Search Results: "Leanne Statland Ellis"


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THE UGLY ONE by Leanne Statland Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"The Incan empire's four-century ascendance has inspired plenty of nonfiction and over-the-top fantasy but perplexingly little historical fiction for kids. This recommended title can help fill that void. (glossary, author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Micay's name means "Beautiful Round Face" in Quechua, but her disfiguring facial scar has earned her the nickname Millay, "Ugly One," from bullies in her Incan village. Read full book review >

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OFF POINTE by Leanne Lieberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A formulaic story that will appeal to dance fanatics. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A teen with a ballet obsession learns to appreciate modern dance. Read full book review >

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QUEEN OF THE NIGHT by Leanne Hall
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"This inventive read successfully combines elements of contemporary teen lit, dystopian adventures, and The X-Men into a delicate, elliptical, and heartfelt genre all its own. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
Two teens rekindle their romance and stage a daring metaphysical rescue in an intoxicating alternate reality. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF TREES by Leanne Lieberman
CLASSICS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"The issues are vitally important, but the heroine's facile acceptance of a hot boy's pacifism is hardly convincing, the straw-man yeshiva students diminish the painful political realities and Mia just isn't likable enough to carry the tale. (Fiction. 12-13)"
A 17-year-old has a shallow religious epiphany followed by an equally shallow retreat from religion and political awakening. Read full book review >

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GRAVITY by Leanne Lieberman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Heartfelt—a must for Jewish and GLBT collections. (glossary) (Fiction. YA)"
A religious girl struggles to accept a sexuality that she's taught is sinful. Read full book review >

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THE MOST DANGEROUS THING by Leanne Lieberman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 7, 2017

"An approachable, earnest, feel-good romance between a white Jewish girl and a Chinese-Canadian immigrant boy provides the flavor for a tale of recovery and empowerment. (Fiction. 13-15)"
An eleventh-grade girl wants to start a relationship but is stymied by depression and anxiety. 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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Released: May 1, 2013

"Mostly witty commentary on the common ups and downs of being a new parent, times two."
An entertaining look at raising twins. Read full book review >

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SWIMMING STUDIES by Leanne Shapton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2012

"While the author may attempt to mirror this ideal, the result is less than satisfying and more than a little irritating."
A disjointed debut memoir about how competitive swimming shaped the personal and artistic sensibilities of a respected illustrator. Read full book review >

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IRIS AND THE TIGER by Leanne Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A quirky, cleareyed enchantment. More like this, please! (Mystery. 10-14)"
A biracial (Chinese/white) Australian girl unravels art-historical and familial mysteries at a relative's estate in rural Spain. Read full book review >

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THE PERFECT MANHATTAN by Leanne Shear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Less a novel than a listmaking—of clothes, of beaches, of screamingly obvious observations."
Oh no! I've graduated from Columbia and have no skills! Rent is high! Wait, bartending could be fun. . . Read full book review >

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ANDY RUSSELL, NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"While hardly great literature, this easy mystery is enhanced with simple line drawings and has a comfort level that will have young readers flying through it to find out exactly what is going on next door. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Andy's next-door neighbors, the Perlmans, ask Andy and Tamika to watch their house for them while they're in South America. Read full book review >