Search Results: "Ric Klass"


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EXCUSE ME FOR LIVING by Ric Klass
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A fractured experiment in multiformat storytelling that reads like a vanity project."
The pretty-boy heir to a junkyard empire lands himself in high-society rehab after plunging off the George Washington Bridge. Read full book review >

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Be by Ric Colegrove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2014

"An entertaining rookie offering perhaps enjoyed by religiously and morally curious young adults."
Spiritual and moral lessons feature prominently in Colegrove's debut fantasy, a playful coming-of-age adventure. Read full book review >

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SECOND IMPACT by David Klass
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Most of all, the passion that Carla brings to telling her story and the desire Jerry has for his team's success will resonate with aspiring journalists and teen sports fans alike. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Carla Jenson, sports reporter for her school paper, convinces Jerry Downing, star quarterback and excellent writer, to blog about the team's season—a novel idea with unexpected repercussions. Read full book review >

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SCREEN TEST by David Klass
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"While Klass's protagonist here isn't much different, except physically, from his male heroes, she demonstrates the inner strength to cope with challenges overt and subtle, and to make savvy choices in the clutch. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Can a high-school sophomore from New Jersey keep her head and her heart when Hollywood calls? Read full book review >

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BABY DOCTOR by Perri Klass
Released: May 1, 1992

"Klass employs an admirably smooth, breezy honesty, yet much of her material feels too pat and too calculated for publication to be really moving or illuminating."
Klass (Other Women's Children, 1990, etc.) describes her pediatric internship and residency, stitching together previously published pieces from The New York Times Magazine and elsewhere with rambling journal entries and present-day commentaries on that sleep-deprived, transformative time. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Sheer fluff and nonsense, but if the first two are popular, this one will rocket off the shelves. (Science fiction. YA)"
Breakneck pacing and ecological earnestness supplant coherent storytelling in the over-the-top culmination of this time-travel trilogy. Read full book review >

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HOME OF THE BRAVES by David Klass
SPORTS
Released: Oct. 30, 2002

"While it lacks the brilliance and humor of Klass's You Don't Know Me (2001), overall this is a solid school and sports story that will find a ready audience. (Fiction. 12+)"
While better written and more psychologically complex than most sports fiction, this compelling offering still follows a standard sports plot: the main character feels threatened by a new, outstanding player on his team. Read full book review >

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DANGER ZONE by David Klass
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"The plot runs a predictable, tried-and-true course, but the author festoons it with frank, thoughtful observations about fathers and sons, city versus small town values, race, friendship, and courage. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Tapped for an international junior tournament, a small-town high school basketball star goes one-on-one with a hostile teammate and with his own fears. Read full book review >

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CALIFORNIA BLUE by David Klass
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A rich story, capped by a brilliantly crafted, multilayered reconciliation between father and son. (Fiction. 11+)"
Klass writes a sort of enriched sports fiction, combining vividly told stories of athletic competition with perceptive explorations of character and social themes. Read full book review >

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THE MERCY RULE by Perri Klass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2008

"Klass plays it too safe here, with wise cracks and glib feel-good moments replacing real drama and self-exploration."
Pediatrician Klass (The Mystery of Breathing, 2004, etc.) offers a mild, episodic novel about a tough but warmhearted pediatrician whose life as a doctor, wife and mother is informed by her own childhood in foster care. Read full book review >

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GRANDMASTER by David Klass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"The paint-by-numbers plot and unimaginative dialogue are unlikely to encourage anyone but the most die-hard chess aficionado to finish this rote problem novel. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A mediocre high school chess player discovers his perfectly ordinary father is a former grandmaster in this standard-issue father-son relationship story. Read full book review >