Search Results: "Mary Jo Amani"


BOOK REVIEW

EXCUSE ME, I'M TRYING TO READ! by Mary Jo Amani
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"A crowd-pleasing celebration of reading; nevertheless, it doesn't hold a candle to such more-polished presentations as Judy Sierra and Marc Brown's Wild about Books (2004). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Curious animals continually disrupt a young African girl's attempts to read. Read full book review >

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DARK PASSAGE by Mary Jo Putney
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"The suspenseful story combined with paranormal romance works well, with the exciting history lesson as an added bonus; one of the better efforts in this overstuffed genre. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
The romance and the action keep zooming along in this first sequel to Putney's Dark Mirror (2011). Read full book review >

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LAKE MONSTER MIX-UP  by Mary Labatt
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Purchase for series fans and hope the next is more complete. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
Samantha, the mystery- (and junk food-) seeking sheepdog, and her human friend Jennie, who can hear Sam's thoughts, head off with the family to a secluded lake island for a weekend getaway. Read full book review >

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DRACULA MADNESS by Mary Labatt
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"With only the mildest of chills and a thoroughly endearing protagonist, this is recommended for most graphic-fiction collections serving active young readers. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
Samantha's no ordinary sheepdog; she has a nose for a mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A layered examination of a place and a people whose ancient culture is rapidly disappearing."
A travel memoir of journeys in the jungles of Central America and encounters with the Lacandón people, descendants of the ancient Mayans. Read full book review >

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A Girl Named Mary by Mary Jo Nickum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2016

"A provocative, intelligently constructed historical exercise."
A fictional imagining of the childhood of Jesus' mother, Mary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"A quick and charming glimpse of our history, with a whiff of the supernatural for extra gusto. (picture glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 6-8)"
Some unpolished writing does nothing to mar the wonder in this very simple introduction to an (arguably) 800-year-old house and its residents—living or otherwise. Read full book review >

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DARK MIRROR by Mary Jo Putney
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2011

"Putney, an award-winning adult romance author, keeps the pace fast, adds a dash of suspense and shines a friendly light on history while providing plenty of entertainment in her first novel for teens. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
This enjoyable supernatural time-travel story follows many of the conventions of romance novels, with its characters mostly drawn from English aristocracy (in this case in 1803) and an impossible romance with a drop-dead gorgeous young heir to a dukedom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A KISS OF FATE by Mary Jo Putney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2004

"Not Putney's best, but entertaining nonetheless."
An English enchantress in love with a Scot, circa 1745. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WILD CHILD by Mary Jo Putney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"The working-out of family and emotional problems doesn—t seem enough to give this story needed spice, and the sudden, melodramatic addition of a villain is a bit slapdash."
Twins seem to be the newest romance fashion. Read full book review >