Search Results: "Nina Payne"


BOOK REVIEW

FOUR IN ALL by Nina Payne
by Nina Payne, illustrated by Adam Payne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2001

"The final page lists the poem in its entirety, 56 nouns in all. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An artistic collaboration between a mother and son, this freshman effort is laudable, though somewhat flawed. 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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YOU KILLED WESLEY PAYNE by Sean Beaudoin
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"That said, this dark, cynical romp is full of clever references and red herrings, which will delight the adult noir fan and pique the curiosities of the observant outcast teen who's looking for a way to infiltrate the in-crowd. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
Tough, suit-sporting, no-nonsense high-school sleuth Dalton Rev stalks the killer who masterminded the murder of popular in-guy Wesley Payne. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Clearly written, chronologically organized and making good use of archival photographs and reproductions of other important documents, this is a solid introduction to an historical figure who deserves to be better known. (timeline, author's note, resources) (Biography. 8-12)"
Daniel A. Payne may have only been five feet tall and 100 pounds, but "the little bishop left giant footprints." Read full book review >

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SUMMERTIME WALTZ by Nina Payne
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2005

"A rich confection, beautifully delivered. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Opening with the full text of her lyrical unrhymed poem that begins, "Lovely the lateness / in summertime darkening," Payne recalls a summer evening where inside and outside merge. 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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PIECES OF PAYNE by Albert Goldbarth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Borges meets David Foster Wallace: Many interesting patches, but otherwise little more than an unengaging meander."
Sophisticated albeit highly elliptical account of a young woman struggling with an unhappy past in the face of present illness. 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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THE BEST OF JACKSON PAYNE by Jack Fuller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"An optimistic, intricately layered rewrite of The Aspern Papers, with grimy jazz clubs standing in wonderfully for James's sinking Venice."
Chock-a-block with religious imagery, mystical epiphanies, rhapsodic lectures on music theory and splendid evocations of the tawdry-but-hip jazz milieu, this sixth novel from Fuller (News Values, 1996, etc.), a journalist who is now president of the Chicago Tribune Company, reconstructs the life of a brilliant but doomed black jazzman through the eyes and ears of his quixotic biographer. 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 >