Search Results: "Natalie Standiford"


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CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS by Natalie Standiford
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Further, the conclusion seems rushed, and there are some loose ends that remain, but readers may not be bothered—there is still plenty in this light read to enjoy. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A wealthy family is desperate to be reinstated in the good graces of its matriarch in this often funny but uneven family drama. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET TREE by Natalie Standiford
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"The neat ending gratifies, with many of the issues having been resolved by the resourceful preteens themselves. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Middle-school dynamics, pesky sibling relations, a rumored haunted house, some truly heart-wrenching situations and a mystery all combine to make this coming-of-age novel an engrossing read. Read full book review >

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THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by Natalie Standiford
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"An unlikely love story set in an unusual time and place; there are no happy endings or easy resolutions here. (Romance. 14 & up)"
A young woman studying abroad in Leningrad in the early 1980s falls for a young man she meets there in this uniquely suspenseful romance. Read full book review >

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SWITCHED AT BIRTHDAY by Natalie Standiford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A characteristically insightful tale that affirms the importance of true friendship and self-acceptance. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A wish, a shared birthday and some "theater magic" transform the lives of two young teens. Read full book review >

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HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT by Natalie Standiford
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A decidedly purposeful not-love story, this has all the makings of a cult hit with a flavor similar to Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999). (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Surprising everyone at their private school, a sardonic loner befriends the new girl in this unusual story of an intense platonic relationship between two misfits. Read full book review >

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THE ONLY GIRL IN SCHOOL by Natalie Standiford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An engaging first-person voice and convincing characters make this epistolary novel of friendship and girl power a success. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Claire, the only girl in her small Maryland island school, recounts her fifth-grade year in a series of humorous yet poignant letters to her best friend who moved away. Read full book review >

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ASTRONAUTS ARE SLEEPING by Natalie Standiford
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"While there is plenty to think about in these pages, the tone is calm, making this a delightful space-age lullaby to help ship listeners off to sleep. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This prose poem journey through outer space, with sumptuous pastel illustrations, serves as a smart introduction to the heavenly reaches. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATALIE WOOD by Gavin Lambert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2004

"Full of informed and intelligent observations regarding both Wood's mindset and the politics of Hollywood, but ultimately a wearying, depressing portrait. (65 photos)"
An easily familiar biography of the actress, from a personal friend who fails to connect some of the critical pieces in her puzzle. Read full book review >

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REALITY NATALIE by Katie Sparks
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"An often bright and fun middle-grade novel."
In this debut novel, an 11-year-old girl hopes to win a spot as guest host on a kids' talk show, but she faces obstacles from her parents and best friend. Read full book review >

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NATALIE AND NAUGHTILY by Vincent K. Kirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A witty and fanciful exploration of a timeless childhood fantasy. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Twin girls as disparate in disposition as their names live atop their family's grandiose department store. Read full book review >

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NATALIE ON THE STREET by Ann Nietzke
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"While literary style and sympathetic perspective make this book easy to read, it is the straightforward approach to Natalie herself that makes it well worth reading."
Novelist Nietzke (Windowlight, not reviewed) effectively brings the serious problem of homelessness to a comprehensible level in her sensitive account of a few months in the life of one woman who made her home on a Los Angeles sidewalk. Read full book review >

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Natalie and the Night Sky by Carolyn Dibb
Released: April 22, 2015

"Ideal for only children and their perfectly sized families."
A heartwarming, insightful debut children's book about an only child who wonders what it would be like to have a bigger family. Read full book review >