Search Results: "Robin Joseph"


BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE'S TALE by Ruby Lee
by Ruby Lee, illustrated by Robin Joseph, developed by Skyreader Media
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2011

"A good-humored version of a traditional tale, sans source note but rounded off with a parent-pleasing page of discussion questions. (iPad folktale app. 6-8)"
A select set of quiet yips, howls and giggles, plus the occasional blink or twitch of a nose, add fetching notes to an abbreviated trickster tale with Latin American antecedents. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH KANON
by Clayton Moore

In an age when America’s intelligence services aren’t always portrayed in the best light, Joseph Kanon’s new novel about the Cold War seems starkly elegant by comparison. In our starred review, Kirkus says of Defectors, “...not since Le Carré’s A Perfect Spy has there been a family of spooks to rival this one.”

The novel is an intimate ...


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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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JOSEPH SCAPELLATO
by Richard Z. Santos

Joseph Scapellato isn’t from the west—he grew up in suburban Chicago—but like so many Americans, the mythic west was always nearby.  “My mom was and is an enormous fan of golden age Westerns: Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, all those dudes in white hats,” Scapellato says. “I grew up watching those, and she accumulated all these cowboy tchotchkes. I grew ...


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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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JOSEPH FINK & JEFFREY CRANOR
by Clayton Moore

Writing a second novel set in the weird world of Welcome to Night Vale was something of a litmus test for authors Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, reached by Kirkus separately by phone on the eve of their European tour. The new novel, It Devours! follows up their debut novel Welcome to Night Vale; it’s a thriller that Kirkus calls ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A CHICKEN FOLLOWED ME HOME! by Robin Page
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"A delightful and informative book for families wanting to raise chickens or learn where eggs come from. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
In her first foray as solo writer and illustrator, Page, Steve Jenkins' frequent collaborator (and spouse), presents a child-friendly Q-and-A to prepare children for the titular eventuality. Read full book review >

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I USED TO BE THE BABY by Robin Ballard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"Though this child is meant to be a model, he seems more patient and helpful than many children would be. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This effort would fall into the "new sibling issues" category, the premise laid out on the first page, "I used to be the baby, but now I am big. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHTWOOD by Robin Muller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2010

"Tamer than the virulent version by Jane Yolen and Charles Mikolaycak (Tam Lin, 1990), this does not include Elaine's pregnancy, instead relying on the artwork to picture her pining away for her love. (Folktale. 7-10)"
In this lush retelling of the Celtic tale of Tam Lin, the daughter of the Earl of March is drawn by music to the forest that has become the home of the dreaded Elfin Queen. Read full book review >

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9 NEW BOOKS TO WATCH FOR IN JANUARY 2017
by Leila Roy

PHEW! I finally finished listing my favorites of 2016, and now it’s time to start the merry-go-round up again and look at the new releases of January 2017.

Here are a few of the titles that I’m planning on picking up:

Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson

After a court case that was covered nationally, fifteen-year-old Mary is in “baby jail” for ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Emotionally astute, with a few gaps. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A relationship between Gretchen, who identifies as a lesbian, and Toni, whose gender identity evolves, suffers growing pains when the two attend college in different cities. Read full book review >