Search Results: "Laura Pedersen"


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HEART’S DESIRE by Laura Pedersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2005

"The charm and quirkiness of its predecessor are spread far too thin in this superficial follow-up."
Soapy sequel to Beginner's Luck (2003) brings back 17-year-old Hallie Palmer, home for the summer and trying to lose her virginity. Read full book review >

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BEST BET by Laura Pedersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2009

"A sure bet."
A delightful fourth and final book about the rich, quirky life of 21-year-old college student Hallie Palmer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2012

"Meandering entertainment."
A fun and quirky but sometimes chaotic travelogue that reveals the many conflicts and contradictions underlying life in modern India. Read full book review >

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BEGINNER’S LUCK by Laura Pedersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Funny, sweet-natured and well-crafted, but perhaps suited best to a YA audience."
Whimsical characters and charm make for an amiable diversion. Read full book review >

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THE BIG SHUFFLE by Laura Pedersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2006

"Pedersen is not at her best in this dull chronicle of family life."
Third installment in the Hallie Palmer series (Heart's Desire, 2005, etc.) offers more somber subject matter: the death of a parent. Read full book review >

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WANDA'S BETTER WAY by Laura Pedersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Bright encouragement for young scientists and makers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child discovers that she has a special gift for spotting and solving engineering problems. Read full book review >

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UNPLUGGED by Laura Pedersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"A timely premise, but young readers who think that Ella's strategy will work for them are in for an unpleasant surprise. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a flavorless alternative to Matthew Cordell's Hello! Hello! (2012), young Ella concocts a scheme to wean her distracted family from their digital devices. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1991

"A savvy insider's vastly entertaining line on aspects of the money game."
The sassy memoirs of a still young woman who had a short and bittersweet but financially rewarding career as an index options trader at the American Stock Exchange. Read full book review >

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MILLIE WANTS TO PLAY! by Janet Pedersen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Toddlers will be glad to play along. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Millie the calf wants to play, but it's very early in the morning. Read full book review >

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MILLIE IN THE MEADOW by Janet Pedersen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Picture perfect. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Millie, a cheerful cow, spots an artist setting up his tools in her field. Read full book review >

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HOUDINI by Janet Pedersen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Emotionally and artistically, it's Houdini's perspective, with his earnest exuberance, that steals the show. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Houdini the caterpillar is destined for greatness. Read full book review >

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PINO AND THE SIGNORA’S PASTA by Janet Pedersen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The Rome setting won't matter to kids because they'll focus on Pino's escapades, which are the spice in the sauce here. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pedersen dishes up a tale about the homeless cats in Rome, the Signora who feeds them pasta and one grande gatto who wants a special meal that will make him purr like music. Read full book review >