Search Results: "Michelle Hodkin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Even without advisable cuts, a strong, inventive tale. (Suspense. 12 & up)"
A girl tries to cope with her own survival after the deaths of her friends in this psychological—or is it paranormal?—debut suspense tale. Read full book review >

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THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Interesting and unusual. (Suspense. 12 & up)"
Mara's absorbing tale continues in this first sequel in the Mara Dyer series, answering some questions but, clearly, leaving plenty of suspense still to come. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Though the writing is clever and there are plenty of amusing incidents included, life lessons and existential truths overwhelm everything, suggesting that the audience for this uneasy amalgam of whimsy and wisdom will be small. (Fiction. 8-10)"
An imaginary friend who yearns to be real learns about life along with the children who conjure him up in a variety of guises. Read full book review >

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THE TALENT SHOW by Michelle Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"An author's note detailing more strategies for overcoming stage fright follows the text. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Jackson Magnet School is having a talent show and Howardina Geraldina Paulina Maxina Gardenia Smith is determined to be the star. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An attractive title for display or reading, this should have a wide audience. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An alphabet of dolls from many countries and time periods displays each with a handsome full-page photograph accompanied by a brief description. Read full book review >

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ALEF-BET by Michelle Edwards
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 15, 1992

"Hebrew words—ice cream, airplane—have been made from ancient words, but without further elucidation), a notably cheerful first introduction. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
In exuberant illustrations with vibrant colors vigorously defined by agile, rough lines, Edwards depicts an endearingly ordinary family engaged in everyday activities—helping Dad with the laundry, imaginative play, outings—with the oldest of three children taking part in everything from his wheelchair. Read full book review >

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BLESSED ARE YOU by Michelle Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 1993

"These vigorously limned, unabashedly homely kids might be cousins of the ones in Edwards's Alef-bet (1992); again, the bright, harmonious colors and the warmth and energy of the design bespeak a productive, loving, and devout family. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-8)"
Thirteen brief prayers in Edwards's translations, which she uses with her own children, plus the original Hebrew and a transliteration, all appearing on versos elaborately bordered with a vine-like motif that echoes the Hebrew script and also incorporates appropriate symbols—e.g., for the prayer beginning, ``God, grant us peace and goodness,'' Edwards includes a dove, a rainbow, and a menorah. Read full book review >

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THE CARE AND FEEDING OF A PET BLACK HOLE by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An original tale of family love, scientific passion, and a truly epic journey of self-discovery. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Instead of a lost kitten, 11-year-old Stella "Bug" Rodriguez rescues a black hole she names Larry ("short for Singularity, which I'd read is a place of infinite gravity at the heart of a black hole"). Read full book review >

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PRETENDING TO BE ERICA by Michelle Painchaud
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 21, 2015

"A thriller premise with a satisfying shades-of-gray resolution. (Suspense. 14-17)"
Raised up by her foster father to become the world's best con artist, Violet's disguised as a girl who's both very rich and very dead. Read full book review >

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NOT AFTER EVERYTHING by Michelle Levy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Raw and unforgettable. (Fiction. 14-18)"
"I wish they would all stop tiptoeing around me just because my mom offed herself over the summer." Read full book review >

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PROMISES I MADE by Michelle Zink
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Riveting. (Thriller. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Lies I Told (2014), Grace tries to atone for the major theft she helped her adoptive parents commit.Read full book review >

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WINTERFROST by Michelle Houts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A timeless story that upholds and nurtures the magical worlds of nature and childhood. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A magical middle-grade tale of a human child's encounter with nisse folk—tiny gnomelike creatures who, legend has it, inhabit the houses, barns and woodlands of Denmark. Read full book review >