Search Results: "Susan Strasser"


BOOK REVIEW

WASTE AND WANT by Susan Strasser
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Rummaging through the trash barrel of history has unearthed some choice, if occasionally dry, morsels of 20th-century culture. (b&w photos)"
—By their trash shall you know them" is the theme of this research-driven exploration of the rubbish and refuse habits of more than two centuries of Americans. Read full book review >

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CON-fidence by Todd Strasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2002

"While readers may identify with the premise of wishing to be popular even at a high price, the awkward narrative voice and the holes in the plot keep this from being wholly persuasive. (Fiction 10-13)"
In tackling the well-worn theme of a girl who aspires to enter the in-crowd, Strasser (Give a Boy a Gun, 2000, etc.) complicates the usual plot by introducing a female, middle-school version of a con man. Read full book review >

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CLOSE CALL by Todd Strasser
Released: March 15, 1999

"The last two-page chapter acts as a hasty exit, summarizing the resolutions; sports fans—and most other readers—will be disappointed by a near-total lack of action. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Strasser (Kidnap Kids, 1998, etc.) issues an unsubtle problem-solving clinic built around a baseball teammate's sudden change of behavior. Read full book review >

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GIVE A BOY A GUN by Todd Strasser
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Important, insightful, and chilling. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Vivid, distressing, and all too real, Strasser's (Close Call, 1999, etc.) latest work of fiction explores the minds and hearts of a group of students, parents, teachers, and community members whose lives are forever altered by a tragic school shooting. Read full book review >

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BOOT CAMP by Todd Strasser
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 22, 2007

"Only the scene where Garrett helps two desperate teens escape provides relief from the well-intentioned but heavy-handed expose. (Fiction. YA)"
Strasser explores the intriguing topic of militaristic boot camps, described as a secret prison system with 4,000 to 10,000 teens, but he undermines his effort with implausible characters and tedious violence. Read full book review >

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GIRL GIVES BIRTH TO OWN PROM DATE by Todd Strasser
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Best of all, the high humor doesn't detract at all from Strasser's serious but understated message about nonconformity and self-acceptance; it's there, behind all the goofy plot twists and effervescent dialogue. (Fiction. 14+)"
The prolific Strasser strikes again with a companion novel to his very funny first look at Time Zone High, How I Changed My Life (1995), and this one's even more fresh and irreverently funny than its predecessor. Read full book review >

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HOW I CHANGED MY LIFE by Todd Strasser
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"They'll love it. (Fiction. 12+)"
Her senior year is not easy for Bo (short for Bolita) Vine. Read full book review >

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THIEF OF DREAMS by Todd Strasser
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Richly layered and exciting. (Fiction 10-13)"
Left alone for a month, with an uncle he barely knows, Martin Hunter learns that not all is what it seems in this fast-paced second-person narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DIVING BELL by Todd Strasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"A contrived but topical story, with an intriguing picture of several native cultures in transition. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Strasser notes that history records the first use of diving bells by 16th-century Caribbeans trying to salvage treasure from sunken Spanish ships; in this novel, unfortunately, he stretches credulity in suggesting how. Read full book review >

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THE BEAST OF CRETACEA by Todd Strasser
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An odd combination of genres and tropes for fans of old-fashioned adventure. (author's note, glossary) (Science fiction/adventure. 12 & up)"
Moby-Dick on an alien planet. Read full book review >

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NO PLACE by Todd Strasser
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"For similar themes with less of a problem-novel vibe, try Sarah Dooley's lovely Body of Water (2011); nonetheless, Dan's experience with middle-class poverty is accessible and timely. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Dan is middle-class and college-bound, but that won't keep the global recession from taking his home. Read full book review >

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FALLOUT by Todd Strasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"This riveting examination of things important to a boy suddenly thrust into an adult catastrophe is un-put-down-able. (Thriller. 10-14)"
Strasser once again combines terrific suspense with thoughtful depth when the bombs really do fall in this alternate-history Cuban missile crisis thriller. Read full book review >