Search Results: "Tara Calahan King"


BOOK REVIEW

ENEMY PIE by Derek Munson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Invite readers to order up a bowl of Betsy Everitt's Mean Soup (1992) instead, or a slice of Margie Palatini's Piggie Pie (1995). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Bland pictures and superficial presentation sink this problem-solver. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUPERHERO MAX by Lawrence David
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"But it's his unwavering determination and quick thinking that's inspiring; with his father's gentle insistence, Max goes to school sans costume and ends up making friends the old-fashioned way—by just being himself. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What to do when you haven't found any friends at your new school and it's already (gasp!) Read full book review >

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FOUR BOYS NAMED JORDAN by Jessica Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Required reading for prospective parents. (Picture book. 6-8)"
What price faddish baby-naming? Read full book review >

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KING GROSSMAN
by Poornima Apte

King Grossman had just returned from participating in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests when Kirkus caught up with him. His desire to become an active citizen informs the backbone of his debut indie venture, Letters to Alice. The novel has a feel for the zeitgeist of our times with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring woven into its threads ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ODD VELVET by Mary E. Whitcomb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The story lands where it was headed; different is not odd when it's understood. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two newcomers celebrate oddity and making do with less in this story of a girl named Velvet. Read full book review >

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TWO LGBTQ FAIRY TALES
by Ana Grilo

2017 might already be here but I am still catching up with a few 2016 reads that I – sadly – was not able to get to last year.  I recently read two lovely YA Fantasy novels with LGBTQ characters and romance – and both had a fairy tale feel to them.

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >