Search Results: "Robin Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

STICK A FORK IN IT by Robin Allen
Released: July 8, 2012

"Murder is definitely at the back of the house in Poppy's second case, with jousting between exes firmly planted in the front."
A health inspector finds murder in an over-the-top concept restaurant. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE FRYING PAN by Robin Allen
Released: July 8, 2013

"So many characters that a cast list might have helped. Though many of them pass through without leaving much of an impression, Poppy's boss, Olive, and the quirky Trevor, each of whom appears only briefly, are worth savoring; Allen (Stick a Fork In It, 2012, etc.) should take note."
The character-heavy mystery of a murdered chef. Read full book review >

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IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT by Robin Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2011

"First-timer Allen delivers a breezy and likable menu with perhaps a tad too much panting after Jamie."
Deboning the chef. Read full book review >

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(BAD) BOY MEETS (GOOD) GIRL
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

 

Cover Story: Surprisingly Accurate
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Easy Breezy
Bonus Factors: Bad Boy, Catering
Anti-Bonus Factor: Eyebrow Piercing
Relationship Status: Fling

Cover Story: Surprisingly Accurate

At first glance, this cover screams STOCK PHOTO. Well, actually, it screams ROMANCE, but it's also saying ...


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THEY JUST KNOW by Robin Yardi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2015

"The dichotomy between the anthropomorphized scenes and the realistic ones artfully highlights the divide between the animal world and the human one. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Drawing a line between human and animal behaviors, this debut from Yardi teaches children about instinctual behaviors. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON BECOMES THE BOY NEXT DOOR
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Cover Story: Thumbs Up
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Graduate of the School of Sarah Dessen
Bonus Factors: Cameron Quick, Surfing
Relationship Status: This Ain't No Puppy Love

 

Cover Story: Thumbs Up

The typeface on this cover looks like it came straight out of a ...


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LUMBERJANES TO THE MAX
by Julie Danielson

Have you heard the happy Lumberjanes news? Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! is on shelves now from New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki. She has adapted the comic book series to novel format for middle-grade readers, complete with spot illustrations from Brooke Allen. I chatted, very briefly, with Tamaki, who is excited about this new project. But then, for the love ...


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THE SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOKS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IN APRIL
by John DeNardo

April is bringing a whole new enticing batch of science fiction and fantasy books that will stretch your imagination. Here's a selection of the ones that will be generating the most buzz. You'll find fallen angels, Death's assistant, human refugees in space, a revolution against the One Percent, matriarchal lunar colonies, giant robots, genetic thrills, biotech-weird, and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WHO'S AT THE DOOR? by Jonathan Allen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A winning and funny variation on an old theme. (Picture book. 3-8)"
It's the shifty-eyed wolf at the pigs' door, but neither his several disguises (a blowzy old lady; a policeman) nor the mendacious reasons he offers for coming in (``I've locked myself out...Can I...use your phone?''; ``There's a suspicious old lady in the area'') deceive the three pigs; once they've had enough, they concoct their own disguise and frighten the wolf away with a satisfyingly clever role reversal. Read full book review >

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POOR LITTLE GUY by Elanna Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"A clear victory for a pufferfish and, more importantly, readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A small, bespectacled pufferfish must face the everyday reality of being a small fish in a world full of big fishes. Read full book review >

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MUSIC FOR ALICE by Allen Say
FICTION
Released: March 29, 2004

"Each of Say's exquisite paintings tells a story; together they create a moving testament to a life of hard work and dreams—dreams that find fulfillment in unanticipated ways. (Picture book. All ages)"
Understated full-page water-color paintings and a spare text tell the life story of Alice Sumida, who "loved dancing more than anything else." Read full book review >

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ITSY MITSY RUNS AWAY by Elanna Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2011

"The irresistible tug of clever language combines with visual pizzazz to make this runaway story a runaway hit. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Itsy Mitsy may be teeny tiny, but she has BIG issues with bedtime. Read full book review >