Search Results: "Myrna A. Strasser"


BOOK REVIEW

MYRNA LOY by Emily W. Leider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Only for fans of a golden era of Hollywood stardom, as long as they're not looking for much gossip or personal revelation."
The author makes her case that Myrna Loy (1905-1993) could inspire a fascinating biography, but she doesn't really deliver one. Read full book review >

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GIVE A BOY A GUN by Todd Strasser
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Important, insightful, and chilling. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Vivid, distressing, and all too real, Strasser's (Close Call, 1999, etc.) latest work of fiction explores the minds and hearts of a group of students, parents, teachers, and community members whose lives are forever altered by a tragic school shooting. Read full book review >

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MYRNA NEVER SLEEPS by Beth Peterson
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Each episode repeats the same formula, and without offering a sense of Myrna as herself, the fantasy wears a bit thin. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The reason Myrna never sleeps is that she's busy dreaming up amazing adventures. Read full book review >

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HEY DAD, GET A LIFE! by Todd Strasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"1158, etc.). (Fiction. 10-12)"
Kelly and her little sister Sasha share a secret: Their father has come back from the dead—and, like an invisible genie, he's eager to grant their every wish. Read full book review >

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THE WILLIAM POWELL AND MYRNA LOY MURDER CASE by George Baxt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"Sonja Henie Murder Case?"
Worried because she's dying of cancer and hard-pressed for cash, Hollywood madam Claire Young comes up with the foolproof idea of going semi-public with her big black book, simultaneously soliciting a little discreet blackmail and inviting disgruntled ex-clients to put her feloniously out of her misery. Read full book review >

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I HEAR A PICKLE by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Teachers, make sure this is on your shelves—it's a great read-aloud, an easy read for beginning readers, and a model for student books. (Picture/concept book. 3-6)"
Only the last page features the titular pickle—the rest of the book is a tribute to the five senses that will resonate with young readers. Read full book review >

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CON-fidence by Todd Strasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2002

"While readers may identify with the premise of wishing to be popular even at a high price, the awkward narrative voice and the holes in the plot keep this from being wholly persuasive. (Fiction 10-13)"
In tackling the well-worn theme of a girl who aspires to enter the in-crowd, Strasser (Give a Boy a Gun, 2000, etc.) complicates the usual plot by introducing a female, middle-school version of a con man. Read full book review >

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CLOSE CALL by Todd Strasser
Released: March 15, 1999

"The last two-page chapter acts as a hasty exit, summarizing the resolutions; sports fans—and most other readers—will be disappointed by a near-total lack of action. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Strasser (Kidnap Kids, 1998, etc.) issues an unsubtle problem-solving clinic built around a baseball teammate's sudden change of behavior. Read full book review >

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WASTE AND WANT by Susan Strasser
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Rummaging through the trash barrel of history has unearthed some choice, if occasionally dry, morsels of 20th-century culture. (b&w photos)"
—By their trash shall you know them" is the theme of this research-driven exploration of the rubbish and refuse habits of more than two centuries of Americans. Read full book review >

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BOOT CAMP by Todd Strasser
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 22, 2007

"Only the scene where Garrett helps two desperate teens escape provides relief from the well-intentioned but heavy-handed expose. (Fiction. YA)"
Strasser explores the intriguing topic of militaristic boot camps, described as a secret prison system with 4,000 to 10,000 teens, but he undermines his effort with implausible characters and tedious violence. Read full book review >

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GIRL GIVES BIRTH TO OWN PROM DATE by Todd Strasser
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Best of all, the high humor doesn't detract at all from Strasser's serious but understated message about nonconformity and self-acceptance; it's there, behind all the goofy plot twists and effervescent dialogue. (Fiction. 14+)"
The prolific Strasser strikes again with a companion novel to his very funny first look at Time Zone High, How I Changed My Life (1995), and this one's even more fresh and irreverently funny than its predecessor. Read full book review >