Search Results: "Tara Altebrando"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE by Tara Altebrando
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Despite the evergreen theme, Julia's whining is more likely to turn readers off than help them relate to her. (Fiction. 9-11)"
As soon as new neighbor Alyssa shows up, Taylor is mesmerized, leaving best friend Julia feeling threatened. Read full book review >

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MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS by Tara Altebrando
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"Altebrando neatly integrates humor and poignancy into a middle-grade tale of change. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Kate learns that her beloved home, Big Red, is going on the market, she is determined to stop the sale—or at least postpone it until her first dance competition. Read full book review >

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THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR (PATHETIC) LIFE by Tara Altebrando
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2012

"Funny and nostalgic, a highly contemporary riff on a timeless rite of passage. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
It's the week before high school graduation, time for the annual Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. Over a long day, Mary and the three other members of her team will bond one last time, settle old scores with rival teams, and pursue the elusive prize: a giant lawn-ornament Yeti. Read full book review >

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THE LEAVING by Tara Altebrando
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2016

"A twisting and turning mystery that will grip readers even if it is at times a bit difficult to follow. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Five teens who were part of a group of six that vanished as kindergartners reappear as mysteriously as they went missing in this thriller. Read full book review >

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THE POSSIBLE by Tara Altebrando
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"A narrative deaf to adoption's difficult complexities: the ties that may no longer bind but never disappear. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Kaylee's birth mother, Crystal, claimed telekinetic powers before she was convicted of murdering Kaylee's little brother, Jack; 13 years later, Liana, a journalist revisiting the story for her podcast, wants to know if Kaylee's inherited Crystal's ability. Read full book review >

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DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB by Tara Altebrando
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 12, 2011

"The result is a memorable tale of personal growth and acceptance that will make teens eager to join a Dreamland Social Club of their own. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In this evocative homage to Coney Island, the "Playground of the World," a 16-year-old girl searches for clues about the mother she barely remembers. Read full book review >

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ELEGY by Tara Hudson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 4, 2013

"The thin plot spreads itself across nearly 400 pages, and characters spend more time discussing what to do than actually doing it: a miss. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Like its heroine, this series conclusion never quite comes to life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARISE by Tara Hudson
Released: June 5, 2012

"A creditable second act; genre fans won't be disappointed. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
This sequel to Hereafter (2011) finds Amelia still dead but not loving it. Touching Joshua Mayhew remains a thrill, but whenever things heat up, Amelia tends to de-materialize, which definitely puts a crimp in their romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAR ES SALAAM by Tara Kai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Africa is more than window-dressing here, and the workings of Tatum's mind are wonderfully, if exhaustively, revealed in all their blooming, buzzing confusion."
Short-fiction writer Kai draws on her experiences in Tanzania to debut with an eerily honest story of adolescent obsession that conjures up Nabokov even as it offers a fresh and grounded view of East Africa. Read full book review >

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SEASON'S CHRISTMAS QUEST by Tara Pollard
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Fans of animal tales will gobble up this tale of a dog who loves his girland ends up saving the world."
In this holiday novelfor middle graders, a dog's quest to save his master's daughterbecomes a journey to save the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMPLIFIED by Tara Kelly
FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A treat for industrial-rock lovers; a pleasant summer read for others. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
This chronicle of a shy guitarist's summer living with a rock band poses bigger questions than it answers but tells a likable story nonetheless. Read full book review >

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HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson
ADVENTURE
Released: June 7, 2011

"Being dead, Amelia has a better excuse than most for lacking a career goal beyond finding bliss with the one living guy who can see her. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Amelia knows she's dead and that she drowned, but little more. Read full book review >