Search Results: "Philana Marie Boles"


BOOK REVIEW

GLITZ by Philana Marie Boles
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"There's enough wish fulfillment here to delight starry-eyed music lovers and enough cautionary realism to reassure a worried Gramma. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Though comfortable with her private school, protective Gramma and house in Toledo, devoted underground hip-hop fan Ann Michelle Lewis sometimes wonders if she's missing out. Read full book review >

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BLAME IT ON EVE by Philana Marie Boles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Kid stuff. Barely-there plot and shallow heroine make for a meager first outing."
The misadventures of an ex-model. Read full book review >

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LITTLE DIVAS by Philana Marie Boles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It will be particularly welcome to young African-American girls who may recognize themselves, their families and their schoolmates, and who will be eager to know how Cass gets on at Clara Ellis Academy for Girls. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The summer her mother goes off to work in Ghana, 12-year-old Cassidy moves in with her father, discovers cracks in her relationship with her cousin and best friend, makes a friend of her new neighbor and discovers that hateful Travis isn't so bad after all. Read full book review >

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THE TEMPLE OF DOUBT by Anne Boles Levy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"It's imaginative enough, but it lacks the convincing philosophical worldbuilding essential to successful fantasy. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
A fantasy series opener pits adolescent angst against an all-powerful religion. Read full book review >

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THE WELL OF PRAYERS by Anne Boles Levy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A jumble of inconsistent plot, by-the-numbers romance, artless characters, and muddled theme. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
The sequel to The Temple of Doubt (2015) further explores the conflict among the god Nihil, the magic-wielding Azwans, and narrator Hadara. Read full book review >

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FUTURES MADE OF VIRTUAL INSANITY
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for Warcross by Marie Lu

Cover Story: Technicolortastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes!
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: Absolute Sci-Fi
Bonus Factors:
 Team Tournament, Cat-and-Mouse, Hackers, Easter Eggs
Relationship Status: Game On

Cover Story: Technicolortastic

Sure, I could dissect the issues I have with this cover. (Why do the innards of the title look like a digital ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2016

"A thoroughly engaging story that explores the question of whether the justice system can truly be impartial."
Boles and Hutcherson's true-crime debut tells the tale of an undercover officer's brutal murder at the hands of four youngsters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEFFERSON by John B. Boles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A stately, knowledgeable study jostling for space among the groaning bookshelves devoted to the third president."
A fully fleshed biography of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) that emphasizes his creative paradoxes and accomplishments. Read full book review >

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HOW I WAS BORN by Marie Wabbes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 1991

"Many families will find that this wholesome French import offers just the right amount of straightforward information. (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
Where babies comes from, beginning with Mom and Dad's courtship and marriage and going on to their pleasure in shared activities like cooking and bathing; then, ``that winter they decided they wanted to have a baby...So they made love.'' Pregnancy is shown from a child's point of view: Mom's changing shape, feeling the baby's movement. Read full book review >

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ARGYLE FOX by Marie Letourneau
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Argyle ably demonstrates that if you build it yourself, you and your friends will have a great time. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Outdoor playtime can be a challenge, but not for a clever and artistic fox. Read full book review >

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MAKING MISCHIEF
by Julie Danielson

One of my favorite pieces of writing in children’s literature, which began life as a lecture at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, is Patricia Lee Gauch’s “The Picture Book as an Act of Mischief,” which can be read here at the Horn Book’s site. Gauch starts out by paying loving tribute to children as mischief-makers—“Someone who ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A flawed yet worthy examination of undocumented immigration in the American South through the lens of young love. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Alma and Evan are teenagers living drastically different versions of the American dream in the southern United States. Read full book review >