Search Results: "Kathy Mackel"


BOOK REVIEW

BOOST by Kathy Mackel
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Although the author tries to muddy the waters with an undercooked subplot that involves possible past malfeasance on the part of Savvy's coach, the final revelation is heavily foreshadowed, making the most surprising thing how readily Savvy forgives. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Against the odds, 13-year-old, 6'2" Savvy, the psychologically tough heroine of Mackel's engrossing story, makes it onto a competitive basketball team for older girls. Read full book review >

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FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH by Kathy Mackel
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"Still, Nick's ability to cope with unusual (to say the very least) situations, plus plenty of nonstop action, fizzy relationships and a crowd-pleasing array of aliens will keep readers firmly hooked from start to finish. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Wiseacre Nick Thorpe saves his friends, town, planet, and universe—along with an entire alien race—in this madcap sequel to Can of Worms (1999) and Eggs in One Basket (2000). Read full book review >

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ALIEN IN A BOTTLE by Kathy Mackel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Fans of the 'Time Warp Trio' and similar silly-but-not-stupid fantasy will enjoy this romp. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Dreams and nightmares both come true in Mackel's latest sci-fi farce, as two human middle-schoolers get caught up in a feud between an alien junk dealer and a violently dissatisfied customer. Read full book review >

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MADCAT by Kathy Mackel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"A solid hit. (Fiction. 8-12)"
MadCat is really Madelyn Catherine, but a star player of Fast Pitch Softball needs a tougher name. Read full book review >

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CAN OF WORMS by Kathy Mackel
Released: April 1, 1999

"Fans of such escapades as Gene De Weese's Black Suits from Outer Space (1989), Jonathan Etra and Stephanie Spinner's Aliens For Breakfast (1988) and Mel Gilden's Pumpkins of Time (1994) will welcome this with open arms, tentacles, and pseudopods. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A misfit seventh grader's half-serious conviction that he's an alien proves well-founded in this wild, slime-and-monster-filled romp from Mackel (A Season Of Comebacks, 1997). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 21, 2012

"An entertaining story with religious overtones and a vivid sense of good and evil."
First-time author Johnson's multicolored, rhyming, free-associating story for teens centers on a loyal girl gang's encounter with an evil schoolmate. Read full book review >

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Kathy, Wait For Me! by Morelle Forster
Released: Oct. 12, 2015

"A well-crafted coming-of-age novel that skillfully chronicles the trials of a lonely orphan who joins a street gang."
Forster tells the story of a girl's tumultuous life in London in this YA debut. Read full book review >

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A PLACE FOR KATHY by Henry Denker
Released: May 1, 1997

"Sad stuff in a thin telling."
In Denker's popular novels (To Marcy, With Love, 1996, etc.), where bad things happen to good-to-saintly people, there's often a dollop of medical matter; here, in the story of a widow and mother confronting AIDS, there's a good deal of powerful information concerning the disease. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMA LOVE by Kathy Mallat
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Little chimps of the human variety will willingly crawl into a parental lap to share this visual and verbal hug. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Despite opening with a frame just the right size for a baby picture, followed by big, close-up paintings of a mother chimpanzee in the wild holding, carrying, grooming, and otherwise showing devotion to her child, this makes a less sappy variant than usual on the "how much do you love me?" genre. Read full book review >

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THE WIMP by Kathy Caple
by Kathy Caple, illustrated by Kathy Caple
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Caple (Fox and Bear, 1992, etc.) has written a ho-hum book about sticking up for yourself with boxed-in, cartoon-style illustrations to match. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Arnold the piglet is a classic wimp. Read full book review >