Search Results: "Ned Vizzini"


BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER NORMALS by Ned Vizzini
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Great geeky fun. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A shy role-playing-game aficionado finds slaying monsters easier than kissing a girl in this appealing adventure by the author of It's Kind of a Funny Story (2006). Read full book review >

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BE MORE CHILL by Ned Vizzini
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"An interesting if unwieldy premise technologically, but diluted by the lack of character growth. (Science fiction. YA)"
A self-centered teenager swallows a supercomputer to make himself cool in this strangely amoral piece. Read full book review >

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IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY by Ned Vizzini
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"For the readers who stick with him until the end, the results will resonate with them just as loudly as Craig's newfound credo: to live for real. (Fiction. YA)"
Craig Gilner, a high-school student in New York City, can't deal with his grades, keep food in his stomach or prevent himself from feeling disconnected from his friends and family. Read full book review >

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BATTLE OF THE BEASTS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A dark action-adventure-fantasy with surprising heart. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
House of Secrets' (2013) happy ending gives way to new problems for the Walker children, both in reality and in writer-wizard Denver Kristoff's pulpy genre-book worlds. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF SECRETS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Ending with the promise (or threat) of further adventures, this is clearly intended to be the next big thing—whether it fulfills that ambition remains to be seen. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Columbus and Vizzini craft a fast-moving, cinematic narrative that packs plenty of punch but may still have trouble measuring up to the competition. Read full book review >

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CLASH OF THE WORLDS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Generally, an enjoyable book with high stakes and a solid ending, despite the mushy middle. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Following the 2013 death of co-author Vizzini, Rylander joins the team for the conclusion to the book-world-hopping House of Secrets series. Read full book review >

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KNUCKLEBALL NED by R.A. Dickey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Well-intentioned but not quite a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A major league knuckleball pitcher pens a cautionary tale about self-esteem and standing up to bullies. Read full book review >

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COWBOY NED AND ANDY by David Ezra Stein
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"Warm, fuzzy and friendly. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tomorrow is Cowboy Ned's birthday and he is far from home with only his trusty horse Andy to keep him company on the cattle drive. Read full book review >

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NED THE NEURON by Erica Warp
by Erica Warp, illustrated by Andy Warner, developed by Kizoom Labs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A rangy introduction to the parts of the brain and their functions that skips or dives, your choice. (works on iPad 2 and above) (iPad informational app. 10-14)"
A deep-dish serving of brain matter, but surprisingly digestible for all that. Read full book review >

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NED THE KNITTING PIRATE by Diana Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Cast on, cast off, and set sail for a great yarn. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Can one pirate ship contain both knitting needles and pirates' cutlasses? Read full book review >

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COWBOY NED & ANDY by David Ezra Stein
ANIMALS
Released: July 10, 2007

"Not great literature, but good fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ned and his best friend, his horse Andy, have come to Abiline for some rest and relaxation. Read full book review >

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ZEKE AND NED by Larry McMurtry
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A mock-heroic tale of culture shock and sudden death along our westering frontier in which the principals (whether red or white) are portrayed as simple-minded primitives."
Pulitzer Prize winner McMurtry (Dead Man's Walk, 1995, etc.) and his collaborator on Pretty Boy Floyd (1994) attempt to bestow mythic stature on a maverick American Indian in this for-want-of-a-nail yarn set in 1870s Oklahoma. Read full book review >