Search Results: "Laura Toffler-Corrie"


BOOK REVIEW

MY TOTALLY AWKWARD SUPERNATURAL CRUSH by Laura Toffler-Corrie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Though the premise is romance and the exclamation-mark-laden prose is touched by horror tropes, frothy comedy is the name of the game. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Celestial monkeyshines and mortifying teen hookups take center stage, with any epic good-vs.-evil battles merely MacGuffins. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Italian deli (because it's crusty)') with value and sweetness. (Fiction. 10-13)"
An eighth grader's voice progresses from forced to funny in this medley of Judaisms. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"Worst-case scenarios that afford fans of the doomsday genre a multiple choice of bang-or-whimper endings for a weary world."
An appraisal of armed conflict that will strike most readers as a typically slick Alvin Toffler production—despite the byline given to wife Heidi and the bulletin that Alvin wrote Future Shock, The Third Wave, and other bestsellers with her help. Read full book review >

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THE TAKEDOWN by Corrie Wang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thought-provoking, entertaining read, Wang's debut illustrates a future that is easily conceivable. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A fresh take on a tired high school trope. Read full book review >

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LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


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2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FANS (PART 1)
by John DeNardo

The holidays are approaching, which means it's time for family & friends, egg nog, and the annual panic of deciding what gifts to buy. But fear not! I'm here to offer up a tempting selection of gift ideas for the science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans on your gift list. 

For fans who are avid fiction readers ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SEARCH AND SPOT by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"With only the barest suggestion of a narrative—exploring implied settings from morning to night—and no compelling character to relate to, it is likely that this book will compel children who are not serious puzzle aficionados to search for something else. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Creator of the Follow the Line series, Ljungkvist here trains her digital tool kit on the seek-and-find format. Read full book review >

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RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) VERY BUSY DAY by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Readers of all ages will easily identify with Ruthie's trying day. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A child's big plans for a perfect Saturday are altered by a combination of unforeseeable occurrences. Read full book review >

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FOLLOW THE LINE AROUND THE WORLD by Laura Ljungkvist
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Like its predecessors, this offers at once a challenging exercise for budding artists and a satisfying journey for armchair travelers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a natural follow-up to Follow the Line (2006) and Follow the Line Through the House (2007), Ljungkvist runs a new continuous black line from the front cover through each continent, back to New York City, into space for a gander at the universe, then onto the rear cover to spell out a cheery "Hej då" ("bye-bye" in Swedish). Read full book review >

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FOLLOW THE LINE THROUGH THE HOUSE by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Similar in appeal but much simpler in style than Walter Wick's I Spy series and its ilk, this doesn't exactly signal a creative leap for the artist, but it does make an enjoyable way to increase attention span and visual literacy. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Having led young viewers from sea to city and from night to day in Follow the Line (2006), Ljungkvist takes them on a house tour in this like-patterned follow-up—again starting an unbroken black line on the front cover that ends on the back and in between runs through each room while geometrically outlining furniture or small objects. Read full book review >

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FLUFFY AND BARON by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"An author's note on the final page offers useful information on both domestic and wild ducks, including migration and the life cycle. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rankin draws on her own childhood memories in this satisfying story of an unusual friendship between a German shepherd and a domestic duck. Read full book review >

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WHO’LL PULL SANTA’S SLEIGH TONIGHT? by Laura Rader
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A recipe for 'Santa's Special Hot Cocoa' is included on the final page, and candy-cane-striped endpapers add a peppy touch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The reindeer are all sick a-bed with terrible colds, and Santa and his elves are desperate for alternative transportation for Christmas Eve. Read full book review >