Search Results: "Phil Yeh"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE by Kat Yeh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Filled with enough characters and plot for two novels, Yeh's nimbly voiced, combination fish-out-of-water, personal transformation and emotional family tale is also stuffed with charm. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old GiGi moves from a trailer park in South Carolina to an upscale community on Long Island, she decides to reinvent herself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Heartfelt and quite lovely, but not magical. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Chinese folklore, the theme of the artist who brings paintings to life is told again and again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAY TO BEA by Kat Yeh
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Gets to the heart of middle school awkwardness like a sympathetic haiku. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Yeh (The Truth about Twinkie Pie, 2015) explores mazes, friendship, and individuality. Read full book review >

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THE FRIEND SHIP by Kat Yeh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A sweet, simple story with a nicely offbeat heroine. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All the animals are welcome to come aboard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BUBBLE WRAP BOY by Phil Earle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"As much as Charlie would hate hearing it, good things do come in small packages. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Charlie Han, aka "Tiny Charlie," aka "the Chinese midget," is used to being bully bait, the lethal combination of his oddly small stature and klutziness making him a shoe-in for the worst junior high has to offer. Read full book review >

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PRAISE OF MOTHERHOOD by Phil Jourdan
Released: May 16, 2012

"A heartfelt story that tackles grief through an honest, powerful lens."
Jourdan's background as a musician and translator comes through in a gripping debut memoir about his mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Fine folklore, nicely balanced between information and fun."
The origins of American cultural artifacts and how they became what they are today, told with zest by Patton (Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway, 1986). Read full book review >

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PRETTY VACANT by Phil Strongman
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"Sex Pistols fans will appreciate this one, but those looking for a comprehensive history of the era and its sounds should look elsewhere."
Music journalist Strongman (Metal Box: Stories from John Lydon's Public Image Limited, 2007, etc.) recasts the history of British punk as the story of two bands and a bunch of also-rans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REMAINS OF AN ALTAR by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

The spirit of Edward Elgar, Britain's greatest ecclesiastical composer, haunts the byroads of the village of Wychehill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A fascinating meditation on delusion and desire, this is an American tale."
Thomas Pynchon meets Hunter S. Thompson (stylistically) in a novelistic account of the US government's secret air base known as "Area 51." Read full book review >

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JIMI & ISAAC 3A: THE MARS MISSION by Phil Rink
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2010

"A lively narrative that ably combines rocket science, humor, and relatable characters."
In this continuation of a middle-grade series, a middle schooler weathers setbacks and self-doubt in his quest to build a working Mars probe. Read full book review >