Search Results: "Todd Strasser"


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THE BEAST OF CRETACEA by Todd Strasser
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An odd combination of genres and tropes for fans of old-fashioned adventure. (author's note, glossary) (Science fiction/adventure. 12 & up)"
Moby-Dick on an alien planet. Read full book review >

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NO PLACE by Todd Strasser
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"For similar themes with less of a problem-novel vibe, try Sarah Dooley's lovely Body of Water (2011); nonetheless, Dan's experience with middle-class poverty is accessible and timely. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Dan is middle-class and college-bound, but that won't keep the global recession from taking his home. Read full book review >

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FALLOUT by Todd Strasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"This riveting examination of things important to a boy suddenly thrust into an adult catastrophe is un-put-down-able. (Thriller. 10-14)"
Strasser once again combines terrific suspense with thoughtful depth when the bombs really do fall in this alternate-history Cuban missile crisis thriller. Read full book review >

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CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE by Todd Strasser
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"A very welcome addition to the slice-of-life genre in YA literature that may help to change some real lives. (Fiction. YA)"
This gritty portrayal of the lives of homeless teenagers conveys the hopelessness of runaways and throwaway children with convincing realism. Read full book review >

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IF I GROW UP by Todd Strasser
FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"His heart is definitely in the right place; he only needs to hone his message. (Fiction. YA)"
Inner-city teen DeShawn fights to keep his head above water while trapped in a violent, gang-ridden nightmare as his friends and family succumb to drug deals, murder and shootouts. Read full book review >

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WISH YOU WERE DEAD by Todd Strasser
FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"However, realism is not the point here, and an impressive number of red herrings will keep readers guessing right up to the satisfying conclusion. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
Carefully plotted, this suspenseful novel blends the traditional with new tech details to successful end. Read full book review >

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KIDNAP KIDS by Todd Strasser
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 23, 1998

"Steven and Benjy's feelings, however, will be understandable to plenty of young readers, and just as close to their hearts will be the wish to—occasionally—take their own parents prisoner. (Fiction. 10-12)"
There's nothing like a terrorist attack to bring a family back together, as two brothers and their hyper-frantic parents discover in this wild, patchy problem novel from Strasser (Hey Dad, Get a Life!, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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HEY DAD, GET A LIFE! by Todd Strasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"1158, etc.). (Fiction. 10-12)"
Kelly and her little sister Sasha share a secret: Their father has come back from the dead—and, like an invisible genie, he's eager to grant their every wish. Read full book review >

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CON-fidence by Todd Strasser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2002

"While readers may identify with the premise of wishing to be popular even at a high price, the awkward narrative voice and the holes in the plot keep this from being wholly persuasive. (Fiction 10-13)"
In tackling the well-worn theme of a girl who aspires to enter the in-crowd, Strasser (Give a Boy a Gun, 2000, etc.) complicates the usual plot by introducing a female, middle-school version of a con man. Read full book review >

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CLOSE CALL by Todd Strasser
Released: March 15, 1999

"The last two-page chapter acts as a hasty exit, summarizing the resolutions; sports fans—and most other readers—will be disappointed by a near-total lack of action. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Strasser (Kidnap Kids, 1998, etc.) issues an unsubtle problem-solving clinic built around a baseball teammate's sudden change of behavior. Read full book review >

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GIVE A BOY A GUN by Todd Strasser
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Important, insightful, and chilling. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Vivid, distressing, and all too real, Strasser's (Close Call, 1999, etc.) latest work of fiction explores the minds and hearts of a group of students, parents, teachers, and community members whose lives are forever altered by a tragic school shooting. Read full book review >

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BOOT CAMP by Todd Strasser
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 22, 2007

"Only the scene where Garrett helps two desperate teens escape provides relief from the well-intentioned but heavy-handed expose. (Fiction. YA)"
Strasser explores the intriguing topic of militaristic boot camps, described as a secret prison system with 4,000 to 10,000 teens, but he undermines his effort with implausible characters and tedious violence. Read full book review >