Search Results: "Siobhan Vivian"


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A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE by Siobhan Vivian
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"Vivian is clearly an author to watch. (Fiction. YA)"
Ruby's 16th-birthday party is interrupted by the arrival of her father whom she hasn't seen in years. Read full book review >

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ASHES TO ASHES by Jenny Han
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Whittled down to a stand-alone, this might have been a classic of so-bad-it's-goodness. Instead, the series ends as it began: a tedious, overstuffed mess. (Paranormal suspense. 15-18)"
Supernatural and real-life drama collide in a revenge fantasy run amok. Read full book review >

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VUNCE UPON A TIME by Siobhan Vivian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2008

"The humor inherent in the premise wears thin with each plot twist and will likely leave literal-minded young readers scratching their heads where a simpler approach would have been just right. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dagmar the vampire loves his veggies, but he also enjoys his secret stash of candy, given to him once a year by his undead friends. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2012

"The issue is seldom front and center in books for teens, but Vivian refuses to falsify or avoid the uncomfortable realities that looks alone confer status, and their power is greatest when obscured by the pretense that 'looks don't matter.' (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This riveting exploration of physical appearance and the status it confers opens a cultural conversation that's needed to happen for a long time. Read full book review >

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SAME DIFFERENCE by Siobhan Vivian
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Emily's achingly real struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs. (Fiction. YA)"
Emily isn't sold on spending the summer commuting from her wealthy suburban enclave to the Philadelphia College of Fine Arts, but she might as well: Her lifelong best friend "Meg got a boyfriend and I got a hobby. Read full book review >

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NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL by Siobhan Vivian
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"It's rare to see second- and third-wave feminism square off in YA literature so successfully; don't miss this round. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Another powerful, involving exploration of teen girls' identities and relationships from the ever-improving Vivian (A Little Friendly Advice, 2008, Same Difference, 2009). Read full book review >

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FIRE WITH FIRE by Jenny Han
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Clocking in at over 500 pages, this attempt by Han and Vivian to craft a Carrie-meets-John Tucker Must Die novel falls very flat. (Fiction. 15-18)"
Revenge might be a dish best served cold but not when it's as unappetizing and bloated as this sequel to Burn for Burn (2012). Read full book review >

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THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD by Siobhan Vivian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 26, 2016

"The almost-dystopian setting of post-flood Aberdeen makes a beautifully surreal setting, even if Keeley's journey can't quite carry the narrative. (Fiction. 13-16)"
When disaster strikes a working-class town, the class clown learns her coping mechanisms don't help anyone. Read full book review >

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BURN FOR BURN by Jenny Han
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Readers will feel narratively whiplashed. (Fiction. 15-18)"
Revenge fantasies run riot (and disappointingly off the rails) in a new series from usually reliable experts Han and Vivian. Read full book review >

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THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY by Siobhan Dowd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"The message, grippingly delivered, is that kids, even differently abled ones, are worth paying attention to. (Fiction. 9-14)"
When Ted's cousin Salim visits London, he insists on riding "The London Eye," an immense observation wheel. Read full book review >

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A SWIFT PURE CRY by Siobhan Dowd
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 13, 2007

"Told through flowing eloquent prose, with strong Joycean influences, this engrossing and haunting tale will not let the reader go. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Shell Talent's life has been spiraling downward. Read full book review >

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THE BARTER by Siobhan Adcock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"A tale of troubled souls far too easily resolved."
A ghost, hungry for a love she was too proud to seize, haunts a young mother. Read full book review >