Search Results: "Susin Nielsen"


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WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES by Susin Nielsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 12, 2015

"This savvy, insightful take on the modern family makes for nearly nonstop laughs. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A nerdy boy and a queen-bee girl become stepbrother and -sister in this comedy/drama. Read full book review >

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MORMOR MOVES IN by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"Pictures and text show how a good dose of kindness can salve sorrow's wounds. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl and her grandmother learn the meaning of loss. Read full book review >

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OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST by Susin Nielsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Another lovely outing from Nielsen. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Consumed with guilt over the death of her baby sister, a girl struggles simply to get through each day. Read full book review >

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THE RELUCTANT JOURNAL OF HENRY K. LARSEN by Susin Nielsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A realistic, poignant portrait of one teen who overcomes nearly unbearable feelings of grief and guilt. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A young teen reveals through journal entries how he and his family piece their lives back together after a tragedy in this dark but humorous story. Read full book review >

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DEAR GEORGE CLOONEY PLEASE MARRY MY MOM by Susin Nielsen
CLASSICS
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"This comic novel scores. (Fiction. YA)"
Laugh-out-loud humor deftly mixes with insight into a troubled girl's pain over her parents' divorce, keeping readers involved on every page. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC BEADS by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A talisman for anxious readers. (Picture book. 7-9)"
When a little girl living in a shelter has to produce something for Show and Tell, she is filled with anxiety until her imagination takes over. Read full book review >

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HANK AND FERGUS by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Despite the fun of Laliberté's bright, full-bleed illustrations, in which Fergus changes his breed to suit Hank's mood, this Canadian import is not a first purchase. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Hank is sure his imaginary dog Fergus is the only friend he needs. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY FAIRIES by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Taken alone, master storyteller MacDonald's work shines. (Picture book/folklore. 4-6)"
The magic in this Celtic cognate to "It Could Always Be Worse," summoned by an old woman's complaints about her housework, comes in the shape of crazy-cleaning fairies, who, as soon as they have washed the dishes, swept the floor, made the bed and done the knitting, undo all their work so they can start again. Read full book review >

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BATTY HATTIE by Virginia Nielsen
Released: April 1, 1999

"The wealth of information offered about bats is engagingly presented. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Harriet is a sixth-grader who feels abandoned by her mother, a musician who has parked her with a biologist uncle so she can tour Europe. Read full book review >

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BLACK ELEPHANTS by Karol Nielsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A memorable read that captures the hopefulness of falling in love and traces its sad trajectory into quiet terror amid the chaos of war and its aftermath."
A poetic and painful debut memoir about a young marriage filled with idealism and adventure that unravels under the pressure of daily life in Israel during the first Gulf War. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2006

"Well told story with an ambivalent ending reminding us that few of the factors leading to the condor's near-extinction have changed."
Barely 15 years ago, the California condor was nearly extinct. NPR environmental correspondent Nielsen tells the story of its recovery—such as it is. Read full book review >