Search Results: "Varian Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT GREENE HEIST by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"The elaborate bait and switch of this fast-paced, funny caper novel will surprise its readers as much as the victims. They'll want to reread immediately so they can admire the setup. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Trying to go straight, troublemaker Jackson Greene succumbs to the lure of the con when it appears Maplewood Middle School's student-council election is being rigged against his friend Gaby de la Cruz. Read full book review >

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SAVING MADDIE by Varian Johnson
Released: March 9, 2010

"Unfortunately, the cover condemns this book to Girls Only. (Fiction. YA)"
Five years after Maddie, then a blossoming 13-year-old, left, she's back for the summer in small-town Conway, S.C., all grown up with low-cut dresses to prove it, serving "penance" for the reputation she's acquired. Read full book review >

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TO CATCH A CHEAT by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A doctored video showing Jackson Greene and his eighth-grade friends sneaking in to clog Maplewood Middle School toilets pulls the former prankster and his crew into an elaborate set of strategies to catch the perpetrator and foil a couple of would-be cheaters in the process. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDREW JOHNSON by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Gordon-Reed incorporates views by Johnson's other biographers to create a fleshed-out, many-sided portrait."
A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country's challenge after the Civil War. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Peter Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"From the ordinary clay of words, Martin sculpts an impressive image of an extraordinary man."
Reliable, readable life of 18th-century England's most celebrated intellectual, lexicographer, poet, critic, biographer, essayist, Tory, travel writer and—perhaps most of all—Personality. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by David Nokes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Rigorous and scholarly, but an introduction rather than an advancement in knowledge."
A swift life of the author of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), whose corporal and hygienic eccentricities matched in uniqueness the brilliance of his mind. Read full book review >

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PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 5, 1992

"B&w photos. (Biography. 11-13)"
The fantasy world we build around professional athletes took a serious hit when this NBA superstar announced his HIV infection and retirement. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Lacks its subject's wit and fire, but displays Johnson in all his grime and glory."
A balanced view of the troubled yet triumphant life of one of literature's and lexicography's not-so-gentle giants. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"Take it as a tall tale, and watch the fireworks fly. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Seymour (Our Neighbor Is a Strange, Strange Man, p. 71, etc.) tells an enchanting story about a battle of wills between Farmer Puckett's wife and Jake Johnson, the new mule that Farmer Puckett bought to pull his wagon of fireworks to the town's Independence Day social. Read full book review >