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Book Review: Crying Laughing

Book Review

Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin

Publishing date: November 19, 2019

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5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If we couldn't get more of Denton Little, at least we have Winnie Friedman. Cleverly written story about comedy without being forced and corny -- quite an achievement. Makes me want to start an improv club for my students!

Even though I know a bat mitzvah is for girls and a bar mitzvah is for boys, and the reader is…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on September 8, 2019 at 11:12am — No Comments

Book Review: The Twilight Man

Book Review

The Twilight Man

a graphic novel by Koren Shadmi

Publish date: 08 Oct 2019

Read courtesy of Netgalley.com

I don't care whether you're a fan of "The Twilight Zone" or not. This graphic novel biography about Rod Serling is excellent. It's strength is that it showed the evolution of the man and his storytelling. The drawings were clear and not confusing while maintaining drama and emotion. It was a quick read for 169 pages. And the ending…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on June 12, 2019 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Book Review: The Liars of Mariposa Island

Book Review

The Liars of Mariposa Island

by Jennifer Mathieu

Publication Date 17 Sep 2019

Read courtesy of NetGalley.com

I have to be honest; I forgot what the title of this book was while I was reading it. Now that I see it has the word "Liars" in it, the book makes more sense. It's about liars. I like the book a 1/2 star better than I did before remembering the title.

The story is about a dysfunctional family fooling itself…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on June 11, 2019 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Book Review: The Stone Rainbow

The Stone Rainbow

by Liane Shaw

Pub Date: 17 Sep 2019  

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My first note to myself early in the book was, "As a straight person, I've been curious about this. Maybe I'll find out," in reaction to Jack wondering how to find out if someone he might be interested in is gay or not.   It ends up that I don't explicitly "find out," due mainly to the fact that there's nothing to "find out."…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on May 30, 2019 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Book Review: Flutter

Flutter

by Gina Linko

Pub Date: 23 Oct 2012  

read courtesy of Netgalley.com



Note: I, too, received this as a galley copy to review many years ago, but I just got around to posting about it.



This was a quick read, well, a compelling read, because I was pulled along by the plot, the mystery of Emery's illness, and the connections all of the…
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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on May 25, 2019 at 8:08am — No Comments

Book Review: Hope is Our Only Wing

Hope Is Our Only Wing

by Rutendo Tavengerwei

Pub Date: 10 Sep 2019

read courtesy of Netgalley.com



Note: Let your readers know that there is a glossary at the back of the book. Because I read this as a digital galley, I didn't find the glossary until after I finished reading, and it would have been helpful to have been aware of it earlier.



I agree with prior reviews that this is a middle…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on May 25, 2019 at 7:32am — No Comments

Book Review: Dreamland (YA edition)

Book Review: Dreamland (YA edition)

by Sam Quinones

Publication Date: July 16, 2019  

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You know how there are One School, One Book or One City, One Book campaigns? Well, Dreamland (YA edition) by Sam Quinones should be a candidate for One Country, One Book. It's that good and that meaningful. I'm going to try to find a…
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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on April 27, 2019 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Book review: Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige; illustrated by Stephen Byrne

Pub Date: 02 Apr 2019

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Mera: Tidebreaker is an origin story of Mera and Aquaman. It says so on the back cover. Otherwise, I never would have known these characters already existed. I'm not a comic book hero follower, so this was a total introduction to these characters for me.

As a graphic novel, it fell a little flat. As others have opined, the romance developed too quickly in story form; although, I could see the foreshadowing of Mera being…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on January 20, 2019 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Book review: All Our Broken Pieces

Book review: All Our Broken Pieces by L. D. Crichton

Publishing date: May 7, 2019

Read courtesy of NetGalley.com



I didn't think I'd enjoy a sappy love story, but that's OK, because this wasn't sappy. I really liked these believable characters. Kyler was very romantic, and Lennon made for a very good example of how to understand OCD in others.

