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Reviews by Alice J.

Titles are listed alphabetically by the author's last name. You can click the title of each book to check its availability in the WPL catalog.

Book Cover The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum
Candace Fleming

Introducing the newest, most comprehensive look at the greatest showman who ever lived! P.T. Barnum was certainly a unique individual who wanted people to have a good time. Throughout his life, his business decisions always considered the interests of his audiences. At times neglecting his family, Barnum was traveling and looking for the unusual to display in his museum and attract people to his circus. A delightful book, filled with photos, about this interesting American icon.

WPL Call Number: Y921 Barnum
Review Date: 12/17/09


Book Cover Sister Spider Knows All
Adrian Fogelin

Twelve year old Rox lives with her grandmother, Mimi, and 23 year old cousin, John Martin in Florida. By working at the weekend flea market, they are almost able to cover their bills. Rox knows nothing about the mother who abandoned her at three months or even who her father was. Her grandmother is not not ready to talk about the past until Rox finds her mother's diary and confronts Mimi with all her questions. Unusual but warm family story. Ages 10 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Fogelin
Review Date: 7/27/05


Book Cover Love
Mariah Fredericks

Anna, Eve and Syd decide to use the tarot cards that Anna's elderly neighbor left her. Asking about the cutest guy at school gives Anna the idea that she may have a chance with him. When encounters with Declan seem promising, Anna loses her close relationship with her best girlfriends. Maybe the cards are to blame.

WPL Call Number: Y Fredericks
Review Date: 6/15/07


Book Cover 1,000 Reasons Never to Kiss a Boy
Martha Freeman

After Jane breaks up with Elliot, she decides she will never get involved with a boy again. Although she gets advice from her two best friends and sees the relationships her divorced mother and grandmother have experienced, Jane decides she is through with boys. This convinces her to write a book on why she will never be in that position again. A humorous look at a teen's lovelife for ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Freeman
Review Date: 4/29/08


Book Cover The Year My SIster Got Lucky
Aimee Friedman

New York City sisters Katie and Michaela spend a lot of time together as they travel around the city from their small apartment to a professional ballet studio uptown. In their bedroom, the girls share their secrets until Katie learns of their impending move upstate to a rural area near a college where her Russian mother has been hired. Unhappy with this sudden change in lifestyle, Katie can't imagine being so far from city life. Their relationship changes as her sister seems to adapt easily while Katie struggles to make friends in this new environment. This story portrays a sibling relationship at its best and worst. For ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Friedman
Review Date: 7/22/08


Book Cover Lush
Natasha Friend

Sam hopes her family looks normal to others. Her mother and grandmother insist on hiding her father's alcoholism from neighbors. Sam does not bring friends home on weekends or evenings if she thinks her father may be home. She also has to deal with rude comments from immature eighth grade boys and a crush on a high school junior while keeping the family secret. Sam also tries to protect her little brother from her father's drunken rages. It's a very honest portrait of a family in turmoil for ages 12 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Friend
Review Date: 4/5/07


Book Cover Praying at the Sweetwater Hotel: A Novel
April Young Fritz

After fleeing from their abusive father in Georgia, Sarah Jane, her mother and younger sister finally settle into the Sweetwater Motel in Ohio. Not quite the apartment her mother promised, Sarah Jane misses her father and feels that this could never be home. Struggles with classmates cause her to take action as she learns the true meaning of what makes a home. Ages 10 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Fritz
Review Date: 5/10/04


Book Cover Tending to Grace
Kimberley Newton Fusco

Cornelia is left with her eccentric great aunt when her mother takes off with her current boyfriend. Coming from taking care of her mother in New York City to the country, Cornelia only enjoys reading. Unhappy with the filth in the dilapidated old farmhouse, Cornelia spends her time cleaning and fixing. She does not speak much due to her stuttering and hates school. Both Cornelia and Aunt Agatha discover a lot about each other and life. For ages 10 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Fusco
Review Date: 11/30/04


Book Cover The Bully Book
Eric Kahn GAle

Sixth grader, Eric Haskins believes there is a book which tells his classmates how to bully and pick on a student. It seems to him that each year one student is selected to be the "Grunt" and everyone else agrees. Since he has been chosen, he keeps a journal as he tries to find out how and why he was chosen and what he can do to change this. Eric seeks older students who have experienced this horrendous bullying to solve his problem. Author Eric Kahn Gale claims that this story is based on his life as a bullied sixth grader. Good for a discussion on bullying for grades 4-7.

WPL Call Number: J Gale
Review Date: 5/10/13


Book Cover Happy Kid!
Gail Gauthier

Kyle is convinced that his middle school is the worst place, while his mother worries about his negativity and lack of friends. She buys him a self-help book which Kyle agrees to read since she offered to pay him a dollar a chapter. Not sure how the book will help him, Kyle soon finds out that the book may have its own ideas. A humorous school story for ages 10 and up.

WPL Call Number: Y Gauthier
Review Date: 9/12/06


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