Search Results: "Kathe Koja"


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HEADLONG by Kathe Koja
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Despite its flaws, however, the book is mostly a pleasure, and Koja remains an author to watch. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Lily Noble, a sophomore at Vaughn, an upscale private boarding school, is secure in her sheltered, advantaged life until a scholarship student, Hazel Tobias, arrives. Read full book review >

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BUDDAH BOY by Kathe Koja
FICTION
Released: March 4, 2003

"Jerry Spinelli she is not (or not yet), but fans of Crash (1996), Loser (2002), and the like will enjoy the familiar scenery. (Fiction. 12+)"
Koja (Straydog, 2002) gives the tried and true "oddball new student vs. the bullies" theme a well-oiled workout. Read full book review >

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EXTREMITIES by Kathe Koja
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 1998

"Otherwise, what we have here is a grab-bag of shock effects and ooze, boosted into a semblance of distinction by one who knows disturbingly well the power of words."
In another victory of style over substance, Koja (Kink, 1996, etc.) offers up more of her creepy-crawly worldview, this time in short takes in a first collection of 16 stories (15 previously published). Read full book review >

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SKIN by Kathe Koja
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Beyond the styptic pencil and safety blades."

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KISSING THE BEE by Kathe Koja
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Instead of a gripping, emotional story portraying maturation and change, the author's terse work feels more like an unrefined sketch. (Fiction. YA)"
A slow, choppy start leads to a predictable conclusion in this teen-angst-drenched quasi-romance. Read full book review >

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TALK by Kathe Koja
FICTION
Released: March 10, 2005

"What Koja, who deftly handles several points of view and neatly juxtaposes scenes from the play with the narrative, does well is to let the reader clearly see her characters' imperfections, while never losing sight of their essential humanity. (Fiction. 12+)"
Although Kit, who surprises everyone by getting the lead in the school play, Talk, has never been on stage before, he knows deep in his gut that he can act. Read full book review >

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KINK by Kathe Koja
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 1996

"There's immense power here in the style and titillating subject matter but also a chilling sense that one is being manipulated, all the right buttons being pushed, from the first page down to the sap-happy ending."
Her prose style like a buzz saw shearing through layers of consciousness, Koja (Strange Angels, 1994, etc.) continues her rampage through the land of eros, again framing her penchant for trios and S&M in a bleak but ever-so-trendy downtown art scene. Read full book review >

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GOING UNDER by Kathe Koja
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"Like many Greek myths, Koja's narrative is laced with foreboding, but an uncertain ending leaves readers to decipher the story's messages about family, intense love and betrayal. (Fiction. YA)"
This distinctively ambiguous story features Hilly and Ivan, two intelligent, home-schooled siblings, and tells how their relationship is forever changed as Hilly copes with a tragedy shortly after making the decision to work on a literary magazine at a public school. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE MIRROR by Kathe Koja
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 5, 2004

"A richly embroidered tale of abuse and control highlighted with shiny threads of magic and redemption. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Maggy escapes daily to the Blue Mirror, a downtown coffee shop, and her journal of artwork that shares the name. Read full book review >

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STRAYDOG by Kathe Koja
ANIMALS
Released: April 12, 2002

"Still, fans of tales about teen writers, or stories with animal themes, will pant after this. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A horror novelist for adults (Extremities, 1998, etc.) tries a different tack with this whiny but intense girl-meets-dog (and boy) story. Read full book review >

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STRANGE ANGELS by Kathe Koja
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1994

"Strange, indeed."
A gratuitously bizarre, reader-unfriendly tome by the author of Skin (1993); you can almost see through it, despite the murky prose. Read full book review >

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GUSTAV KLIMT by Stephan Koja
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"That he lived with his mother and two sisters, had love affairs with his portrait subjects, wore a long, flowing smock which smelled, owing to its never being washed, and had a huge appetite are details that do not enhance the experience of viewing his magnificent paintings. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Beautiful reproductions of the Viennese painter Gustav Klimt's work can't make up for the dry and sometimes nonsensical cataloguing of facts about Klimt and the fin de siècle art scene in Vienna. Read full book review >