Search Results: "Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum"


BOOK REVIEW

MS. HEMPEL CHRONICLES by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"No sign of sophomore slump in this masterful illumination of character."
A subtle, dazzling novel about a fledgling middle-school teacher who reveals herself slowly, in layers, as if she isn't quite sure how much to show—to her students, to their parents, to the reader. Read full book review >

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MADELEINE IS SLEEPING by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Bynum is undoubtedly gifted with language and well-versed in literary allusion, but her first is almost unreadable and frankly sleep-inducing."
A self-consciously exquisite first novel, written in one-page (sometimes one-sentence) chapters, about the difference between a young French girl's dreams and her real life. Read full book review >

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NUTMEG AND BARLEY by Janie Bynum
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"The universal need for flexibility in successful relationships is the core of this simple colorful story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The setting is Moosejaw County where two neighbors have nothing in common. Read full book review >

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PIG ENOUGH by Janie Bynum
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"While the ending is a bit too good to be true, it's still a nice little lesson about pride and prejudice that speaks to kids in a way that's easy to understand. (Picture book. 3-7)"
No matter what he does, Willy the guinea pig can't seem to fit in. Read full book review >

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SEE THE WORLD THROUGH SCARLET-TINTED GLASSES
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Beneath the Shine by Sarah Fine

Cover Story: Beneath … the Shine
BFF Charms: Eventually, With Benefits
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Politechs
Bonus Factor: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Factor: Politics
Anti-Bonus Factor: Needs a Glossary
Relationship Status: Concerned Constituent

Cover Story: Beneath … the Shine

This cover is a little on the nose. It’s pretty, and the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ALTOONA BABOONA by Janie Bynum
Released: March 1, 1999

"Bynum's watercolors have a breezy ocean air feel to them, as light and buoyant as her simian heroine. (Picture book. 2-6)"
That Bynum comes up with so many lines to rhyme with "Altoona Baboona" deserves some kind of acclaim, even if the rhymes make readers laugh and groan at the same time. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Nonscientists especially will applaud Bynum's lively narrative, which certainly delivers on his opening line: 'Science is special.'"
A brief but panoramic account of science from Hippocrates to Crick. Read full book review >

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We Once Had Wings by Jennifer Shun
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A strong, sometimes-wandering effort about women trapped by circumstance."
In this multigenerational family chronicle, mother, daughter, and grandmother struggle to find happiness. Read full book review >

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VERACITY by Laura Bynum
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"In the book's final quarter, an all-too-simple chain of events leads to an unsatisfying resolution. Until then, this bleak vision of the future feels real and truly chilling."
Members of a knowledge-loving underground fight to bring freedom to the oppressed inhabitants of a dark dystopia. Read full book review >

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SARAH DUNN
by Megan Labrise

Somewhere along the line in Lucy and Owen’s marriage, the sex tapered off. The makeup, high heels, and date nights went out the window. The poop wound up on the wall. Again.

“Why is there poop on the wall again?” Sarah Dunn writes in The Arrangement, a big, bawdy comic novel (starred review) set in the fictional Hudson Valley ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SARONG PARTY GIRLS by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A rowdy tale, memorable language, and a very distinctive protagonist."
One young Singaporean woman's meandering journey toward self-actualization. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"A delightful take on the relationship between food, family and tradition."
One woman's quest to reconnect with her family by way of traditional Singaporean food. Read full book review >