Search Results: "Lesley Schwartz Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 9, 2013

"An earnest, comprehensive and 'everything-you-need' compendium. (index, author's note) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Help is on the way for teens wanting to do better in school. Read full book review >

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MARTIN WILSON
by Megan Labrise

YA author Martin Wilson’s sophomore novel has a gut-punch premise: One hot day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, an 11-year-old boy takes off on his bike and vanishes. Three years later, he returns, gravely changed.

“I’m trying to write stories that are honest and emotionally powerful,” says Wilson, author of We Now Return to Regular Life, based on a true story ...


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PRINCESS VALIANT
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Valiant (The Valiant #1) by Lesley Livingston

Cover Story: Can’t Unsee
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Modern History
Bonus Factors: Female Gladiators, Cleopatra
Relationship Status: Swords Drawn

Cover Story: Can’t Unsee

At first, I was going to talk about how the young woman on this cover looks like a gladiator, which is ...


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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"An archetypal text, true to life on the Street, destined to be discussed over drinks at trader hangouts after the market closes—and better than going tapioca. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A Wall Street trader exercises a rich man's prerogative and offers financial advice and his life story. Read full book review >

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AS RIGHT AS RAIN
by Julie Danielson

This week, I read two brand-new picture books I really like, both from authors and illustrators overseas (Wales, England, and Australia) – Bob Graham’s Home in the Rain and Nicola Davies’ King of the Sky, illustrated by Laura Carlin. “It rained and rained and rained,” begins one. “Didn’t it rain!” begins the other. A steady rain even hit ...


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DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Urban Faerie genre. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Urban faerie killers, star-crossed lovers, rival courts and a spot of Shakespeare vie for center stage in this sequel to Wondrous Strange (2009). Read full book review >

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SONG OF BE by Lesley Beake
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Author's note on the setting. (Fiction. 12+)"
A Scottish-born South African who ``has received many awards'' looks deep into the mind and heart of a young Ju/'hoan Bushman caught in Namibia's new independence and her people's uneasily evolving ties to the modern world. Read full book review >

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THIN PLACES by Lesley Choyce
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Poignant at times but ultimately a frustrating read. (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
Feeling increasingly isolated from the world, 16-year-old Declan Lynch falls for a girl whose voice he hears in his mind. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2010

"The information is hardly new, but McDowell contextualizes it well, giving solid insight into a dynamic and influential group."
A literary critic takes an intimate look at famous literary partnerships of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST MUSLIM by Lesley Hazleton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2013

"A levelheaded, elegant look at the life of the prophet amid the making of a legend."
A longtime reporter on the Middle East, Hazleton (After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam, 2009, etc.) carefully delineates the great events in the life of the "first Muslim," who, like the Christian prophet Jesus, was chosen as the "translator" of God's message to mankind. Read full book review >

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LIMESTONE AND CLAY by Lesley Glaister
Released: April 1, 1994

"Although one tires of the details about Nadia's plumbing, and Simon is a bit of an ass, still there's no denying Glaister's ability to pull terror and suspense from just about anywhere, including a truly scary hole in the ground."
This English author has dealt before (Digging to Australia, 1993, etc.) with the creepy stuff that can issue forth from ``ordinariness,'' a disarming quality often buffeted by her grotesque-to-cheerful eccentrics ballooning over a modest landscape. Read full book review >