Search Results: "Tara Conklin"


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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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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 >

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TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The numerous mysteries left unsolved point to potential sequels; here's hoping that their craftsmanship lives up to the concept. (Steampunk. 14-18)"
"Two o'clock was missing." Read full book review >

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THE LIST by Tara Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"Ison's fine writing is lost in this tale of relationship hell."
Ison's second novel (A Child Out of Alcatraz, 1997) is a bit of a letdown—as vague and drawn out as the breakup it describes. Read full book review >

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A CHILD OUT OF ALCATRAZ by Tara Ison
Released: April 24, 1997

"A compelling story, richly evoking a time and place."
A fascinating and wonderfully evocative first novel about life on Alcatraz—seen through the eyes of a little girl growing up on the Rock in the 1950s. 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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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 >