Search Results: "Kevin Brockmeier"


BOOK REVIEW

KEVIN by Paul Kupperberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"A bubble-gum problem novel for gay preteens which may be innovation enough to warrant purchase. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Though he's president of his class now, Riverdale High's Kevin Keller was a middle school mess. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH ABOUT CELIA by Kevin Brockmeier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2003

"Beautifully composed vignettes about loss and mortality by an emerging author devoted to his craft."
A slender, shimmering first novel in stories totters precariously between fact and fiction in the voice of a grieving father who tries to make sense of his young daughter's disappearance. Read full book review >

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A FEW SECONDS OF RADIANT FILMSTRIP by Kevin Brockmeier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Often charming, occasionally moving, but mainly a book about not much that hasn't happened to pretty much everyone and which pretty much everyone has survived."
A portrait of the author as a seventh-grader who's a little more sensitive but otherwise not much different than most. Read full book review >

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THINGS THAT FALL FROM THE SKY by Kevin Brockmeier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 26, 2002

"A promising first collection, showcasing a new writer's significant powers of invention—though he seems merely to be tuning his instrument for future work."
The sky is falling, the world is ending, and Rumpelstiltskin is going to pieces in this intriguing but unfulfilling debut collection. Read full book review >

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THE ILLUMINATION by Kevin Brockmeier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"More illumination than revelation."
A soft-hearted spiritual parable that aims for beguiling but succumbs to cloying. Read full book review >

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THE VIEW FROM THE SEVENTH LAYER by Kevin Brockmeier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2008

"Gossamer inventiveness: the work of a consummate stylist whose chosen limits are the source of his quirky fiction's truest strengths."
A collection of 13 dreamy, fantasy-inflected stories from the Arkansas author (The Brief History of the Dead, 2006, etc). Read full book review >

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GROOVES by Kevin Brockmeier
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Despite a thicket of unresolved plotlines, this sophomore outing has enough internal logic (of a daft sort) to hold together, and fans of such wacky fantasies as Kathy Mackel's will be delighted. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The author of the oddball City of Names (2002) comes up with an even loonier premise: a small-town seventh-grader discovering a cry for help embedded in his jeans. Read full book review >

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THE BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEAD by Kevin Brockmeier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2006

"After a charming first chapter that imagines highly individual 'crossings' to the other side, a novelistic virus called 'The Flicks' debilitates the rest."
What if those enjoying the afterlife require for their continuing existence being remembered by Earthlings? Read full book review >

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CITY OF NAMES by Kevin Brockmeier
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The result is a giddy but enjoyable ride with a whiff of mystery (as well as sulfur) that may leave readers regarding their own supposedly ordinary neighborhoods with new eyes. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A fifth-grader discovers that there's far more to his small town than meets the eye in this offbeat children's debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"If shared one on one as a jumping-off point for discussion, some Asperger children may find this effort amusing, but it's a poor choice otherwise. (foreword) (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this Australian import, Kevin, a grade schooler with Asperger Syndrome takes the world too literally, a problem depicted in brief language and simple illustrations. Read full book review >

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A PUPPY FOR KEVIN by Liesbet Slegers
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"A sweetly positive new-pet primer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Aimed at very young readers, a book that's all about caring for a new best friend. Read full book review >

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KEVIN KEEPS UP by Ann Whitehead Nagda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"With a winning protagonist and an enjoyable cast of characters, Kevin's story makes for a fresh and entertaining chapter book likely to please transitioning readers and give children with ADHD a character to whom they can easily relate. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A boy who just can't stay on track finds himself facing his biggest challenge ever. Read full book review >