Search Results: "Karen Ann Hopkins"


BOOK REVIEW

Lamb to the Slaughter by Karen Ann Hopkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 14, 2014

"A well-crafted tale of murder begotten by the collision of two incompatible worlds.
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A murder mystery that exposes the secretive world of an Amish community. Read full book review >

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EMBERS by Karen Ann Hopkins
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A paranormal YA tale that's highly recommended for fans of the Twilight series; move over, Bella and Edward, there's a new set of kids on the block."
An impending apocalypse provides a compelling backdrop for romance in this page-turning first installment of a new YA series. Read full book review >

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BELONGING by Karen Ann Hopkins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"Routine stuff but for the intriguing setting. (Romance. 12 & up)"
This second installment in the Temptations trilogy deals with a girl who joins the Amish to be with the boy she loves. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Like Eloise Greenfield's similarly themed In the Land of Words (2003), this will draw plenty of readers and listeners with its bright colors, and bright words. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Fifteen poets, from Emily Dickinson to Karla Kuskin, celebrate the pleasures of communicating, while Barbour underscores those pleasures with dazzling, sometimes kaleidoscopic scenes of open books and stylized, often unusually colored human or animal figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LABRACADABRA by Jessie Nelson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"And they will definitely find themselves wishing for a Labracadabra of their very own. (Fiction. 6-9)"
This early chapter book is a beaut of brevity and pacing. Read full book review >

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KAREN ENGLISH
by Megan Labrise

The inspiration for Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Karen English’s latest middle grade novel all comes down to one unforgettable quote.

“We had a housekeeper,” says English, who was born in 1954 and grew up in Los Angeles, “and she pulled me aside one day, when I was about nine, and told me that, if I ever went ...


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LET'S NOT DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Show and Tell and Tell and Tell
Bonus Factors: Time Travel, The Future
Relationship Status: Hot and (Mostly) Cold

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future

I don’t even know ...


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HERE A TROPE, THERE A TROPE
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

BFF Charm: Maybe

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: The Queen of Dark and Stormy Secrets

Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude

Anti-Bonus Factor: Dark Secret

Relationship Status: One Date Wonder

 

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

The cover is a nice callback to ...


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INTERCONTINENTAL LOVE SONG
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

BFF Charm: Heck Yes!

Swoonworthy Scale: 8

Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Twist

Bonus Factors: Grunge, Ireland

Relationship Status: First Love

 

Cover Story:  Montell Jordan

This is a pretty clever cover—a denim patch in the shape of Ireland is safety pinned to a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SMOKE by Ellen Hopkins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A strong, painful and tender piece about wresting hope from the depths of despair. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 13-17)"
Two sisters wrestle with guilt and fear after one kills the father who battered them. Read full book review >

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PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This page-turner pulls no emotional punches; readers should find Impulse (2007) first, because this is a sequel at heart, and knowing the prior work in advance adds crucial layers of meaning. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
While not razor-edged like her previous work, Hopkins' portrait of four 12th-graders who are expected to be perfect will nonetheless keep teens up all night reading. Read full book review >

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GLASS by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Hypnotically sad, with a realistic lack of closure. (Fiction. YA)"
Kristina continues to dance with the monster of crystal methamphetamine, her fragmented emotions and cloudy denial displayed keenly by Hopkins's shards of free verse. Read full book review >