Search Results: "Katie Kacvinsky"


BOOK REVIEW

AWAKEN by Katie Kacvinsky
FICTION
Released: May 23, 2011

"Among the pleasures of this high-tech fairy tale are Maddie's initiative, courage and independent spirit, stoutly risking rejection in pursuit of her heart's desire. (Science fiction/romance. 12 & up)"
Can love exist in a digital age? Read full book review >

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FIRST COMES LOVE by Katie Kacvinsky
Released: May 8, 2012

"While the story is not fatally flawed, readers will be left wondering if it is truly love or a complicated game. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
An improbable romance develops between polar opposites during a long, hot Arizona summer. Read full book review >

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MIDDLE GROUND by Katie Kacvinsky
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Lyrical, provocative, passionate and thought-provoking. (Science fiction/romance. 12 & up)"
In this sequel to Awaken (2011), Maddie's rebellion against digital school and social networking run amok land her in a detention center where detainees are conditioned to fear physical contact and transformed into pliant consumers content to conduct their lives online. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER by Katie O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Combine a cuddly purple dragon, much sharing of cookies, abundant humor, and two distinct and appealing heroines, and you have a royal winner. (Graphic fantasy. 8-13)"
Someday your princess will come—and she'll be rocking a mohawk-mullet, wearing a jaunty tunic complete with epaulets and cravat, and riding a disdainful pink unicorn. Read full book review >

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OLIVE MARSHMALLOW by Katie Saunders
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Well-done new sibling books are always welcome, and this one is as cozy as being swaddled. (Picture book.2-4)"
Another new-baby story joins the cribfull of titles told from the big-sibling angle. Read full book review >

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OTTO THE BOOK BEAR by Katie Cleminson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Book creatures of all ages will love Otto and will enjoy wondering if any other of their books' characters have a secret life. A delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Otto usually lives as an illustration of a book, but when no one is looking, he comes to life. Read full book review >

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PARTY ANIMALS by Katie Davis
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Although bursting with color, but not much ingenuity, this is a useful aid for those teaching numbers and colors, and a charming work with a jolly tone that will keep small children engaged. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Here lies the key to making counting festive: tally the guests at a barnyard bash. Read full book review >

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SCARED STIFF by Katie Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Zany perspectives, asides in balloons, images bleeding out of their frames, colors electric enough to make your teeth sing—but a story line with enough holes in it to drain spaghetti. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Davis's (Who Hoots?, not reviewed, etc.) story has a bad case of the fidgets, which won't go far in curing any youngster's willies, but if nothing else, maybe the ants it drops in the pants of its readers will take their mind off their groundless fears. Read full book review >

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IVY AND THE LONELY RAINCLOUD by Katie Harnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Harnett's illustrations are colorful and charming, but because Ivy isn't an agent in her own recovery, this tale of the restorative power of friendship seems imperfectly resolved for young readers. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A rain cloud befriends a grumpy young florist by helping to reinvigorate her distressed plants. Read full book review >

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ARCHIE SNUFFLEKINS OLIVER VALENTINE CUPCAKE TIBERIUS CAT by Katie Harnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The focus on friendly camaraderie and community-building will be appreciated by many adults eager to share their values, and this quiet tale, with the children in their lives. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A stray cat finds a cozy home, brings comfort to a lonely woman, and enhances the sense of community among a group of neighbors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY by Katie O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Undeniably whimsical and extremely cute. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
In this tale based on the imaginative webcomic, a young blacksmith finds herself welcomed into a society that cares for tea-leaf-producing minidragons. Read full book review >

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THE PRETTY APP by Katie Sise
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 14, 2015

"A clichéd, unrealistic look at teen lives in the mobile age. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The classic tale of how a beauty finds inner loveliness gets a modern take. Read full book review >