Search Results: "Karen Leigh Hopkins"


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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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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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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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 >

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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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8 WONDER WOMAN BOOKS TO READ AFTER WATCHING THE MOVIE
by Thea James

"I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta. Your wrath upon this world is over."

This past weekend was a big deal in the world of superheroes, big blockbusters, and feminism. Wonder Woman, a major studio film starring Gal Gadot, directed by Patty Jenkins, debuted on Friday and is by all accounts set to smash box office predictions (it is ...


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A THIEF, A SPY, AND A CON—HAPPY SIGH!
by Bobbi Dumas

It’s been a long time since I binge read anyone, but The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner recently became available on audio, and I scooped it up.

I’ve heard about this series for years, from people all over, and I expected it would be good given the many accolades it’s received, but I didn’t expect it would be ...


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, Hopkins's research adds considerably to the history of modern American welfare policy. (7 b&w photos, not seen)"
A scholarly biography of one of the great American policy makers and innovators of the 20th century. 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 >

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FALLOUT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"This loosely reality-based conclusion (Hopkins's daughter is the real 'Kristina,' but her actual kids are much younger) will heartily satisfy series fans despite gratuitous emphasis on the bestseller-driven fame of the author's fictionalized alter ego. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
Crank (2004) and Glass (2007) readers will relish this look at Kristina's three oldest children, now teenagers, all conceived in the chaos of crystal-meth addiction. Read full book review >