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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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 >

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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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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 >

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THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Original and sobering, Adelina is an antihero of nigh-unremitting darkness: an unusual young woman in the mold of such archetypes as Lucifer, Macbeth, and Darth Vader—and even Kissin' Kate Barlow from Holes. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A heroine's tragic tumble dominates the second volume of this trilogy. Read full book review >

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THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 4, 2014

"Breathtaking, tragic and true. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Rich characterization, exquisite worldbuilding and rock-solid storytelling make this a fantasy of unusual intelligence and depth. Read full book review >