The OCD portion of the story was handled very well, both normalizing and explaining how it's not normal, or rather…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on January 20, 2019 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Book Review: The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

Book Review: The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

Publishing date: January 1, 2019

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I'm going to start at the end... there's a sequel in waiting. That gives you an idea about the ending: it's a cliffhanger. Unfortunately, I'll never find out how it all ends; I won't be purchasing the sequel for my high school library. I'm not sure how much my students recognize cliched writing, but since it interfered with my enjoyment of the book, I'm…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on December 17, 2018 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Book Review: XL by Scott Brown

Book review of

XL by Scott Brown

Pub Date: 26 Mar 2019

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I love Scott Brown's writing style: interesting vocabulary, descriptive metaphors, a glimmer of breaking the fourth wall, and a bit of dry, subtle humor. It works. If you don't like being given one of the funniest lines of a movie during a trailer, don't read the next part of this sentence since I'm going to ruin a chuckle for you: car mitzvah, when you turn 16…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on December 9, 2018 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Book Review: What We Buried

Book Review: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman

To be published February 26, 2019

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Riveting. RIVETING!

From the double-meaning title to the adept use of flashbacks entwined with the glimpses of memory, What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman epitomizes a psychological thriller. I'm so glad I read this and cannot wait to get this book for my high school library.

I read this in one sitting, from 9am to 2pm on a Sunday, and it was time well…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on October 14, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Book review: Roam

Book review: Roam by C. H. Armstrong

Publication date: February 5, 2019
Read courtesy of NetGalley.com
In spite of the serious nature of homeless families, this is a warm fuzzy, feel good, happy ending kind of story. With a new boyfriend too good to be true and an instant flock of new friends, teenage Abby allows her homelessness to color her daily life (but who could blame her?). None of the people in her new…
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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on October 6, 2018 at 10:26am — No Comments

Book Review: One Second

Book Review:

Any Second by Kevin Emerson

Pub. date: November 20, 2018

Read courtesy of netgalley.com

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review!

I cannot wait to get this book for my high school's library!

My students are taught to be an upstander instead of a bystander. In Any Second, Maya did this... and beyond. Kevin Emerson wrote a story that is both unique and scarily possible, which is what makes it such a compelling read.

Emerson did a great job with the pace of the…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on August 6, 2018 at 9:35am — No Comments

Book Review: Body Swap

Book Review

Body Swap by Sylvia McNicoll

Read courtesy of www.netgalley.com

Publication date: 09 Oct 2018

I think that Sylvia McNicoll and Dundurn are selling themselves short: This is not just a YA Middle School novel. While it's appropriate for middle schoolers (i.e., no cursing), I'm sure it would be appealing to high schoolers and adults, too. It reminded…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on July 25, 2018 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Book Review: Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

by Christine Hurley Deriso

Pub Date: 18 Sep 2018

Read courtesy of www.Netgalley.com

I recently reviewed Christine Hurley Deriso's All the Wrong Chords, which I loved. I really wanted to like Things I'd Rather Do Than Die as much, but alas, I give it 4 instead of 5 ⭐. I also read Deriso's Acknowledgment section of this novel, and I'm glad she took the advice of her editor; having the main…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on April 22, 2018 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Book Review: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Book Review: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

courtesy of www.netgalley.com 

publish date: May 8, 2018

Sarah Crossan brought me into a world I don't think I'll ever encounter in my own life, but she brought me into it nonetheless. Great job helping me to be a part of someone else's life, especially when I'd have no understanding otherwise.

What it is like having your older brother on death row, having a…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on April 15, 2018 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Book Review: What You Left Me by Bridget Morrissey

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What You Left Me

by Bridget Morrissey

publication date June 5, 2018

courtesy of www.netgalley.com

Magical realism.  As a result of a drunk driving accident during their high…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on April 15, 2018 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Book review: Whisper by Lynette Noni

I wanted to like this more than I did. I just felt like in our current social culture, it was another you-don't-know-who-to-trust and everyone-who's-not-like-you-is-to-be-approached-with-caution and look-what-we've-done-to-our-world... I know that's what dystopian fiction is, but this wasn't unique enough to wow me.  Noni did her best to make the reader flip flop as to 'who's to blame,' but it…
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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on March 25, 2018 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Book Review: How You Ruined My Life

Preview read courtesy of http://netgalley.com

"How You Ruined My Life"

By Jeff Strand @Jeff Strand

Publication date: April 3, 2018

Thanks to netgalley.com for providing this advanced readers copy.

Humor without curse words! A high school punk rock band without curse words! A book that would work in either middle school or high school without curse words!

"How You Ruined My Life" is a humorous story based on the premise of…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on February 18, 2018 at 11:57am — No Comments

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