Search Results: "Wendy Mass"


BOOK REVIEW

WENDY by Karen Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"This tale's not stellar as a stand-alone, but deftly exposes the incestuous darkness that underlies Barrie's original. (Fiction. 12-14)"
What was Wendy Darling's life like before the coming of Peter Pan? Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Absolutely no villains—even the witch who cast the spell gets to turn herself into a cat to accompany her feline companion—and a bunch of supportive parents, siblings and buddies make for a squeaky-clean read. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A reasonably charming middle-grade version of "Beauty and the Beast" has little bite. Read full book review >

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HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL by Wendy Mass
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A quick read with a commercial angle and an excellent cover (each word in a font evoking a different store), this will please readers but will be easily forgotten—much like your average day at the mall. (Fiction. 13+)"
Adequate but uninspiring free verse tells the first-person story of a girl whose life is summed up by a bag of stuff. Read full book review >

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JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"It may be a subplot or two in need of a trim, and the resolution will surprise nobody but Jeremy, but agreeable on the whole. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Years before he died, Jeremy Fink's father prepared a box containing "the meaning of life" for his son to open on his 13th birthday. Read full book review >

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PI IN THE SKY by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Science and absurdity frolic together to gleeful effect. (author's note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Astrophysics and cosmology play around with haphazard cheer in an experimental comedy that could be a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for kids. Read full book review >

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THE CANDYMAKERS by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Earnest and sweet, with enough salty twists not to taste saccharine. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Set in a candy factory as tantalizingly fragrant as Willy Wonka's, this half-mystery, half-jigsaw-puzzle novel is a mild-mannered cousin to The Westing Game and When You Reach Me. Read full book review >

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11 BIRTHDAYS by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Leo. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this slow-paced middle-school friendship saga, mildly spiced with a bit of fantasy, readers meet Amanda and Leo, best friends who have spent every birthday together since day one. Read full book review >

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THE CANDYMAKERS AND THE GREAT CHOCOLATE CHASE by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An overlarge recipe, tasty but flawed. (Mystery. 8-12)"
The winners of a candy-making contest track a mysterious but crucial ingredient. Read full book review >

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THE LAST PRESENT by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"While the tale has general appeal, it is most suited for devoted series fans, who will most appreciate the tying up of loose ends and revelation of long-held secrets. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The latest volume in the Willow Falls series finds Amanda and Leo trying to save a young girl through a series of eventful time-traveling adventures. Read full book review >

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EVERY SOUL A STAR by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Glowing astronomical details entrance. (author's note, further reading) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Three lives are transformed at a much-anticipated total solar eclipse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 4, 2017

"Baggott provides a wild but expert and comprehensive ride; readers will agree that while we have learned a great deal about matter, we still don't understand it."
An imaginative book that seeks the answer to the question, what is matter? Read full book review >

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13 GIFTS by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In equal parts philosophical and wryly humorous, this magical tale will satisfy both fans and new readers alike. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A rash decision involving attempted theft of a school mascot sets into motion a series of life-altering events for nearly-13-year-old Tara. Read full book review >