Search Results: "Kira Brunner"


BOOK REVIEW

KIRA-KIRA by Cynthia Kadohata
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Kira-kira' is Japanese for glittering, and Kadohata's Katie sparkles. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Katie loves and admires her older sister, Lynn, only to lose her in this story that reads like a memoir about a Japanese-American family in the 1950s. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"An illuminating collection for students of war-reporting, advocacy journalism, and international affairs."
A survey of simmering hatreds and ethnic slaughter in places like Kosovo and Rwanda, and of the failure of the so-called civilized world to contain them. Read full book review >

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FLIP THE BIRD by Kym Brunner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An engaging story of a young teen finding what's most important in his life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Mercer Buddie is a falconer-in-training wanting desperately to earn the Best Apprentice pin and prove himself to his father at the same time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISLES OF VIEW by C.F. Brunner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"A well-rendered, heartfelt love story."
A woman who marries a deaf man faces a crossroads in their relationship. Read full book review >

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WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE by Kym Brunner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 30, 2014

"Four personalities in two bodies (and plenty of sexual tension) make for a wild ride in one stolen vehicle after another, but uneven quality in the writing weakens the overall effect. (Fantasy. 13-17)"
Bonnie and Clyde have languished in Limbo for decades, but thanks to a teenage girl on probation who touches the bullets that mowed them down, they have a chance to rekindle their romance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Exemplary travel-writing marred by less-than-enthralling ventures into the self's interior."
A luminously written, thoughtful account of a solo crossing of Papua New Guinea is also an uneasy mix of exorcism and exploration as a young writer wrestles with old anxieties while facing new challenges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIVING PROOF by Kira Peikoff
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Peikoff may have serious reporting chops, but this book roils with manufactured melodrama and presents a future that comes across as anything but plausible."
Stem-cell research and big government's intrusion into everyday lives take center stage in a debut novel by journalist Peikoff. Read full book review >

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SHADOW OF THE DRAGON, BOOK 1 by Kate O’Hearn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The story comes to life whenever the girls escape, but adult characters repeatedly step in and take the initiative from them, making this an ultimately disempowering contribution to the genre. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Entering the crowded field of middle-grade high-fantasy series featuring feisty heroines and dragons, this largely predictable first novel fails to distinguish itself from the herd. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"Cleareyed and inspirational prescriptions for the chronically ill seeking love."
A Canadian life coach with chronic health issues offers personal stories and advice on handling dating and relationships in this self-help guide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WHITE MARY by Kira Salak
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"A vivid journey too often slowed by tedious flashbacks wherein Seb urges Marika to confront her post-traumatic stress. If only Marika's internal demons were as interesting as the external ones Tobo teaches her to surmount."
A battle-worn journalist penetrates the jungles of Papua New Guinea in search of her idol, a famous war correspondent long presumed dead. Read full book review >

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WHY WE LIVE WHERE WE LIVE by Kira Vermond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This unusual book offers a surprising amount of information, organized and presented in an appealing way for upper-elementary students. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Why do people choose to live where they do in our world? Read full book review >