Search Results: "Tara Conklin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE GIRL by Tara Conklin
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Provocative issues of race and gender intertwine in earnest if uneven issues-oriented fiction."
Former litigator Conklin's first novel employs the increasingly popular technique of overlapping contemporary and historical fictions—in this case, the lives of a young lawyer defining herself in 21st-century New York and a young slave with secret talents in 19th-century Virginia. Read full book review >

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CITY KIDS IN CHINA by Peggy Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1991

"A good book that could have been excellent. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The team responsible for the well-reviewed Keepers and Creatures at the National Zoo (1988) here presents a less successful book based on their visit to China. Read full book review >

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COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Thyme's remarkable perseverance and resilience will inspire readers of Conklin's compassionate tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her younger brother's critical illness and a transcontinental move create upheaval in 11-year-old Thyme's life. Read full book review >

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WHERE I BELONG by Tara White
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"Though stories of contemporary Indian youth are badly needed, this one fails to engage. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A Mohawk girl adopted into a white family gets in touch with her heritage against the backdrop of the 1990 Oka crisis in Quebec. Read full book review >

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ALL FOUR STARS by Tara Dairman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2014

"This entertaining story about the joy of following one's bliss is marred by some clunky plotting. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A preteen restaurant critic is born. Read full book review >

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HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Neither gender really wins in this modern Much Ado About Nothing. (Romance. 12-16)"
Aurora's saving her first kiss for a mythical, modern-day Prince Charming, until a school production of Shakespeare requires that she kiss a longtime nemesis. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 1997

"Instead, she seems more than satisfied with self-indulgent prating and cataloguing her loves, teasing almost-dones, and other standards of young adult fare."
Imagine going back to college as an adult and reliving those nightlong conversations about relationships, guys, and ``doing it.'' Sounds pretty awful, doesn't it? Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Thomas Conklin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"B&w photos not seen. (Biography. 11-14)"
A new biography of the foremost boxer of our time emphasizes Ali's stubborn unwillingness to fit the low-profile ``Credit to His Race'' mold of his predecessors: his loud (and eminently quotable) self-promotion; his conversion to the Nation of Islam; and, especially, his refusal to be drafted, which cost him years of court battles, much of his career, and (temporarily) his title and boxing credentials. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"An important historical document, but not for general readers. (photos, not seen)"
A thoroughly researched but ultimately unreadable diary of a Civil War—era nurse and smuggler, edited by Conklin, a Gettysburg battlefield guide and lecturer on women in the Civil War. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
North of Tibet, bordering on Pakistan and Afghanistan, lies Xinjiang: a vast 20% of China's area, comprised of the terrible Taklamakan Desert (home to untapped petroleum and China's nuclear tests) ringed with oases fed by mountain snows. Read full book review >

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AN ANCIENT HERITAGE by Brent Ashabranner
NONFICTION
Released: April 15, 1991

A fascinating picture of this large but inconspicuous group (between two and three million). Read full book review >