Search Results: "Laurie Friedman"


BOOK REVIEW

CAN YOU SAY CATASTROPHE? by Laurie Friedman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"By tale's end, it is evident that this humorous, spirited teen is poised to triumph over the challenges of adolescence. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Irked by her parents, annoyed by her younger siblings and bewildered by the recent behavior of Billy, one of her best friends, April's teen years are off to an inauspicious start. Read full book review >

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TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers will empathize as April displays spunk and resilience in addressing her mistakes and remaining true to herself. (Fiction. 11-14)"
April's much-anticipated eighth-grade year rapidly devolves into a debacle. Read full book review >

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MALLORY AND MARY ANN TAKE NEW YORK by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Slight and formulaic. (Fiction.7-10)"
Mallory's friendship with Mary Ann is tested in this latest installment of the long-running series. Read full book review >

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PLAY IT AGAIN, MALLORY by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Readers of the series will probably eagerly scoop up another somewhat vanilla-flavored entry. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Like most of the kids in grades four through six in her school, Mallory's thrilled to hear they're going to have six weeks of arts electives—until she is assigned the tuba. What's a girl to do? Read full book review >

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THANKSGIVING RULES by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"If the scansion sometimes labors, it's still an unabashedly joyous celebration of seasonal gluttony. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Percy Isaac Gifford (whose monogrammed sweater reads, aptly, "P.I.G.") delivers a rhymed set of instructions to less-expert celebrants of the holiday. Read full book review >

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BIRTHDAY RULES by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Other birthday-themed books present more realistic versions of these annual celebrations, acknowledging that most parties are not all fun and games and that a little rain falls on every parade. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Percy Isaac Gifford shares his rules for maximizing birthday fun. Read full book review >

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RUBY VALENTINE AND THE SWEET SURPRISE by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A good choice for Valentine's Day as well as for kids who are coping with a new member of their household, whether animal or human. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Popular Ruby Valentine is back, and she has quite a dilemma on her hands. Will beloved pet Lovebird and new cat Sweetie Pie understand that Ruby has enough love for both of them? Read full book review >

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STEP FOURTH, MALLORY! by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The book will appeal to fans of Marissa Moss's Amelia series. (Fiction. 7-11)"
The format in the latest in Friedman's popular Mallory series follows the well-established pattern. Read full book review >

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MALLORY VS. MAX by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Printed in widely spaced lines of type and illustrated with plenty of black-and-white wash cartoons, Mallory's diatribe (her third so far) should draw, if not excite, fledgling chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Punctuated by pointed family discussions on attitude correction and the importance of team play, this unsubtle sibling-tiff tale should please fans of Junie B. Jones and similar whiny fare. Read full book review >

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MALLORY MAKES A DIFFERENCE by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"While readers can celebrate Mallory's widening outlook on the world, they may yearn for a little less vanilla-flavored syrup. (Fiction. 7-11)"
After the disappointment of taking on too much for Halloween, Mallory decides she needs to be more philanthropic for the next holiday in this 28th and final tale. Read full book review >

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LIFE, LOSS, AND LEMONADE by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Short, sweet, and to the point. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In the eighth and final book in the Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series, the eponymous character turns 15, finishes up ninth grade, and has the entire summer to look forward to. Read full book review >