Search Results: "Wendy Popp"


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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WHERE THE SUNRISE BEGINS by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 18, 2010

"Readers probably already know if they will love this or not. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It may be that knowing this is another offering from the author of Old Turtle (1992, illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee) is all one needs for a decision to buy. Read full book review >

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ONE CANDLE by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Grandpa's comment would be problematic in any event, but out of the mouth of the husband of a Holocaust survivor it is troubling indeed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This Hanukkah story about a family's ritual reenactment of Grandma and great-aunt Rose's Hanukkah spent at Buchenwald many years ago during the "bad time" propounds a disturbing view of the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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TOMORROW WENDY by Shelley Stoehr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"Though the cast's adults are negligent or completely clueless, Stoehr gives her young narrator a saving sense of irony, and displays a keen appreciation for love's ambiguities and complexities. (Fiction. 14+)"
A Long Island teenager develops a crush on her boyfriend's twin sister in this steamy tale of emergent sexuality from the author of Wannabe (1997). Read full book review >

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THE WENDY PROJECT by Melissa Jane Osborne
Released: July 18, 2017

"An ethereal and haunting exploration of grief and death. (Graphic fiction. 12-adult)"
In this heart-wrenching graphic novel, a teen girl responsible for her younger brother's death must decide to accept the harsh reality or lose herself in escapist denial. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2011

"Perceptive and empathetic, but also gently unsparing—a superbly nuanced portrait."
From veteran nonfiction author Salamon (Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids, 2008, etc.), the authorized biography of the playwright who brought the dreams and disappointments of her generation of women to the American stage. Read full book review >

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WINDY WENDY AND THE SNORING ZZZzzz by Francis Pena
Released: Dec. 13, 2013

"Two intriguing stories that make sense individually but don't quite work when combined into one book."
Peña and Peña, in their debut, introduce readers to Windy Wendy in two children's stories—one a creation myth of the alphabet, the other a suspense tale. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Despite labored storytelling and fairly pedestrian prose, this is an important book because it helps readers understand the false-confession phenomenon, which accounts for a significant percentage of wrongful convictions."
True-crime story with an unusual—and inspiring—angle. Read full book review >

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STARS by Colleen Oakes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Dark, even horrific in its graphic bloodshed and psychological menace; but the nuanced portrayals—of a hero frequently excused by his whimsical glamour and a heroine too often dismissed as girlishly insipid—are riveting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The fashion for grimdark retellings of childhood classics tackles Peter Pan in the first of a trilogy.Read full book review >

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BOO! IT'S HALLOWEEN by Wendy Watson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A nicely understated change of pace from the more garish books for this holiday. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Continuing her holiday series (A Valentine for You, 1991), Watson uses here the same appealing characters and New England setting, cozily set forth in an assortment of cartoon-style vignettes and more expansive illustrations; but this time she takes a somewhat different tack with a text that includes less traditional material: While the straightforward narrative describes preparations and kids making their trick-or-treat rounds, the characters (pets, too) in the pictures are asking riddle-jokes that bid fair to steal the show (``What...do ghosts wear?'' ``Boo jeans!''). Read full book review >

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RABBIT STEW by Wendy Wahman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A book that forgoes the basics of comprehension in pursuit of purposeful misdirection. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A tale of foxes and rabbit goes for a twist ending. Read full book review >