Search Results: "Ni-Ni Simone"


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UPGRADE U by Ni-Ni Simone
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Snappy, smart and perfect for fans of Simone's earlier novels or L. Divine's Drama High series. (Urban chick-lit. 14 & up)"
Seven McKnight, introduced in Shortie Like Mine (2008), moves from Newark, N.J., to New Orleans, La., to join her best friend Shae and boyfriend Josiah at Stiles University in this sometimes raucous, sometimes sentimental relationship story. Read full book review >

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NO BOYZ ALLOWED by Ni-Ni Simone
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Otherwise, warm, uplifting and entertaining. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Street-smart, heartwarming and hopeful without being preachy, the latest from Simone (Upgrade U, 2011, etc.) opens with 16-year-old Gem and her little brother Malik arriving at another in a series of foster homes. Read full book review >

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SHORTIE LIKE MINE by Ni-Ni Simone
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"In the end, it's a fun but forgettable read. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
It isn't easy being Seven McKnight. Read full book review >

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A GIRL LIKE ME  by Ni-Ni Simone
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Dynamic and interesting. (Fiction. YA)"
This Cinderella story of a courageous ghetto girl will appeal to many young readers who admire or inhabit a world similar to Elite's, a 17-year-old beauty trapped in poverty by her crackhead mother. Read full book review >

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IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Ni-Ni Simone
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"All style, but not much substance. (Fiction. YA)"
Sassy teen mom Toi lives with her son, her mom, her little brother and her cousin in New Jersey. Read full book review >

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THE BREAK-UP DIARIES by Ni-Ni Simone
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"Fun, if heavy-handed. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Lessons, frenemies and posturing abound in this pair of novelette-length bittersweet romances featuring African-American teens. Read full book review >

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GET READY FOR WAR by Ni-Ni Simone
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 26, 2013

"More tedious than scandalous. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Four hundred pages of posturing lead nowhere in a second volume featuring four starlet frenemies at elite Hollywood High. Read full book review >

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HOLLYWOOD HIGH by Ni-Ni Simone
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"More messy than juicy; for gossip-blog devotees only. (Chick-lit. 12-16)"
Four spoiled daughters of African-American entertainment-industry elite engage in constant posturing, cheating and back-stabbing as they attend exclusive Hollywood High. Read full book review >

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SIMONE by Eduardo Lalo
by Eduardo Lalo, translated by David Frye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Like the song says, you can't always get what you want."
Ah, love: if it didn't end badly, it wouldn't end at all, especially for two star-crossed lovers in modern-day Puerto Rico. Read full book review >

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LAND by Park Kyong-ni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 1996

"A much-beloved work in Korea (where it was made into an equally popular television series) that should find many grateful admirers in America as well."
An enthralling saga and panorama of Korean village life in the early 20th century (roughly 18951925) by that country's most highly acclaimed living novelist. Read full book review >

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RUDAS by Yuyi Morales
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A rowdy, raucous return for Niño and a dazzling debut for his most worthy rivals. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pint-sized luchador Niño captured readers' imaginations in the Pura Belpré Award-winning title Niño Wrestles the World (2014). Now he is back, but this time his baby sisters, Las Hermanitas, have come to steal the show. Read full book review >

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SIMONE WEIL by Francine du Plessix Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2001

"A superbly nuanced portrait of a tortured character."
A lucid portrait of the enigmatic French writer and mystic. Read full book review >