Search Results: "Stephanie Barden"


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THE SUPER SECRET MYSTERY by Stephanie Barden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Charming. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cinderella Smith, shoe-losing third-grader, is back, now facing the challenges of a research project. Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA SMITH by Stephanie Barden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2011

"Though the first-person narration sounds a little too close to the voice of Sara Pennypacker's Clementine, the richness of this new friendship and the gentle resolution will make readers hope for another installment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Cinderella Smith cannot keep track of her shoes. Read full book review >

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THE MORE THE MERRIER by Stephanie Barden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"The invented words, the spelling bee and Cinderella's voice, which is maturing and becoming more likable, make this a great offering for youngsters who are figuring out the confusing social terrain of third grade. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Cinderella Smith knows how to spell and define many words, but sometimes the hardest word to understand is friendship. Read full book review >

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STEINBECK IN VIETNAM by John Steinbeck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2012

"Sometimes Steinbeckian in texture and bite, but often tone-deaf, tendentious and surpassingly sad."
A collection of the pro-war pieces filed from Southeast Asia for Newsday by the Nobel laureate not long before his death. Read full book review >

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ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"A satisfying dose of first love's physical and emotional thrall. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Engaging teen characters with page-turning love lives offer ample vicarious pleasures. Read full book review >

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TORN by Stephanie Guerra
Released: April 1, 2012

"A strong new voice. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This engrossing story of a good girl's fascination with her wild new friend strikes chords that will resonate with many teens. Read full book review >

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RENEGADE MAGIC by Stephanie Burgis
Released: April 3, 2012

"Recommended for readers who like their fantasy seasoned with feisty characters and nonstop action. Roll over, Jane Austen! (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 10 & up)"
Kat Stephenson, incorrigible as ever, returns to sow more magical chaos in a Regency England where families tainted by witchcraft are shunned in polite Society. Read full book review >

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ELVIS & OLIVE by Stephanie Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Watson has penned a satisfying friendship story with drama and humor in fine balance. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Unconventional Annie, Natalie's new neighbor, is quite different from Natalie's polite private-school friends and her untidy house a contrast to Natalie's ordered one. Read full book review >

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THE LUCKY ONES by Stephanie Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

The prevailing sensibility in this relic of a novel hearkens back to a simpler time, perhaps mid-20th century, when young girls knew the difference between a magnum of champagne and a regular old bottle, Mom wore pearls, everyone on the island went to the club and Grandfather's kindly African-American cook was named Sheba. Read full book review >

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I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE by Stephanie Kuehnert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2008

"Lengthy scenes of Emily's mom hooking, drinking, shooting up and feeling empty make the obvious point that their lives are parallel, but the device neglects the principle that in the world of YA fiction, less is usually more. (Fiction. YA)"
Proud, headstrong and slutty, aspiring punk Emily Black longs to start her own band and find her mother, who disappeared when she was only four. Read full book review >