Search Results: "Stephanie Barden"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

Cover Story: Fire and Water Big Faces
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You x 3
Swoonworthy Scale:
 2
Talky Talk: She Says, He Said, She Said
Bonus Factors:
 Unsolved Mystery, Loyal Pet
Relationship Status: Keeping the Fire Alive

Cover Story: Fire and Water Big Faces

It's rare, but every once in ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >