Search Results: "MJ Auch"


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ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS BLUE by MJ Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2013

"An engaging coming-of-age story marked by the somewhat predictable dysfunctional-parent problems that are so common in the type. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Basil and Tenzie both have synesthesia, either a gift or a curse that can make a person into one of life's rejects. Read full book review >

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WING NUT by MJ Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Young readers may not become as enamored with the details of purple martin life as Grady and Charlie, but the story of a boy who finally finds a place to call home should resonate deeply. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Grady Flood and his drop-dead gorgeous mother Lila have been on the move ever since he was six and his father, a mechanic, was crushed under a car. Read full book review >

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GUITAR BOY by MJ Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"While the satisfying conclusion may seem overly optimistic, it is nothing more than this endearing teen deserves. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After his mother sustains a serious head injury, 14-year-old Travis faces enough challenges to leave a lesser kid in despair. Read full book review >

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ONE-HANDED CATCH by MJ Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Moving and thought-provoking. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Norm's life is changed forever on July 4, 1946, by a freak accident in which he loses his left hand. Read full book review >

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A CONFLICT OF INTEREST by MJ Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2013

"A harrowing, inspiring true story of a woman caught in a cesspool of corruption who refused to become dirty herself."
The frightening odyssey of a business executive who went to work in Afghanistan and ended up fighting a personal war against corruption. Read full book review >

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BREAKING LOVE by MJ Summers
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A fun, often humorous, escapist tale that will have readers blushing, laughing and rooting for its characters."
In the second book in Summers' (Break in Two, 2013) romance series, worlds and hearts collide when a single mother from Colorado meets a wealthy Parisian playboy. Read full book review >

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THE NUTQUACKER by Mary Jane Auch
Released: Oct. 15, 1999

Auch (Eggs Mark the Spot, 1996, etc.) offers up an audacious tale starring a unusual band of anthropomorphic creatures. Read full book review >

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAKS by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Readers will cackle endlessly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Leaving no yolk uncracked, the Auchs strut their stuff once again with this Thanksgiving tale of an arrogant turkey and the goodhearted hens who take him under their wings. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY TO NOWHERE by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"From Auch (Eggs Mark the Spot, 1996, etc.), good historical details and a rattling good adventure. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In 1815, Mem's father decides that the family will sell their Connecticut farm and nearly everything else they own to load up a wagon and make the long and hazardous trek to a new home in the Genesee Country of upstate New York. Read full book review >

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OUT OF STEP by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Jeremy may have some value as a negative role-model, but this heavy-handed story offers little insight into a common domestic situation. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Jeremy, 12, makes himself and his stepfamily miserable until he realizes that other people have feelings too. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PIZZA by Mary Jane Auch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2002

"With its can-do heroine and its message of 'marriage isn't everything,' this will appeal to everyone—but should definitely be required reading for young girls. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Auch husband-and-wife team (I Was a Third-Grade Spy, 2001, etc.) successfully collaborate on their first picture book, a delightful fairy-tale hodgepodge with a wonderful message about happily-ever-after. Read full book review >

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POULTRYGEIST by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Predictable, and a bit thin, but good humored throughout. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the Auchs' eighth "poultry parody," the noisy farmyard animals ignore requests from Clarissa the cow and Sophie the pig to pipe down, until a tall, ghostly figure drives everyone out of the barn the night before Halloween. Read full book review >