Search Results: "Sheryl Berk"


BOOK REVIEW

PEACE, LOVE AND CUPCAKES by Sheryl Berk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"Cupcake recipes and baking tips are included in this overlong (for the audience) effort that misses the opportunity to effectively deal with bullying. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Can developing a successful baking club help a fourth-grader move out from the shadow of a persistent bully? Read full book review >

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SHOWTIME! by Sheryl Berk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"For those who dance to win—all others can skip the show. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dance competition is fierce for four preteens and one little sister. Read full book review >

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RECIPE FOR TROUBLE by Sheryl Berk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Fans of the first effort—and young bakers—will likely enjoy another outing, but it's nothing more than an average early chapter book in a crowded field. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Kylie and her friends, introduced in Peace, Love and Cupcakes (2012), are back for another bakefest. Read full book review >

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MISTLE CHILD by Ari Berk
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Fine bedtime fare for readers looking to cut down on their sleep. (Ghost story. 12-15)"
The bipolar young escort to newly dead souls introduced in Death Watch (2011) acquires potentially soul-corrupting powers and necromantic skills in this deliberately paced but strongly atmospheric middle volume. Read full book review >

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GUY LANGMAN: CRIME SCENE PROCRASTINATOR by Josh Berk
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 13, 2012

"Realistic grief, humor, camp, crime investigation—and plenty of good boner jokes. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Hilarious wit and serious gloom blend seamlessly as Guy wades through the year after his dad's death. Read full book review >

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THE DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN by Josh Berk
FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Only a clichéd fatness explanation (overeating) and the implausibility of such highly successful lip reading distract; but the funny, clever voice and the small but spot-on thread of deaf politics make this a winner. (Fiction. 12-16)"
This witty tale of mainstreaming, misfits and murder glitters like the "Future Diamonds" that coal-mine souvenirs promise to someday become. Read full book review >

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DEATH WATCH by Ari Berk
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Original ideas bog down in prosy, purpose-driven writing. (reading group guide, author Q&A) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Folklorist Berk enters the world of teen lit with mixed results. Read full book review >

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LAUGH LINES by Ann Berk
Released: April 20, 1989

Another investigation of the cracks in the lives of picture-perfect contemporary women—those who suffer booms and busts that Berk suggests are the legacy of feminism. Read full book review >

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RAIN-DROP AND PEEK-A-BOO by Sheryl Marie
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 2010

"A personalized picture book best suited for those who really love rabbits."
Sing-song rhymes accompany charming colorful illustrations in this lively twist on a pet adoption book. Read full book review >

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SAY IT AIN'T SO by Josh Berk
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Lenny is thrown several curves as he solves the mystery and finds a deeper appreciation of what it means to be a friend in this satisfying caper. (Mystery. 8-12)"
The second installment in the Lenny & the Mikes mysteries finds Lenny Norbeck and his friends Mike and Other Mike in seventh grade with a new case to solve. Read full book review >

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STRIKE THREE, YOU'RE DEAD by Josh Berk
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"An enjoyable baseball story that young fans will follow all the way to the bottom of the ninth. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Lenny Norbeck thought the contest to win a chance to broadcast one inning of a Phillies game would be fun. But it is murder. Literally. Read full book review >