Search Results: "Melissa Walker"


BOOK REVIEW

DUST TO DUST by Melissa Walker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 5, 2015

"Paranormal romance done well, with a warning: When it comes to incantations, always read the fine print. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
Second in a two-book series—but nicely readable as a stand-alone—after Ashes to Ashes (2013), this continues the dual-world adventures of teen Callie. Read full book review >

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UNBREAK MY HEART by Melissa Walker
Released: May 22, 2012

"A quietly absorbing journey. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Clementine Williams, 16, heartbroken and guilt-ridden, could use some personal space to figure things out, but confined with her family on a 42-foot sailboat for a summer-long trip down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers on the Great Loop route, privacy is in short supply. 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 >

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LET'S PRETEND WE NEVER MET by Melissa Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"This honest, pleasant ode to true friendships draws readers in and offers gentle, kid-friendly guidance to maintaining relationships that matter. (Fiction. 9-12)"
You make a quirky new friend whom other kids shun. How to manage this friendship and still fit in at school? Read full book review >

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MELISSA FEBOS
by Megan Labrise

Among the epigraphs of Melissa Febos’s sophomore memoir, Abandon Me, is a quotation by English psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott: “It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found.”

“I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to use that epigraph,” says Febos, who considered it for her critically acclaimed debut, Whip Smart ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SOME WRITER! by Melissa Sweet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A masterful biography that will enchant young readers. (author's note, afterword, timeline, source notes, bibliography, about the art) (Biography. 7-12)"
A celebration of the life and work of New Yorker writer and children's-book author E.B. White. Read full book review >

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POPPY’S PANTS by Melissa Conroy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2009

"A marketing tie-in does not literature make. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Penelope, a pink rag doll with pink yarn hair, struggles to mend a hole in the khaki pants her grandfather, a pink rag doll with gray yarn hair, likes to wear, eventually patching them with just the right aquamarine thread. Read full book review >

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CARMINE by Melissa  Sweet
ANIMALS
Released: April 4, 2005

"Includes Granny's recipe for alphabet soup. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The illustrator tries her hand at words and images in this delightful alphabet and fairytale twist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIZZA DAY by Melissa  Iwai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Yummy! (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a summertime parallel to Iwai's warmhearted Soup Day (2010), while mother is at work, a father and child spend the day making pizza using homegrown vegetables and homemade dough. Read full book review >

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GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS BY MELISSA BASHARDOUST
by Ana Grilo

Mina is sixteen, the daughter of a dead mother and a vicious father. When Mina was a small, sickly girl with a heart condition, her father's magic saved her by giving her a heart of glass. Because of her heart, Mina is convinced she is unable to love and to be loved, with nothing but her beauty to get ...


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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 >