Search Results: "Laurel Osterkamp"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HOLDOUT by Laurel Osterkamp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"Captivating entertainment, like an episode of reality TV."
In this novel, an aimless, 30-something woman cast in a Survivor-style reality show falls for a good-looking operator out to win at any cost. Read full book review >

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WHEN YOU WERE JUST A HEARTBEAT by Laurel  Molk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"An unusual counterpart to the more concrete reportage in the likes of Kes Gray's Baby On Board, illustrated by Sarah Nayler (p. 222). (Picture book. 4-8)"
This simple, abstract pregnancy tracker pairs deftly brushed watercolors of small birds and other growing things to a brief text phrased so that it could be read by a sibling or either parent. Read full book review >

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EENY, MEENY, MINEY, MO, AND FLO! by Laurel  Molk
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"Brisk and bouncy, this clever adaptation combines animals, action, humor, and typical sibling dynamics to create a lively and engaging escapade. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A familiar rhyme is the starting point for this tale of four bossy brothers and their tag-along little sister. Read full book review >

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GOOD JOB, OLIVER! by Laurel  Molk
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Her inventive use of the page makes the book practically boundless—bunnies on pogo sticks bounce out the top, gophers burrow out the bottom, and a springtime palette blooms in every corner. (Picture book. 4-7)"
PLB 0-517-70976-7 Oliver, a rabbit, wants to compete in the big leagues in the annual strawberry-growing contest. Read full book review >

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SEVEN STORIES UP by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"Overall, there are some pleasures, but this is time travel lite. (author's note) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old in 1987 time travels a half-century into the past and meets her own grandmother at the same age. Read full book review >

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THE HARE, RAISING TRUTH by Laurel McHargue
Released: March 1, 2017

"A fast-paced tale with creepy and slightly sleazy elements."
A novella about a lustful, wayward young man who finds a cursed rabbit's foot. Read full book review >

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Waterwight by Laurel McHargue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"Striking dreamscapes make this tale about a heroine who can fly a fine first outing in a planned series."
In this YA adventure, a girl orphaned by global cataclysm searches for a new home, encountering talking animals and discovering she possesses special powers. Read full book review >

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SAY YOU ARE MY SISTER by Laurel Brady
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"The suspense of the intrepid sisters' struggle to survive could keep readers hooked, if they can overlook the melodrama. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Deep family love, secrets, and racial tension highlight this often suspenseful and touching, sometimes wordy drama set in Georgia during WWII, as two orphaned sisters and a baby try to survive. Read full book review >

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GROWING WINGS by Laurel Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The plot and characterizations are not skillfully crafted enough to allow a suspension of disbelief, and the book veers towards pomposity, seemingly raising weighty, philosophical themes, but never really taking flight. (Fiction. 10-14)"
While 11 is a time in a girl's life when her body is undergoing changes, Linnet's physical changes are highly unusual—she is growing wings. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Though no doubt quite sincere, this reads more like historical romance than a voyage of self-discovery."
Turgid past-life regression story in which the author claims to find herself through exploring her former existence as King Arthur's queen and would-be successor in fifth century Britain. Read full book review >