Search Results: "Wook Jin Jung"


BOOK REVIEW

ROBOT, GO BOT! by Dana Meachen Rau
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"A straightforward tale of conflict and reconciliation for newly emergent readers? Not exactly, which raises it above the rest. (Easy reader. 4-6)"
In this deceptively spare, very beginning reader, a girl assembles a robot and then treats it like a slave until it goes on strike. Read full book review >

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LOOK UP! by Jin-Ho Jung
Kirkus Star
by Jin-Ho Jung, illustrated by Jin-Ho Jung
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Conceptually sophisticated; especially inviting for young artists ready to explore new visual angles. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What can sidewalk activity mean to someone high above on a balcony? Read full book review >

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THE NOT-SO SECRET SOCIETY by Matthew Daley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An appealing adventure; vibrant in characterization, humor, and imagery."
Some tweens face their biggest challenge yet when their science fair submission morphs into a colossal, candy-crazed gummy bear in this graphic novel. Read full book review >

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OUR GIFT-FILLED EARTH by Eun Hee Na
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"It's rare to recommend television over a book, but in this case, stick with How It's Made. For gratitude for nature choose Thank You, Bees (2017) by Toni Yuly. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Three young children explore the "gifts" from nature used to make items from glass and salt to cotton and cheese. Read full book review >

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GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES by Mike  Jung
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"The book never completely escapes cliché. Every chapter has lines like 'SOON EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHO I AM, CAPTAIN STUPENDOUS!' But this is a genuinely new sort of superhero story, and it will surprise even people who are tired of sound effects and capital letters. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This is a superhero story for people who've read too many superhero stories. Read full book review >

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A MAP OF BETRAYAL by Ha Jin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Subtle, masterful and bittersweet storytelling that operates on a number of different levels."
A plainspoken, even reticent narrative illuminates the complex loyalties of a Chinese-American spy, who considers himself a patriot of both countries. Read full book review >

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WAR TRASH by Ha Jin
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"Another brilliant installment in Ha Jin's history of modern China (The Crazed, 2002, etc.), written with his usual understatement and clarity."
The Chinese-born American author offers the fictional memoirs (historically based) of a Chinese officer's difficult years as a POW in the Korean War—and the more difficult return to China after the ceasefire. Read full book review >

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UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT by Mike  Jung
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"With its quirky, determined heroine, this is a good choice to add diversity to the shelves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Being the only Asian student in town makes the horrible but universal feeling of not fitting in just that much worse. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Difficult to decipher but arguably worth the effort."
A comprehensive theory suggesting broad and even radical societal changes to make way for the coming ecological civilization. Read full book review >

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WAITING by Ha Jin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 1999

"Ha Jin has established himself as one of the great sturdy realists still writing in a postmodern age."
A kind of Chinese Dr. Zhivago about a married army doctor who falls in love with a nurse during the Cultural Revolution, by Chinese exile Ha Jin (In the Pond, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BOAT ROCKER by Ha Jin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The narrator ultimately realizes what an innocent he's been, and the reader shares the epiphanies of this pilgrim's progress."
Since emigrating from his native China, Jin has earned considerable renown for his poetry, stories, and novels (Waiting won the National Book Award in 1999). But he's never been known as a barrel of laughs. Read full book review >

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A GOOD FALL by Ha Jin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Rich imagery—'drizzle swayed in the wind like endless tangled threads,' 'the streetlights were swimming in my eyes'—displays the author's poetic gifts, but some of these tales belabor the obvious."
First collection of short fiction in nine years from expatriate novelist Ha Jin (A Free Life, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >