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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A levelheaded, well-researched analysis of the many 'trappings of contemporary breastfeeding culture.'"
The pros and cons of using breast milk instead of formula for your baby. 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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BAMBERT’S BOOK OF MISSING STORIES by Reinhardt Jung
FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"The audience for this meditation on what stories are, and do, is likely to be deep but not wide. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Jung explores the power of stories to free writers'—and by extension, their readers'—imaginations from physical limitations in this brief, introspective import. Read full book review >

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WILD SWANS by Jung Chang
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Mostly, however, Chang offers an inspiring story of courage, sensitivity, intelligence, loyalty, and love, told objectively, without guilt or recrimination, in an unassuming and credible documentary style. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An exceptional tribute to three generations of courageous and articulate Chinese women: the grandmother, born in 1909 into a still feudal society; the mother, a Communist official and then ``enemy of the people''; and the daughter, the author, raised during the reactionary Cultural Revolution, then sent abroad in 1978, when the story ends, to study in England, where she now, at age 39, serves as Director of Chinese Studies for External Services, Univ. of London. Read full book review >

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EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI by Jung Chang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"In an entertaining biography, the empress finally has her day."
An impassioned defense of the daughter of a government employee who finagled her way to becoming the long-reigning empress dowager, feminist and reformer. Read full book review >