Search Results: "Susan Kim"


BOOK REVIEW

WASTELAND by Susan Kim
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 26, 2013

"While Esther grows as a character and the story comes to an actual conclusion, the narrative shortcuts spoil the impact; whether readers stick around for the next two books is an open question. (Post-apocalyptic romance. 14-17)"
This trilogy opener imagines a post-apocalyptic, adult-free world in which the life expectancy is 19, due to desertification and disease. Read full book review >

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CITY OF SPIES by Susan Kim
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2010

"A nice mix of espionage, romance and adventure, this well-paced, well-drawn tale will surely appeal to thoughtful young readers. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
With World War II at its height, fledgling cartoonist Evelyn is embroiled on the homefront in what appears to be a German conspiracy in this retro-tinged graphic novel. Read full book review >

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BRAIN CAMP by Susan Kim
HORROR AND GHOST STORIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Smart, disgusting fun. (Graphic suspense. 13 & up)"
Ever wonder what would happen if the men of Stepford conferred with evil aliens and decided to open a summer camp? Read full book review >

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FASHIONING A FRIENDSHIP
by Leila Roy

I sat back and considered my words. They had to be enough to get me in. After all, I alluded to the loss of my mom without mentioning any of the désagréables details, and I talked about the constant moving without getting into the foster homes and the times we’ve lived in the car. I think it is best not ...
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A STUDY IN MUST-READ AUTHORS
by Bobbi Dumas

So you all are Sherry Thomas fans, right?

I sincerely hope so! She’s seriously one of the smartest writers out there, and for whatever reason, her novels hit all my romance buttons. 

Last fall she released A Study in Scarlet Women, an intriguing new take on the Sherlock Holmes canon. (It got a great review and was named one ...


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FISHING FOR UNDERSTANDING WITH BAO PHI
by Julie Danielson

Minneapolis-based writer and poet Bao Phi, who has made his way in the world of poetry (he has a poem in 2006 Best American Poetry and is a National Poetry Slam finalist), sees his debut early next month in the world of children’s literature. A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, is an autobiographical picture book, a tender story striking ...


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BACKLIST FAVES
by Leila Roy

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before, I love exploring backlists. Right now, for example, I’ve been working my way through all of Betty Ren Wright’s books—everyone knows The Dollhouse Murders, but she wrote DOZENS of other chapter books—and after reading Sue Macy’s Motor Girls for the Amelia Bloomer Project, I’ve been working my way through her older books as ...


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DIGGING DEEP
by Julie Danielson

Picture books are a greatly underestimated art form, too often dismissed, in the words of Maurice Sendak, as trifles for the kiddies. I’m about to teach a Summer graduate course, all about picture books, for the University of Tennessee, and I plan to kick it off with the usual request of my students: please try to go beyond merely “cute” ...


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NEW BOOKS I'M WATCHING FOR IN MAY 2017
by Leila Roy

Last week, I covered a few of the May YA romances I’m excited about—and last month, I covered Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy—but there are even MORE May books that I’m looking forward to!

Here are thirteen of them:

It's Not Like It's a Secret, by Misa Sugiura

Lots of things change for sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara when her father ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ONE SUMMER DAY by Kim Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1996

"A book with a drop of humor and a spoonful of wistfulness. (Picture book. 2-4)"
When Max, who looks about two, sees a tractor drive by his window, he is mesmerized. Read full book review >

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WHOSE MOON IS THAT? by Kim Krans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A visually awesome celestial exploration. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The question of who owns the moon elicits a range of verse responses. Read full book review >

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NO KIMCHI FOR ME! by Aram Kim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This brisk, bright family story effectively conveys a universal experience through a very specific cultural lens. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young Korean girl finds a way to enjoy a traditional dish. Read full book review >