Search Results: "Renée Rosen"


BOOK REVIEW

DOLLFACE by Renée Rosen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Once it finds its stride, this novel achieves a breathless finish."
A flapper marries into Chicago's North Side mob shortly before that gang challenges Al Capone's South Siders for control of Chicago's rackets. Read full book review >

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WHAT THE LADY WANTS by Renée Rosen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"If Rosen's intent was to portray Marshall Field in all his flawed complexity, it was not served by her choice of narrator."
Rosen's second paean to the Second City (after Dollface, 2013) is a fictional biography of the "Merchant Prince" Marshall Field, told from the point of view of his mistress.Read full book review >

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LIGHT IT UP
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1)by Renée Ahdieh

Cover Story: Spread Your Wings
BFF Charm: Heck Yes
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Feudal Fantasy
Bonus Factors: Shades of Mulan and Robin Hood, Mysterious Loner Dudes
Factor: Series Starter
Anti-Bonus Factor: Cliffhanger
Relationship Status: I Pledge My Allegiance

Cover Story: Spread Your Wings

There ...


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FOUR NEW SPORTY MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS
by Leila Roy

While I’m not particularly up on real-life sports, well, EVER—I vaguely track various seasons by what uniforms my younger patrons are wearing, and that’s about it—reading fiction that’s centered around sports is a whole different ballgame.

*pauses for groans to subside*

So. Here are a few new and upcoming middle grade sports novels—one that I’ve read, and three more that ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ONE VERY TIRED WOMBAT by Renée  Treml
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"Elegant, informative, engaging. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Count from one to 10 with some unusual avian creatures (and the titular mammal). Read full book review >

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TEN LITTLE OWLS by Renée  Treml
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"A chipper introduction to the nocturnal animals of Australia. (Board book. 1-5)"
Page by page, small groups of nocturnal Australian animals eat and play the night away. Read full book review >

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BARRY'S BEST BUDDY by Renée  French
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"A rare miss for this innovative imprint. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
Bored Barry's buddy has a surprise for him, but when will they get to it? Read full book review >

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WHAT MOMMA LEFT ME by Renée Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Warm, rich and satisfying. (recipe) (Fiction. 10-14)"
After her mother's death at the hands of her abusive father, African-American eighth grader Serenity Evans and her younger brother go to live with their loving grandfather, a pastor, and grandmother, a church volunteer, in this enlightening debut novel. Read full book review >

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FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2017

"This story (and sequels) will undoubtedly enthrall readers seeking a torrid, tortured romance in a trendy setting; still, a disappointment from an author capable of so much more. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
In a historical fantasy inspired by feudal Japan, the daughter of aristocrats finds a place among sort-of-ninjas akin to Robin Hood's band. Read full book review >

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THE SINGING TEACHER by Renée Guerin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"Silly and overwrought, then, rather than smart or scary, but with enough action, sex, and showbiz maneuvering to keep the pages turning."
Ambitious would-be actors are the pawns of a mysterious evil force in former actress Guerin's hyperventilating suspense debut. Read full book review >

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WHERE LOVE LEAVES US by Renée Manfredi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1994

"Daring and interesting, but also long and overly detailed, without a crowning message."
Nine intricately configured stories—many about fathers and daughters on the Italian south side of Pittsburgh in the 1960's—by 1993 Iowa Short Fiction Award co-winner Manfredi (see Williford, below). Read full book review >

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ONCE I HEARD A LITTLE WOMBAT by Renée  Treml
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"A passable visit to the bush. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Australian Outback springs to life. Read full book review >