Search Results: "Melissa Suber"


BOOK REVIEW

TOUGH CHICKS by Cece Meng
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 16, 2009

"Sublime and original. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mama Hen's three new chicks just won't be cute—or good, much to the dismay of all the barnyard residents, except their proud Mama. Read full book review >

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MILO THE REALLY BIG BUNNY by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"For a clearer take on the same theme, there are any number of other choices. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This tale of a clumsy, oversized rabbit who comes through in the clutch is a flop from start to finish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOUP DAY by Melissa  Iwai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Ordinariness made extraordinary. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Iwai's writing debut beautifully depicts the loving relationship between a mother and daughter as they go about a winter ritual—making soup. Read full book review >

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HANNA’S CHRISTMAS by Melissa Peterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An entertaining Christmas tale meant to tie in to a line of mail-order clothing, but not much more. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hanna's family has to move to America from Sweden right before Christmas, and Hanna is terribly homesick, at least until a surprise gift from her Grandmother shows up in a box full of Christmas goodies. Read full book review >

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PRISSY & POP DECK THE HALLS by Melissa Nicholson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"No silk purse here, just four little piggie ears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Miniature pigs celebrate the Christmas holiday together in a story illustrated with photographs of the pampered porcine pair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALIENATED by Melissa Landers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"It's still rather fun in an after-school-special sort of way, but hardly an essential purchase or read. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A charming if lightweight science-fiction romance bogs down when it attempts to convey moral lessons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAERY TALES AND NIGHTMARES by Melissa Marr
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"For dedicated fans only. (Fantasy suspense. 12 & up)"
Short stories focusing mainly on Marr's previous novel series crowd out other interesting tales in this uneven collection. Read full book review >

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LIFE IN OUTER SPACE by Melissa Keil
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Much like a John Hughes movie, this is a humorous, heartfelt and angst-y romance with the potential to break the gender barrier. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Sam Kinnison may claim an address in Melbourne, Australia, but from the moment Camilla Carter walks into first-period English, he might as well live in outer space. Read full book review >

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UNTAMED CITY by Melissa Marr
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Marr fans will be happy to learn this is a series opener. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Festive subtitle notwithstanding, traversing the complicated, shallowly rendered world of this exposition-heavy fantasy is a dreary slog, like reading a gaming manual cover to cover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UPSTREAM by Melissa Lion
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 10, 2005

"Lion continues to be a YA author to watch. (Fiction. YA)"
In a small Alaskan town where sunlight—or the lack thereof—dominates everyone's lives, senior Marty narrates this understated yet compelling story that pulls readers into the mystery surrounding the loss of her naturalist boyfriend, Steven. Read full book review >

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SMALL TOWN SINNERS by Melissa Walker
FICTION
Released: July 19, 2011

"This secular story about religious people could easily devolve into camp mockery, but because Walker takes her character's crisis of faith seriously and sensitively, readers will, too. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Lacey Anne Byer makes being a Preacher's Kid look easy: She's happy to honor her curfew, proud of her purity ring and keen to perform her heart out in the plum role of Abortion Girl at her evangelical church's annual Hell House. Read full book review >