Search Results: "Tara Dairman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STARS OF SUMMER by Tara Dairman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"How Gladys rises to these and other challenges is the fun of the story, and despite the novel's flaws, middle-grade girls should enjoy the ride. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old girl who freelances as a restaurant reviewer (her employer doesn't know her age) finds it increasingly difficult to keep her job secret from her parents while dealing with the problems of being a first-time camper and counselor-in-training. 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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STARS SO SWEET by Tara Dairman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2016

"Dairman manages to blend an overabundance of ingredients into a tasty dish that series fans should eat up. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A 12-year-old girl who secretly works as a restaurant reviewer for a major newspaper juggles her professional life, scholastic responsibilities, and circle of friends, all while beginning a new school. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT HIBERNATION by Tara Dairman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Mildly amusing, with a silly, stomach-turning premise conveying sober concepts. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When a bizarre ritual goes haywire, Kids Say the Darndest Things meets Lord of the Flies.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 >

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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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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 >

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I THOUGHT THIS WAS A BEAR BOOK by Tara Lazar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"It's capably enough executed, but there are no surprises here. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An extraterrestrial spaceship crashes into the "Goldilocks" fairy tale in this mashup metafictive picture book. Read full book review >

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EDEN'S WISH by M. Tara Crowl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Imaginative but uneven. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old genie longs to live outside her lamp. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTORE by Tara Lazar
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"No need to invest in this 'store.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
If only monsters could be purchased to help out with everyday challenges such as gobbling up icky casseroles, providing the perfect amount of glow when it is dark or "frighten[ing] pesky little sisters." Read full book review >