Search Results: "Michael Simmons"


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POOL BOY by Michael Simmons
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2003

"It's no mean feat, rendering a character who is both detestable and sympathetic; Simmons has done this, and hilariously so, his first time out. (Fiction. 12+)"
Brett Gerson has it tough: fabulously rich for 15 years, his life is capsized when his father is jailed for insider trading. Read full book review >

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VANDAL by Michael Simmons
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Simmons resists easy narrative outs, presenting both Will and readers with the full emotional complexity of a difficult relationship in fine, understated fashion. (Fiction. YA)"
Will has grown up with the shadow of his older brother's violence always looming. Read full book review >

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FINDING LUBCHENKO by Michael Simmons
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Although the book is longer than necessary, it should be a fun read for many high schoolers. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Rebellious, cocky Evan knows he'll never be able to please his father, a wealthy, stern and angry man who refuses to give Evan any money. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Still, the out-of-this-world story will appeal to young readers, who will look forward to the second installment. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
On Sept. 29, 2017, William Aitkin's step-parents were eaten by aliens, a fate suffered by many during the First Invasion. Read full book review >

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COME ALONG, DAISY! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The dramatic images can be viewed from a distance, making this an appealing read-aloud for story hours. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This cautionary tale from Simmons explores no new terrain, though the duckling Daisy does. Read full book review >

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EBB & FLO AND THE BABY SEAL by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"The third in the Ebb and Flo stories (Ebb and Flo and the New Friend, 1999, etc.), this is a delight to the eye and soul—and a welcome return of a charming character. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ebb dashes to the beach to find the source of an intriguing "wah wah" sound; there, she meets a lost but frisky baby seal, who unlike Mom and Flo, does not object to a romp on the beach in a downpour. Read full book review >

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QUACK, DAISY, QUACK! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"And, as usual, her experience is sure to be in the repertory of nearly every adventuresome toddler and post toddler. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Impulsive everyduckling Daisy gets into and out of another pickle. Read full book review >

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THREE by Kristen Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The strongest of the series' three volumes, with a tense and harrowing climax. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
The third and final installment of the series that began with Article 5 (2012) ramps up the action as the extremist government cracks down on Ember Miller and her fellow resistance members. Read full book review >

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WORLDS ENOUGH & TIME by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2002

"Like a book by Stephen King, whom Simmons references, this is an uneven if always readable collection highlighted by his charmingly chatty introductions to each story."
An easily absorbed, if none-too-challenging, batch of five long stories from the creator of the Hyperion series. Read full book review >

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THE ABOMINABLE by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Simmons never once blinks in the face of the improbable, and he serves up a lively, eminently entertaining adventure that would do Edgar Allan Poe—and even Rudyard Kipling—proud."
A yeti? Jawohl! Read full book review >

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LOVEDEATH by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1993

"Enduring stuff—even more memorable than Simmons's novels."
Five darkly erotic short novels that entwine love and death, with horror boosting the sex, by World Fantasy Award winner Simmons (Children of Night, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 7, 2009

"The author's passion for fitness is contagious, but the book needs more detailed information to guide would-be fitness competitors."
A fitness-competition champion motivates readers to get active with her personal success story. Read full book review >