Search Results: "Lauren Roedy Vaughn"


BOOK REVIEW

OCD, THE DUDE, AND ME by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 21, 2013

"Reminiscent of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, Vaughn's work avoids stereotypical pitfalls and deftly tackles the sensitive issue of a teen's struggle with mental illness with humor and integrity. A must-read. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
There are good books, and there are great books, and then there are books with characters you'll never forget. Vaughn's debut about a high school senior whose struggle to fit in is compounded by the social quirks associated with her OCD is definitely one of those rare finds. Read full book review >

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POLLY VAUGHN by Barry  Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A mostly successful attempt to clothe a classic tale in new attire. (Fiction. 8-14)"
As he did with Andersen's The Tinderbox (1990), Moser transplants a traditional British ballad with interesting parallels to Romeo and Juliet to Appalachia, a likely enough setting for the tragedy of a young man who, mistaking his beloved for a deer, shoots her and then is hanged for murder. Read full book review >

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LAUREN IPSUM by Carlos Bueno
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Positive, smart, empowering philosophies and thinking skills couched in a wacky adventure. (Fantasy/philosophy. 8-14)"
A lost girl travels through a fantastical Alice in Wonderland-esque world filled with The Phantom Tollbooth-like computer-programming metaphors.Read full book review >

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LAUREN MCGILL’S PICKLE MUSEUM by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Kids will relish this dilly of a story without a sour note anywhere. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Lauren McGill was absolutely wild about pickles." Read full book review >

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LAUREN YANOFSKY HATES THE HOLOCAUST by Leanne Lieberman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2013

"A thought-provoking exploration of a teen's evolving ideals. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A Jewish teen who has decided to become "un-Jewish" experiences a soul-searching junior year. Read full book review >

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BANNERLESS by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slight but well-crafted and heartfelt effort."
Vaughn, who's competent in many subgenres, eschews werewolves (Kitty Saves the World, 2015), superheroes (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014), dragons (Refuge of Dragons, 2017), and spacefarers (Martians Abroad, 2017) for a smaller-scale story, an intimate post-apocalyptic mystery. Read full book review >

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STEEL by Carrie Vaughn
ADVENTURE
Released: March 15, 2011

"Through her assertive, appealing protagonist and a satisfying plot that sheds light on lesser-known aspects of pirate life, Vaughn introduces readers to an intriguing sport with an ancient pedigree. (author's note, glossary of fencing terms) (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
In a thoroughly enjoyable take on the historical time-travel tale, Jill Archer, vacationing in the Bahamas with her family and depressed at having just missed qualifying for the Junior World Fencing Championships, uncovers the rusty tip of an old sword in the sand. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND GUARD by J.D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In the matrilineal monarchy of Tequende, when second-born children reach the tender age of 15, their families must surrender them to be trained as the mightiest soldiers in the land, known as the Second Guard. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE by Carrie Vaughn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2011

"For readers who admire Lois Lane more than Superman."
In this warm homage to and deconstruction of classic comic books, a young woman demonstrates that you don't need superpowers to be a hero. Read full book review >

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ANGEL OF HIGHGATE by Vaughn Entwistle
Released: April 4, 2012

"A magnificently written, provocative novel that blends genres to help readers answer profound questions about mortality."
A romantic, mystical tale of adventure set in Victorian Britain that seamlessly blends elements of history, fantasy and horror. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"The magnum opus of America's magnificent reptile. (Two- hundred b&w photographs.)"
Marvelously entertaining account of the natural history of the American alligator, and of the worship, medicine, commerce, and art it has inspired. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A worthy, rich and thoughtful sequel."
Is covert manipulation a better parental and corporate tactic than overt pressure? Vaughn's superpowered sequel to After the Golden Age (2011) attempts to answer that. Read full book review >