Search Results: "Randi Barrow"


BOOK REVIEW

FINDING ZASHA by Randi Barrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"This effort will especially appeal to readers of Saving Zasha, but those who enjoy historical fiction will also find it to be an engaging read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In a prequel to Saving Zasha (2011), Barrow provides a mildly harrowing depiction of life in Russia during World War II. Read full book review >

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SAVING ZASHA by Randi Barrow
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A highly engaging and ultimately hopeful animal story with a strong sense of time and place. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In an evocatively realized post-World War II Russia, as some of the severe hardships of war are receding, 13-year-old Mikhail, his older brother, younger sister and mother are suddenly faced with a new peril when they decide to keep a beautiful female German shepherd after its owner dies. Read full book review >

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LIFE AS I KNEW IT by Randi Hacker
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Some moments are overdone—Andrea's daughter from an earlier marriage actually says, 'if he hadn't divorced my mother, he might not have had a stroke'—but overall, a poignant, easily digestible piece. (Fiction. YA)"
A clear-voiced portrait of a small-town girl and the aftermath of her father's unexpected stroke. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE SOUND by Randi Reisfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"At publication it will already be dated; stick with the sketches in Spin, Heavy Metal, and other periodicals. (b&w photos) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
From the stomach-wrenching perversity of Nine Inch Nails to the Celtic sound of the cranberries, the nine groups profiled here represent alternative rock's startling diversity, but this routine assortment of hype and soundbites does neither the music nor the musicians justice—and any survey that leaves out the likes of REM and Nirvana is bound to be seriously deficient. Read full book review >

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CONJURING by James Randi
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A must for magic-lovers: smart, sassy, and more fun than a hatful of rabbits. (Photographs—115 b&w and 75 color.)"
A history of conjuring that's lively, opinionated, and impeccably well informed—just what you'd expect from the ``Amazing'' Randi, master magician-turned-masterful debunker (Flim- Flam!, 1980, etc.). Read full book review >

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ON THE RUN WITH MARY by Jonathan Barrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Whether the book comes off as mad satire or just sickening juvenilia, Barrow suggests a writer who might in time have joined the ranks of William Burroughs, William Kotzwinkle, or John Kennedy Toole."
This crude, nightmarish picaresque describes the gross adventures of a teenage boy and a talking dachshund named Mary as they travel in and around London. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO LOVED TORNADOES by Randi Davenport
NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 2010

"A gripping memoir of motherly love and absolute devotion."
The chronicle of a mother's increasingly desperate fight to preserve her son's sanity. Read full book review >

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HAVE YOU SEEN ELEPHANT? by David Barrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Younger audiences will be screaming 'There it is!' from the get-go. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A small child plays hide-and-seek with a surprisingly elusive (except to viewers) elephant. Read full book review >

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A POSSUM'S TAIL by Gabby Dawnay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"This understated British romp will have readers absorbed in its details. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dawney and Barrow here offer the tale of a little boy who navigates the streets of 1940s London to visit the possums at the zoo. Read full book review >

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YOU DON'T KNOW ME BUT I KNOW YOU by Rebecca Barrow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"This compelling, closely observed debut charts its appealing characters' difficult journey with clarity and honesty. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Audrey's grateful for the life her teen birth mother gave her with a loving adoptive mother; 17 years later, Audrey, confused and fearful of making the wrong choice, must deal with her own unplanned pregnancy. Read full book review >