Search Results: "Lauren McLaughlin"


BOOK REVIEW

CYCLER by Lauren McLaughlin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Jill and Jack's story, touched with intrigue, humor and fascinating questions, ends with a conclusion both satisfactory and open-ended. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
Jill has truly terrible PMS: Every month, for four days, she turns into a boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

(RE)CYCLER by Lauren McLaughlin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"It won't make sense without Cycler (2008), but it's well worth the effort of reading both. (Fantasy. YA)"
Jill has more reason than most recent high-school graduates to be both thrilled and terrified to leave home: Once a month, instead of having her period, she turns into a boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCORED by Lauren McLaughlin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"The bold, aggressive narrative condemns both No Child Left Behind-style testing and current financial policies, cautioning about what could happen to social mobility in the face of stark inequity. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Everyone is a number in a dystopian near-future in which lives are determined by a corporation's surveillance-driven scores. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FREE by Lauren McLaughlin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A penetrating look at the power in the stories we tell ourselves but just a glancing one at the juvenile-justice system. (afterword) (Fiction. 14-18)"
A Boston-area youth in juvenile detention finds redemption in stories—his and his fellow inmates'. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WONDERFUL YOU by Lauren McLaughlin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Though open adoptions have become more common, they are still not the majority; this is more a single family's adoption story than one that speaks to all adopted children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A birth mother searches for the right parents for her unborn child in this story narrated by the adoptive mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Lauren McLaughlin
Released: July 11, 2017

"A recipe for storytime fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mitzi Tulane, preschool detective, is back, and this time she's got helpers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE IN WHAT'S THAT SMELL? by Lauren McLaughlin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"Despite misgivings, it's a sweet story centering on a bright, black birthday girl, and on that front it takes the cake. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mitzi Tulane may be a preschool detective, but she is also a birthday girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GLAMOURPUSS by Christian McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"A light, predictable, enjoyable debut—as meaningful as an afternoon of soaps, but much more entertaining."
Your basic boy-meets-boy love story, with a daytime-drama twist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN HER SHADOW by August McLaughlin
Released: Dec. 16, 2012

"An engaging story with an inventive structure and an intriguing focus on body-image issues."
McLaughlin's debut thriller tells a story of dark family secrets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SIDEWALK SYMPHONY by Peter McLaughlin
Released: April 23, 2007

"A heartwarming novel that will resonate with readers."
On a freshly poured sidewalk in Los Angeles in 1918, 12-year-old Iris LaPelle inscribes a prayer for her father's safe return from World War I. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALABASTER HOUSES by Lara McLaughlin
Released: June 10, 2011

"A tour de force that makes readers face hard truths about the effect a person's choices can have on her soul."
McLaughlin invites readers on a journey of the heart in this celebration of life, death and what it means to be human. Read full book review >