Search Results: "Patty Chang Anker"


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SOME NERVE by Patty Chang Anker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2013

"Lightweight but honest and inspiring."
A blogger's humorous account of how she transcended her "nervous nature…bookish upbringing and midlife responsibilities" to discover her courage. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING HAMWEENIE ESCAPES! by Patty Bowman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"His owner's gift of a top hat and cape that exactly match the ones he's lost along the way gives the narrative a circular feel that seems quite fitting for this repetitive outing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hamweenie the marmalade cat makes good on his desire to escape the confines of his everyday life. Read full book review >

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TMI by Patty Blount
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Relentlessly melodramatic. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A conflict over a mysterious boy met on the Internet leads two best friends into a fight, both online and offline. Read full book review >

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SOMETHIN' EXTRA by Patty Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Occasional clichÇs and repetitions detract from what could have been a wholly successful debut."
A first novel with all arrows pointing to predictability offers, instead, a few surprisingly fresh looks at the consequences of an adulterous affair. Read full book review >

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JIN JIN AND RAIN WIZARD by Grace Chang
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Jin Jin's fans will be best served by this heartfelt effort. (author's notes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The expression "waste not, want not" receives an earnest explication in Jin Jin's second outing (Jin Jin the Dragon, 2007). Read full book review >

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STAND TALL, MOLLY LOU MELON by Patty Lovell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Even if Molly Lou Melon's tale is a little too good to be true, she leaves readers with the feeling that anything can be accomplished if you are the best person you can be and make the most of your gifts. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spunky Molly Lou Melon isn't going to let anything get in her way, including the fact that she is short, clutzy, buck-toothed, and has a voice like a frog. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A parenting manual that's soft on research but warm, wise, and often original."
A debut guide to becoming a fun, supportive parent. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The earnest tone of the stories, coupled with the author's respectful inclusion of the phrase 'peace be upon him' after mentioning any of the prophets, may be off-putting to some readers, but teachers, librarians, group leaders, and parents will find this a very useful resource. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Khan, a Canadian Muslim who has written about Afghanistan in The Roses in My Carpets (1998), now seeks to engage youngsters in learning about Islam and the everyday lives of Muslim children around the world for the purpose of teaching greater tolerance and understanding. Read full book review >

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DISPATCHES FROM THE COLD by Leonard Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 1998

"Chang is an exceptionally talented writer, but his story would have been powerful and angry enough without a disruptingly fancy, and not wholly convincing, narrative device."
More blue-collar realism from the author of The Fruit ‘N Food (1997, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"Though it lacks the gravity and grace of Lynn Pan's Sons of the Yellow Emperor (1994), which covers much of the same ground, this is a solid addition in a far-from-exhausted field."
California-based historian Chang (The Rape of Nanking, 1997, etc.) searches out common themes in the Chinese immigrant experience over time. Read full book review >

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LUCKY by Henry Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite some great action sequences, the story, as usual with Chang (Death Money, 2014, etc.), lacks both variety and surprise. What keeps you reading, along with the customary warts-and-all portrait of New York's Chinatown, is the uncanny strength of the bond between the career cop and his doomed blood brother."
Chang's fifth novel is a turbo-charged requiem for a blood brotherhood rooted in an impossibly distant past. Read full book review >

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Released: May 19, 2011

"A handy, accessible, relatively useful package."
Reviews of 42 boarding schools in the U.S., U.K. and Canada by former students who have gone on to attend top universities. Read full book review >