book review >

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JUSTINE by Alice Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"For those, only, who like their mind- and gender-teasers in —novel— form."
Scottish writer Thompson's second outing is her first here—and while some will groan at its jejune, vapid, imitative clunkiness, others will be smitten by its psycho-feminist puzzlings and probings. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO LISTENED TO SINKS by Justine Rendal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 1993

"Offbeat and rather long, this may do best as a young reader. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The premise here is childlike: lonely because Mother's preoccupied with a job she hates and the kids at school are ``mean,'' a little girl finds solace in conversations with things—a sheet that says ``Ouch!'' if she pulls too hard, toothpaste that giggles when squeezed, and especially the friendly bathroom sink. Read full book review >

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THE DANCING CAT by Justine Rendal
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

"Intriguing, especially as extended by Oberdieck's carefully detailed illustrations—a nice blend of satire and sympathy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since the ``rough little girl'' likes ``friction and fighting and fuss,'' the toy cat wearing a fierce mask looks just right for her, but she's not—she's a gentle soul who yearns to dance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUSTINE MCKEEN by Sigmund Brouwer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"While brief paperbacks for newly independent readers are too numerous to count, this one is slightly funnier and fresher than most. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Inventive and intrepid Justine McKeen, most likely a grade schooler, finds amusing ways to make classmates and community members more environmentally conscious. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REAL JUSTINE by Stephen Amidon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"While there are a few genuine surprises along the way, most of Amidon's (Security, 2009, etc.) twists are telegraphed so far in advance that it's a wonder the characters don't see them coming."
A few nights of passion ignite a man's obsession for a mysterious woman in this tale of uncertain identities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC LESSONS by Justine Larbalestier
FANTASY
Released: March 16, 2006

"Those who enjoyed the first installment will race through this second one and wait anxiously for the proposed end of the trilogy, in which one hopes for final and clearer resolutions for Reason and her friends. (Fantasy. YA)"
Sequel to Magic or Madness (2005), this second in a proposed trilogy continues the story of 15-year-old Reason, an Australian girl who has spent much of her life running away from the magic that dominates her family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"With better pairings of art and words like Jan Greenberg's Heart To Heart (2001), Charles Sullivan's Imaginary Gardens (1989) or the classic Talking to the Sun (1985) available, this is an additional item at best. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Rowden pairs 14 paintings from the National Gallery with prosaic ruminations about their colors, imagined commentary from their subjects or observations on a selected detail. Read full book review >

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MAGIC OR MADNESS by Justine Larbalestier
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"A cleverly creepy fantasy with likable, complex characters and a sinister conclusion. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
When Reason's mother goes insane, mathematically gifted Reason is taken in by her wicked grandmother, who believes herself to be a witch and eats babies in pursuit of her imaginary magic. Read full book review >