Search Results: "P.J. Haarsma"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"A pulpy (if disorganized) reward for those who have made it this far. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
JT's journey through the unpleasant Rings of Orbis finally starts to come together into a coherent narrative (Betrayal on Orbis 2, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SOFTWIRE by P.J. Haarsma
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A potentially compelling space mystery marred by inept prose and a muddled narrative. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
JT Turnbull and 200 children are about to land on the interstellar multi-species commerce hub of Orbis. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE by P.J. Hoover
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A pyramid history buffs and fantasy fans will delight in excavating. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Being an immortal 14-year-old pharaoh isn't all scepters and servants; there's also the overthrowing of a homicidal cult—and finishing one's homework. Read full book review >

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SOLSTICE by P.J. Hoover
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 18, 2013

"Generic, unthreatening, popcorn summer reading; ideal for those readers looking for more of exactly the same. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
This steamy apocalyptic-fantasy-romance novel reads like the product of a committee formed specifically to design a YA best-seller. Read full book review >

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WILD RIVER by P.J. Petersen
ADVENTURE
Released: June 9, 2009

"Particularly recommended for those readers not quite ready for Gary Paulsen's The River (1991) but still eager for realistic thrills. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ryan would be the first to tell you that he didn't want to go at all. Read full book review >

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MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD by P.J. Hoover
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A decent sophomore dig that won't require heavy excavation. (glossary, notes) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Combatting the god of chaos as he siphons every last drop of light from the sun is a prime excuse for skipping science camp. Read full book review >

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PIZZA WITH JESUS (NO BLACK OLIVES) by P.J. Frick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A wrenching but ultimately heartwarming memoir of how one woman's faith softened her grief."
A collection of Christian-themed tales of life's heartbreak and redemption. Read full book review >

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EAT THE RICH by P.J. O’Rourke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 1998

"It's all selective blarney, of course, and a funny, pungent paean to the glory of free enterprise as well. (First printing, 150,00; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
America's leading right-wing humorist (not a very crowded field, admittedly) turns to that dismal science, economics. Read full book review >

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DARK OF THE MOON by P.J. Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Clumsy prose, stereotyped people—and a first novelist who has to learn that in plotting the twist is better than the wrench."
An overwrought debut thriller set in the not-quite-ready-to-be-new South. Read full book review >

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HOLIDAYS IN HECK by P.J. O’Rourke
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Red meat for his fans, unlikely to convert new ones."
The prolific cultural commentator offers a miscellany of (mostly) travel pieces, a follow-up of sorts to his collection of war journalism, Holidays in Hell (1988). Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1992

"You don't have to share his peculiar, right-wing politics to love his fuel-injected prose—but it helps."
Flush with the success of his gonzo attack on big government- -last year's Parliament of Whores—the self-proclaimed ``Republican Party Reptile'' here collects his recent articles, mostly from Rolling Stone and The American Spectator. Read full book review >

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SUBWAY GIRL by P.J. Converse
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

"The light narrative tone in much of the book is often just the right touch; other times there's enough of a hint of the author's purpose—writing a novel in English for his students in Hong Kong—to interrupt the flow of what is otherwise a story with depth. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Chan Tze Man, aka Simon Chan, is falling behind in English classes at his Hong Kong high school, and he decides to leave school, even though he knows that he won't graduate without passing the final exam. Read full book review >