Search Results: "Tara Kelly"


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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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HARMONIC FEEDBACK by Tara Kelly
FICTION
Released: May 25, 2010

"Aside from one sudden sex scene that is too uncomplicatedly joyous to be credible, this is a nuanced, sympathetic portrait that earns its hard-hitting climax. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After living with a series of her mother's boyfriends, Drea and her mother move in with Drea's stern, ill-tempered grandmother in tiny Bellingham, Wash. 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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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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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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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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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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AM I THE LAST VIRGIN? by Tara Roberts
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"These reflections are as mesmerizing as the revelations offered on talk shows, and just as earnest, but do not withstand scrutiny on the page. (Anthology. 12+)"
Subtitled African American Reflections on Sex and Love, this is an uneven collection of personal accounts of rape, child abuse, incest, AIDS, abortion, homosexuality, and failed relationships (with men, with mothers). Read full book review >

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THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET by Tara  Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A tender, harrowing story of family, friendship, and the pursuit of freedom. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Forced to labor on an Ivory Coast cacao plantation, Amadou risks everything for freedom. 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 BREATHLESS by Tara  Goedjen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A plot-heavy saga. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
A Southern gothic about family secrets and a dead sister. Read full book review >