Search Results: "Nina Bawden"


BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY MONEY by Nina Bawden
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"As in Walking Naked (1981) and Circles of Deceit, Bawden's contemporary truths, laced with a dark humor, fit—and pinch."
Bawden continues her preoccupation with familial Circles of Deceit (1987), here examining the concerns of middle-aged children for their mother, who has, violently and abruptly, become a problem to be solved—while the mother battles through a thicket of difficulties, alone. Read full book review >

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GRANNY THE PAG by Nina Bawden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1996

"As for the Pag—she may be one of the most eccentric, most beautifully drawn grandmothers to appear on either side of the Atlantic in some time. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An inspiring coming-of-age tale that's also a sweet transgenerational love story. Read full book review >

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THE REAL PLATO JONES by Nina Bawden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"The conclusion may be a bit tidy; but the path that Bawden's wonderfully individual characters take to it has enough unexpected turns to keep readers enthralled, while the subtext concerning the vexed nature of heroism—and nationality—is provocatively explored. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Plato (Jane's supportive friend in The Outside Child, 1989) accompanies his mother Maria to her father Nikos's funeral in rural Greece, Plato's self-image is thrown into chaos. Read full book review >

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OFF THE ROAD by Nina Bawden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"Tom, Gandy, and the family Outside capture and hold interest. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Bawden (Granny the Pag, 1996, etc.) veers into near-future fantasy in an occasionally heavy-handed novel. Read full book review >

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IN MY OWN TIME by Nina Bawden
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Bawden's observationsrestrained, expressive, often movingwill be best appreciated by those who share her love for the written word and by readers still not sated by her many fine books. (b&w photos) (Biography. Ages 14+)"
The affecting memoir of a born storyteller. Read full book review >

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HUMBUG by Nina Bawden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A splendid, thought-provoking story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With miraculous skill, Bawden places yet another set of vibrant characters in a compelling plot seasoned with cold reality, the warmth of enduring relationships, and moral ironies. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS NINA by Michel Rodrique
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"Middle schoolers saddled with mean girls of their own will glory in this one's comeuppance. It wouldn't be such a bad thing to have personal fairies to help with homework, either. (Graphic fantasy. 8-10)"
Trapped in a textbook, Nina, a purple-haired Everygirl, and her turquoise-tressed fairy friend, Sibyl, take an impromptu tour through history. Read full book review >

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NINA: ADOLESCENCE by Amy Hassinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2003

"Affecting, but lacking real teeth."
A grieving mother uses her daughter as an artistic muse, complicating and ultimately destroying the girl's vulnerable adolescence: an achingly straightforward debut set in the Boston suburbs. Read full book review >

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WHEREVER NINA LIES by Lynn Weingarten
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Sibling loyalty, quirky characters, misplaced trust and the very questionable kindness of a stranger guarantee a riveting read. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
In this gripping debut novel, a compulsive cross-country quest for her missing older sister leads 16-year-old Ellie to the terrifying truth. Read full book review >

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THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF NINA FINDLAY by Andrea Gillies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"In this middle-aged love triangle, the points take a while to connect."
Through the lens of a failed marriage and a lost love, a flawed but appealing woman recovers her health while dissecting her complicated relationships. Read full book review >

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NINA IN THAT MAKES ME MAD by Steven Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A little parental TLC finally calms the storm, as it usually does. (Graphic early reader. 6-8)"
A young child presents a catalogue of timeless irritations and injustices in a 1976 outing with art and text lightly massaged and reformatted for newly independent readers. Read full book review >

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THE DAY NINA SIMONE STOPPED SINGING by Darina Al-Joundi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2011

"A pitiless, steely narrative, alternately heartbreaking and compelling."
The story of one woman's reckless and liberated adolescence in the brutal atmosphere of 1970s and '80s Beirut. Read full book review >