Search Results: "Karen Spears Zacharias"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"An incomplete though mostly engaging portrait of the circumstances surrounding the death of a little girl."
One woman's investigation into the murder of the daughter of a former family friend. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2005

"Though the family's plight is overdetailed, the current war with Iraq gives their story particular relevance."
The daughter of a soldier killed in Vietnam graphically chronicles the permanent wounds his death inflicted on his family. Read full book review >

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SWAY by Kat Spears
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A compelling debut told with swagger and real depth. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Everybody knows Jesse, aka "Sway." For the right price or a later favor, Jesse will get you want you want, but he'll also acquire power over you. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"An inventive and intelligent, yet accessible, approach to drawing; recommended for everyone from amateurs to professionals."
Spears explores how drawing involves the neurological process of vision as much as it does the movement of the pencil in the artist's hand. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR MUMMIES by Kelly Milner Halls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Though two photos are repeated and the portrait gallery of scientists is capped with a profile of eminent specialist Dr. Karen Chin, in which she's labeled 'a girl who loves digging up dinosaur doo doo,' this is definitely a must, as useful as it is entertaining. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Despite some minor bobbles, young dinosaur fans will latch onto this heavily illustrated report like starving velociraptors at a picnic. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A superbly provocative topic drained of all its color. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Halls' alien investigation is about as exciting as your neighbor's vacation slides for the third time. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Eye candy for younger fans. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Several dozen smiling, brightly patterned dinos clomp across the spreads, with their names, sizes, naming dates and other data marching below on a running footer. Read full book review >

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BREAKAWAY by Kat Spears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A rare study of growing pains that gives equal weight to humor and hardship. (Fiction. 14 & up) "
Four best friends drift miles apart as each of them struggles to come into his own. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER by Kat Spears
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A big disappointment for fans of Spears' other work; for a stellar exploration of the rural South, read Jeff Zentner's The Serpent King (2016) instead. (Fiction. 14-18)"
One teen replaces another at the top of a small-town social pyramid. 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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BOOK REVIEW

THE ONLY SOUNDS WE MAKE by Lee Zacharias
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2014

"Zacharias shows a keen eye for detail (she's also a photographer), a strong sense of place, and an ambivalent, unsentimental examination of blood ties and family legacy."
A novelist and professor's essay collection that almost coalesces into a memoir. Read full book review >