Search Results: "Kate Brian"


BOOK REVIEW

SHADOWLANDS by Kate Brian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Suspend disbelief and it's a fun ride. (Horror. 11-16)"
Rory's life is turned upside down when she is attacked by a serial killer who has been posing as a math teacher at her school. Read full book review >

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MEGAN MEADE’S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS by Kate Brian
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Nonetheless, fans of books like Alex Bradley's 24 Girls in 7 Days (p. 117) will enjoy the escapism—if they can overlook the rather formulaic characterization. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old army brat Megan is sent to live with the McGowans when her parents are transferred overseas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE V CLUB by Kate Brian
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"Quick pacing, snappy dialogue, clever plotting, authentic characters, and lots of good, clean fun make this truly exceptional chick lit. (Fiction. YA)"
There's an eyebrow-raising new college-scholarship fund at Ardsmore High, and only virgins need apply. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEREAFTER by Kate Brian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Misses the mark. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Following the introduction of this place for dead people in Shadowlands (2012), the sequel focuses on Rory's growing understanding of the nature of the island community of Juniper Landing and her place in it. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF SPELLS by Kate Brian
FICTION
Released: Dec. 21, 2010

"An enjoyable stand-alone and an entertaining series supplement. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Though other girls attend Billings to prepare themselves for marriage, 16-year-old Elizabeth Williams only wants to find freedom and good books at the Connecticut boarding school in this prequel to the Private series, set in 1915. Read full book review >

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FAKE BOYFRIEND by Kate Brian
FICTION
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"A fun story of three friends trying to survive those last few tumultuous weeks of high school—what it loses because of predictability, it makes up for with its humor and its fast pace. (Fiction. YA)"
Determined to convince their friend, Isabelle, that she is better off without her two-timing boyfriend, Shawn Littig (aka Sluttig), Lane and Vivi decide to construct a MySpace page for the perfect boyfriend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY T by Kate Brian
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Designed to appeal to the younger set, yet still deliver some truths of life, the story provides entertainment for young teens and is sufficiently well written, with some suspense and comedy, to appeal to a wide range of younger readers. (Fiction. 14+)"
Carrie, a superstitious, immature 15-year old, loses the T-shirt her divorced and absent father had given her. Read full book review >

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I CAME, I DANCED, I WENT VIRAL
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: I Came, I Danced, I Went Viral
Bonus Factors: Kick-Ass Gram, Internet Fame
Relationship Status: Drinking Buddy

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz

This cover is great: it screams “prom,” but ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MARTY MCGUIRE DIGS WORMS! by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A quick, amusing read with an easily digestible environmental message; it is a perfect match for its young intended audience. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Third-grader Marty and her classmates are given a challenge by a visiting environmentalist: to develop Earth-friendly projects that she will then judge. Read full book review >

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PLAYTIME WITH MCKISSACK
by Julie Danielson

Award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack (born in middle Tennessee, I proudly add) has had a long and distinguished career in the field of children’s literature. Not one to rest on her laurels—I believe she will turn 73 this year—she’s bringing readers this month a superb new book, a volume that I’ve no doubt we’ll judge later as one of the ...


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PATRICIA C. MCKISSACK
by Jessie Grearson

Have you ever wondered who wrote “Amazing Grace” or thought about the haunting story behind the hymn “I’ll Fly Away”? Ever skipped rope to “Hot Pepper” or counted “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo”? Then Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood is for you. Award-winning author Patricia ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE MERMAIDS' LULLABY by Kate Spohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"To all this Spohn adds a judicious icing of golden glitter that, for once, is less a gimmick and more a suggestion of the sparkle of light. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Spohn's mermaid babies and their mer-parents flatter the lilt of the text, and bring an engrossing otherworldliness to each page of this lullaby. Read full book review >