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OUT OF EDEN by Peter Johnson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A compelling portrayal of inevitable, realistic violence and evil personified. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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A family vacation goes asunder amid notes of Deliverance, religious delusions and frighteningly plausible violence. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENNY ALVAREZ by Peter Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"This friendship story will appeal to word nerds and those that tolerate them, and it may even produce some tears under cover of humor. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Benny navigates the treacherous waters of seventh grade with wit and sarcasm. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"In the end, Houdini realizes that writing has changed him and altered his perspective on people and life. Readers will feel the same way. And just try to get kids not to make their own lists or attempt their own novels. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A middle-schooler writes a kids' novel; an author writes an engaging, amiable read—and, presto, a tale about a boy nicknamed Houdini turns out magical. Read full book review >

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WHAT HAPPENED by Peter Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2007

"Perhaps this cautionary tale of male youth might find an audience among disaffected suburban teenagers; but readers should be prepared to hang on to the narrative as it slides between flashback and narrative just as the narrator hangs on for the ride of his life from the back seat. (Fiction. YA)"
This slim work, authored by an award-winning poet, is well written and even compelling at times, though nothing really happens and characters change minimally. Read full book review >

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LOSERVILLE by Peter Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"An interesting enough premise, but overall oddly constructed with little new to offer. (Fiction. YA)"
Lucas and his crew—eccentric Nate, hotheaded Derek and twins Phoebe and Coco—are typical teenagers, engaging in low-grade mischief and experimenting with drugs and rebellion. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A reckoning not without interest, then, but one that celebrates and commemorates without illuminating its subject. (Twenty-four pages of illustrations—not seen.)"
In The Rockefeller Century (1988), Harr and Johnson paid lengthy if uncritical tribute to the philanthropies of three successive John D. Rockefellers. Read full book review >

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GOING UNDERGROUND
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Straight Up With A Sense of Humor

Bonus Factors: Cults, Underground London

Relationship Status: Where Do You Think You’re Going?

 

Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors

The first time I saw the new ...


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PETER WATSON
by Gregory McNamee

Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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ALL THE WHILE THE SLIME WAS UNDER THE BUILDING
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)  by Maureen Johnson

Cover Story: A For Effort
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Twist
Bonus Factors: Ghosts, London, Creepy Old Insane Asylum
Relationship Status: Rebound


 

Cover Story: A For Effort

We love to complain about the horrendous covers that ...


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THE ROLLING STORE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"He closes the circle of the story so seamlessly that the illustrations in the first and last pages of the book clearly echo past and present. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Johnson (The Aunt in Our House, 1996, etc.) has an unnamed African-American girl recall her grandfather's words about the ``rolling store'' (an itinerant peddler's truck) that periodically visited a country crossroads when her grandfather was young. Read full book review >

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WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

Cover Story: Are We Out of the Woods Yet?
BFF Charm: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor
Swoonworthy Scale:
 0
Talky Talk: Descriptive
Bonus Factor:
 LEGO Batman
Ambivalent Factor: World Building
Relationship Status: It's Not You, It's Me

 

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ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >