Search Results: "Mel Friedman"


BOOK REVIEW

MEL by Liz Berry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1991

"This somewhat overdramatic aspect of the plot threatens, but never thwarts, its robust spirit or enterprising answers to life's ongoing difficulties. (Fiction. 12+)"
Likable, hard-working Mel emerges from her mother's neglect and abuse to take charge of her own future. Read full book review >

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MILTON FRIEDMAN by Lanny Ebenstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2007

"An economic biography for economic theorists, particularly those on the right."
First post-mortem tribute to the most influential champion of the free market since Adam Smith. Read full book review >

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LENNY AND MEL by Erik P. Kraft
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"An impromptu neighborhood Flag Day parade, flagless but enthusiastic, caps this promising, easy-reading eye-roller. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Newcomer Kraft treads unafraid through Scieszka and Pinkwater territory with these holiday misadventures, perpetrated on, or by, clueless twins (fraternal ones, to judge from the stick figure illustrations) Lenny and Mel. Read full book review >

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THE POOF POINT by Ellen Weiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Over-contrived and under-funny. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Marie and Eddie Bicker—who, in The Tiny Parents (1989), rescued their scientist parents after one experiment misfired- -cope with the results of another fiasco in their basement laboratory: though the senior Bickers still have adult bodies, their psyches regress, leaving the kids to deal with progressively helpless (and embarrassing) children in grownup guise. Read full book review >

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PORKY AND BESS by Ellen Weiss
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"The brief chapters are broken into short paragraphs, and although this isn't a particularly exciting read, this structure and the story's resolution will be satisfying for new readers. (Early reader. 6-8)"
The title reference to Gershwin's Porgy and Bess has no bearing upon the content of this story, making it seem like a gimmick rather than a thoughtful choice. Read full book review >

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LENNY AND MEL: AFTER-SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL by Erik P. Kraft
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Young readers fond of characters who are a bit too smart for their own good should be amused. (Fiction. 8-10)"
The slacker sibs are back for a third outing, this time as investigative reporters off to check out the seamy underside of after-school clubs. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 26, 1995

"A welcome, hefty collection of an American original's finest writing."
From veteran Friedman—prolific short-fiction writer and novelist (Let's Hear It for a Beautiful Guy, The Current Climate, etc.), as well as playwright and screenwriter—comes this collection of 40-plus disparate and darkly humorous tales. Read full book review >

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KATIE FRIEDMAN GIVES UP TEXTING! (AND LIVES TO TELL ABOUT IT.) by Tommy Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"With wit and perception, Greenwald reminds readers that there is communication beyond their electronics. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A texting gaffe leads to tumult for middle schooler Katie. Read full book review >

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LORD OF THE LIBRARIES by Mel Odom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2005

"Lively, charming and coyly amusing, but much too similar to current and previous genre blockbusters."
A bit boggy with back-story, the third but not necessarily final volume nonetheless brings a satisfying end to the chaos that set plucky librarians fleeing at the close of The Destruction of the Books (2004). Read full book review >

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THE ROVER by Mel Odom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A cute, smartly told pastiche of Tolkien and Terry Brooks aimed at the Harry Potter crowd and librarians at every level."
Odom's first hardcover is a charming fantasy about a bookish, pint-sized librarian whose small size and vast knowledge earn him self-confidence, the admiration of various rough characters, and a dragon's treasure. Read full book review >

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THE MITT MAN by Mel Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Discursive, overly complex, but, despite occasionally cumbersome prose, a debut that makes a moving statement about redemption and loss."
Feverishly overwritten and densely plotted but nonetheless strongly compelling African-American southern gothic of a cardsharp whose scams against friends and foes become a metaphor for the paradoxical nature of religious faith. Read full book review >

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ELEVEN REGRETS by Mel Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2015

"A remarkable tale of perseverance and a haunting reminder that abuse can often hide in plain sight."
A stark, shocking memoir that offers a look into the mindset of abused children. Read full book review >