Search Results: "Lizabeth Zindel"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"In the final pages, teens will find themselves questioning not only their current fashion choices, but also the implications of truth within their families and school communities. (Fiction. YA)"
Maggie, the new girl at Berkley Prep, gleefully joins a secret club reserved for the super-rich but grows increasingly uncomfortable with the group's weekly ritual: posting their classmates' secrets on The Wall. Read full book review >

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A GIRL, A GHOST, AND THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS by Lizabeth Zindel
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"That novel, however, saddled with the author's determination to shoehorn in thinly drawn stand-ins for Polonius, Ophelia and Laertes, as well as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and an iMovie version of the Claudius-poisons-King-Hamlet play (starring rowdy Australians), is a hot mess. (Fiction. YA)"
For her third outing, Zindel (Girl of the Moment, 2007, and The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies, 2008) takes a stab at updating Hamlet, transforming the melancholy Dane into a California girl mourning her mother's suicide—or was it? Read full book review >

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GIRL OF THE MOMENT by Lizabeth Zindel
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

"A good first outing. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Lily lands an internship with Samantha Snow, a rising Hollywood starlet. Read full book review >

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THE DOOM STONE by Paul Zindel
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1995

"A deadly disappointment for fans of Zindel's earlier work, the book may sate goremeisters who liked Loch, as well as readers who routinely wrap themselves in paperback horror series. (Fiction. 13+)"
Zindel's sojourn away from realistic landscapes and toward more supernatural realms (The Loch, 1994, etc.) continues in this bloody tale of an American teenager's adventure at Stonehenge. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 30, 2003

"A fine work of history, showing how we came to live in a world of things, fat if not necessarily happy."
Pop quiz: Patriotism involves (a) giving your life for your country; (b) flying the flag on national holidays; (c) shopping till you drop. If you answered (c), you'll be well prepared to follow this intriguing, oblique look at the recent American past by Bancroft Prize-winner Cohen (Making a New Deal, 1990). Read full book review >

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THE GADGET by Paul Zindel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2001

"While this is not Zindel's best writing, by cleverly intertwining fiction and fact, his distinctly atmospheric tale breathes life into an exceptional moment in American history. (chronology, important people, sources) (Fiction. 11 -13)"
Fast-paced and thought-provoking, though lacking the emotional resonance of his earlier work, Zindel gives young readers a taste of what life would have been like for a child living in a top secret American military base in the closing months of WWII. Read full book review >

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LOCH by Paul Zindel
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1994

"Fast, furious, and masterful. (Fiction. 12+)"
The Loch Ness Monster lives in this latest adventure by award-winning author Zindel (The Pigman and Me, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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NIGHT OF THE BAT by Paul Zindel
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Readers who get goosebumps from R.L. Stine's books will rip into this with relish. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Another gruesomely explicit creature feature from the author of Rats (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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THE PIGMAN AND ME by Paul Zindel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Photos not seen. (Autobiography. 12+)"
In the irrepressible, bittersweet style of his novels, Zindel offers an autobiographical vignette from his teen years, when he and his mother and sister shared a house in the Staten Island community of Travis with a fatherless Italian family whose warmhearted ``Nonno [grandfather] Frankie'' was the original for Zindel's The Pigman (1968). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Disappointing, overall, but not without some felicitous choices."
A showcase for the overlooked writers of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico that's a bit heavy on surprise endings. Read full book review >