Search Results: "Kristina Springer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ESPRESSOLOGIST by Kristina Springer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Ultimately forgettable chick-lit fare. (Fiction. YA)"
Trying to save up for college, Jane had fallen into a rut serving countless cups of coffee and specialty drinks at a local coffee chain, but when she adds a twist to her talents as a barista, her life comes quickly to a rolling boil. Read full book review >

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JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS by Kristina Springer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Readers looking for a serving of small-town life with a side of royal quirkiness would do well to look elsewhere. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When an unexpected visitor threatens to take away everything Jamie has ever wanted, she has to decide how far she is willing to go to make sure that what belongs to her stays hers. Read full book review >

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MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS by Kristina Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"A subplot about a teacher's drinking feels extraneous, but it doesn't distract from this sweet story about truth and friendship. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Tori's never given much thought to boyfriends or climbing the popularity ladder until she spends the summer apart from her nouveau riche BFF, Sienna. Read full book review >

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CICI RENO by Kristina Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A surprisingly successful, suspenseful, and engrossing take on the Cyrano story with a contemporary twist. (Fiction. 11-14)"
To help her good-looking but painfully tongue-tied best friend, Aggie, land Drew, the boy of her dreams, Cici pretends to be Aggie online. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE BIZARRE BOUQUETS by Nancy Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"With precise characterization, fast pacing and keen observation, readers will be eager to learn what Enola will encounter next. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
In this third Enola Holmes mystery, the younger, teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes is determined to find the missing Dr. Watson on her own by deciphering the clues in the bizarre bouquets sent to his wife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Even though not all of the storylines are fully realized, readers of the earlier titles will be satisfied. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Rowan, daughter of the woodwife Celandine and Robin Hood, vows to avenge her mother's death by slaying the four knights who burned her cottage and her within it. Read full book review >

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ELEPHANT IN THE BATHTUB by Kristina Andres
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Just like a good bath. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young elephant is taking a bath in one of those lovely, old, claw-footed tubs that sits on a checkered tile floor—got to be Europe. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Plenty of comic twists and crude details (nose picking, drool, cat sticking out its tongue) overflow the pages, making a droll romp out of many a young boy's fantasies. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his "faithful, fearless cat, Envelope," set off for a really BIG adventure. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGONFLY'S TALE by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A fine addition to Native American folklore collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Rodanas (The Story of Wali Dad, 1988) retells an ancient Zuni tale, scrupulously noting her source as an 1884 transcription that she has ``simplified...[adding] some details of my own [in] the way of storytellers.'' The result is a blend of cautionary tale and why story: Celebrating an abundant harvest, the Ashiwi stage a mock battle—literally, a food fight- -that angers the Corn Maidens; they refuse their blessings, and famine follows. Read full book review >

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DARK LIE by Nancy Springer
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A compulsive page turner that will have readers cheering on the decidedly unglamorous heroine, this thriller gets points for making the suburban mom-type the one who saves the day."
A woman's deepest secret threatens her life—and that of the daughter she barely knows. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMEBODY by Nancy Springer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Like the classic The Face on the Milk Carton, this gripping short novel snags reluctant readers early on and keeps them emotionally invested until the final pages. (Thriller. 12-16)"
After years of strange moves and new names, 13-year-old Sherica finally Googles her real name, a name she hasn't heard since she was little, and learns she wasn't abandoned by her mom: Her dad abducted her, and they've been on the run ever since. Read full book review >