Search Results: "Mel Glenn"


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POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"His fans will find the characters falling into familiar types, and though at its best the poetry is exciting, some superficial, indifferent adults and the imminent crushing of so many hoop dreams give the story a bitter, discouraging cast. (Fiction/poetry. 12-15)"
Basketball dreams shatter when a high-school team bus goes out of control on an icy road in this latest novel-in-poems from Glenn (The Taking of Room 114, p. 222, etc.). Read full book review >

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SPLIT IMAGE by Mel Glenn
POETRY
Released: March 31, 2000

"Deeply felt, if not particularly profound. (Fiction. YA)"
Glenn (Foreign Exchange, 1999, etc.) returns to his favorite setting, turbulent Tower High, for more teen melodrama cast in short, mostly free verse, poems. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: March 1, 1997

"An arresting, if undeveloped, premise cements a gallery of recognizable high-school seniors fretting about—or blowing off—their pasts and futures. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A veteran high-school teacher cracks, holding his class at gunpoint on the last day of school in this drama-in-poetry from Glenn (Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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SQUEEZE PLAY: A Baseball Story by Mel Glenn
Released: March 19, 1989

More than a year after their triumph on the soccer field (Play-by-Play), Jeremy and his athletic friend Lloyd have a new problem: a teacher with a Mission. Mr. Shore may be new to the school, but he takes command from the first day—organizing the class into "squads" and "platoons," delivering lectures on competitive spirit, barking out orders and blame. Read full book review >

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WHO KILLED MR. CHIPPENDALE? by Mel Glenn
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Let readers decide, as they appreciate the multiple ironies here, search for clues, and look for echoes of their own peers and teachers in these vignettes. (Fiction/poetry. 11-15)"
A respected teacher's murder on school grounds sparks a series of free-verse reveries and comments from a large cast of students, colleagues, police officers, and members of the local community in this unusual, provocatively oblique whodunit, subtitled ``A Mystery in Poems.'' As in Glenn's most recent collection, My Friend's Got This Problem, Mr. Candler (1991), voices, attitudes, and concerns are realistically varied: Youthful optimism alternates with fear or disillusionment, pre-packaged opinions with thoughtful observations, anguish with disinterest. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

Drawing on their experience as high-school teachers, Glenn and Bernstein continue their series of vignettes of urban teenagers, begun with Class Dismissed! (1982). 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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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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DANCING WITH STRANGERS by Mel Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"My Favorite Things'' (1960)—he manages to claim the era, and his identity, as his own."
A former editor at the New York Times Book Review and the author of a well-received history of African-American humor (On the Real Side, 1994), Watkins here recalls his 1950s coming-of-age as a black youth in Youngstown, Ohio, and a student at mostly white Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Read full book review >