Search Results: "Nina Kiriki Hoffman"


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PAST THE SIZE OF DREAMING by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2001

"She needs to work on her titles, though: that's two horrid clunkers back to back."
Arriving too late for a full review, this sequel to Hoffman's fine hardcover debut, A Red Heart of Memories (1999), again features the witches Matilda "Matt" Black and Edmund Reynolds, and centers on the mysterious house that was the focus of the previous volume. Read full book review >

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MEETING by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"Lovely worldbuilding, an appealing heroine and detail that's refreshingly practical in its approach to the fantastic make this one stand out. (Science fantasy. 9-11)"
An everyday seventh grader has a secret alien best friend and a house full of magic-wielding mentors next-door. Read full book review >

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A RED HEART OF MEMORIES by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Abused teenaged runaway Matilda "Matt" Black survived precariously on the streets until she came to terms with the magical abilities that allow her to talk to inanimate objects shaped by humans—and to open "dream eyes" to read people's hopes and desires. Read full book review >

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THRESHOLDS by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2010

"Once the alien happenings commence, the novel quickly gains altitude, achieving orbit somewhere between fantasy and science fiction, well positioned to explore the opportunities each presents. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Maya, a budding artist, is still grieving her best friend's death when her family moves to Oregon. Read full book review >

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SPIRITS THAT WALK IN SHADOW by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"There will be a substantial adult audience for this companion volume; but the combination of romance, mysterious vampirism and college students solving problems on their own will appeal even more strongly to teens. (Fantasy. 13+)"
Upon arriving at college, Jaimie meets her roommate Kim, a severely depressed, synesthetic woman. Read full book review >

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A STIR OF BONES by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
HORROR AND GHOST STORIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The best of the three. (Fiction. YA)"
Susan, 14, begins to find answers in this haunting ghost story, a prequel to A Red Heart of Memories (1999) and Past the Size of Dreaming (2001). Read full book review >

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ABBIE HOFFMAN by Marty Jezer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Hoffman—and a whole doomed, inspired era—emerges vividly in this cleareyed, richly detailed work. (Photographs—24 pages b&w- -not seen.)"
A thoughtful, solidly researched biography of the wildly creative and iconoclastic yippie, portraying Hoffman as a fresh force in American political culture—and as a man ultimately sabotaged by bipolar disorder (manic-depression), which drove him to extremes and probably led to his suicide. 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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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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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 Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady G. Stefani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Chock-full of sharp tonal contrasts, this tale should appeal to readers with a hunger for alien adventure and an understanding of how it feels to be considered crazy."
A debut novel fuses a serious issue—the stigma of mental illness—with sci-fi to chronicle a girl's unusual coming-of-age. 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 >