Search Results: "Samantha Van Leer"


BOOK REVIEW

OFF THE PAGE by Jodi Picoult
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"Though it lacks the depth of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series, the story is at its best when it's taken as a metafictive exploration of the relationship between a reader and a beloved book. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
What happens when a happily-ever-after is no longer guaranteed? Read full book review >

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BETWEEN THE LINES by Jodi Picoult
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"Fizzy fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
In her first foray into teen fiction, Picoult and her co-author daughter deliver an enjoyable, metafictive twist on the traditional teen-romance novel. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN'S SPYMASTER by Samantha Seiple
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"The absorbing subject matter will carry readers past design hiccups. (source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A Scottish immigrant who came to America on the run from the law established the agency that stopped an early plot against Abraham Lincoln and became the best known detective of his era. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS IN THE FOG by Samantha Seiple
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An enlightening account full of compelling stories of survival and perseverance. Pair this with Karen Hesse's fictional account, Aleutian Sparrow (2003). (sources, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A little-known story from World War II shows the unique role played by a small group of military personal and native civilians in a remote region of the county. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2003

"Deeply satisfying account of a rotten crime solved by chemical sleuthing."
The expertly told story of a murder and a molecule. Read full book review >

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THE STEPMOTHERS’ SUPPORT GROUP by Samantha Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 2010

"Although Baker gives lip service to the needs of children and birth parents, her sympathies clearly lie with her self-absorbed stepmothers."
The title gives readers a clear idea what they'll find in British magazine editor Baker's first novel—chick-lit romance with kids thrown in. Read full book review >

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THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"The first of a projected set of seven novels, this book is for those who like their dystopian science fiction multilayered, philosophical and complex to the point of impenetrability."
A futuristic novel that presents an alternative universe of seers, soothsayers and even such esoterica as rhabdomancers—and their enemies. Read full book review >

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I KNOW I AM, BUT WHAT ARE YOU? by Samantha Bee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"The book will certainly please longtime fans, whether or not it attracts new ones."
A hit-and-miss debut collection of humorous essays from Daily Show correspondent Bee. Read full book review >

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UNTIL YOU'RE MINE by Samantha Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Fewer red herrings would have made this a better read, but Hayes' tale succeeds despite them."
Told from the points of view of three women whose lives intertwine, Hayes (Someone Else's Son, 2011, etc.) sets her new novel in Birmingham, England, and spins out a plot that twists and turns from beginning to the end. Read full book review >

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THE INVENTION OF EVERYTHING ELSE by Samantha Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2008

"A bold but failed attempt to combine magic realism and intellectual fiction."
In her second novel, Hunt (The Seas, 2004) imagines the final days of Nikola Tesla. Read full book review >

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MR. SPLITFOOT by Samantha Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A truly fantastic novel in which the blurring of natural and supernatural creates a stirring, visceral conclusion."
Foster children, abandoned houses, and craters left by meteorites weave together a strange and frightening ghost story. Read full book review >

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ONE MORE KISS  by Samantha Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Unexceptional but appealing, especially to readers looking for less sex in their contemporary romance."
When rock star Matt Reed is hounded and ridiculed by the press, causing him to question his talent and his future, he takes refuge at his childhood best friend's house, in the hometown he swore he'd never go back to, and winds up in love with his friend's younger sister, Vivienne. Read full book review >