Books by Adèle Geras

LITTLE BALLET STAR by Adèle Geras
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Little ballerinas may enjoy the story, but it is too bland to be anything more than an additional purchase. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's a dream come true for a little birthday girl whose aunt is the prima ballerina of Sleeping Beauty. Read full book review >
CLEOPATRA by Adèle Geras
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"Capped by photos of the pyramids and Egyptian artifacts, this mix of fact and fancy isn't exactly seamless, but it does introduce one of history's heroines and brings her era to life in a reasonably accurate way. (glossary, index) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
Beneath a heavy cover studded with "rubies" and other "gems," the diary of one of Cleopatra's handmaids offers a look at Ptolemaic Egypt's last years. Read full book review >
ITHAKA by Adèle Geras
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

A companion piece for the author's Troy (2001)—and another definitive example of storytelling so character-driven that nearly everything happens either offstage or within the hearts and minds of, mostly, the female characters. Read full book review >
TIME FOR BALLET by Adèle Geras
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Geared for the tiniest tiptoes, this sparkling tale is bound to delight. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Tilly is tickled pink because it's Tuesday, the day for ballet lessons. Read full book review >
THE CATS OF CUCKOO SQUARE by Adèle Geras
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Fans of Lauber's Purrfectly Purrfect: Life at the Acatemy (2000) will purr over this, too. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Newly fledged chapter-book readers will gloat along with the funny, furry narrators in these two tales of feline triumph. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF BALLET by Adèle Geras
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Listen to recordings or find a copy of Violette Verdy's Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers, illustrated by Marcia Brown. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The four ballets retold in this series are the most beloved and enduring of the classical and romantic repertory. Read full book review >
SLEEP TIGHT, GINGER KITTEN by Adèle Geras
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

A tiny kitten leaves no spot untouched in his quest for a napping space. Read full book review >
FROM LULLABY TO LULLABY by Adèle Geras
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1997

"A perfect bedtime book, both dreamily imaginative and warmly reassuring. (Picture book. 3-8)"
From Geras (Beauty and the Beast and Other Stories, 1996, etc.), a lyrical answer for children who wonder ``what everybody's dream might be;/And when they close their eyes at night,/what do they see?'' A mother sits by the bed knitting ``dreams and lullabies'' as a child falls asleep: ``Follow the yarns/as the yarns unwind./What do you find?/What do you find?'' At first the daughter finds her toys, a doll walking to a tea party, a small brown bear, and a large yellow rabbit. Read full book review >
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST AND OTHER STORIES by Adèle Geras
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"It's an elegant, but very cold, package, without a ready audience; the text is too long for young children, and the storybook format may put off older ones. (Folklore. 6-10)"
A retelling of eight familiar tales (along with the title story, ``Hansel and Gretel,'' ``The Tinderbox,'' ``Rapunzel,'' ``Vipers and Pearls,'' ``Bluebeard,'' ``The Girl Who Stepped on a Loaf,'' and ``Something More . . .'') in language that stays close to the original tone and timbre, with the complexities of nuance and situation intact. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Rich in incident and telling detail: a memorable offering of shadow and light that absolutely shimmers. (Fiction. 10+)"
Five stories, spanning the years from 1910 to 1954, about three generations of a Jewish family. Read full book review >
PICTURES OF THE NIGHT by Adèle Geras
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Another solid performance from a writer distinguished for her imaginative power and fresh, vivid writing. (Fiction. 12+)"
Last in a trilogy about British schoolgirls whose lives parallel fairy tales, this not only depicts Bella's (Snow White's) rivalry with stepmother Marjorie but rounds out the stories of Megan (Rapunzel) and Alice (Sleeping Beauty). Read full book review >
WATCHING THE ROSES by Adèle Geras
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, Geras writes with imagination and skill, deftly interweaving past and present vignettes; readers will look forward to livelier, more assertive Snow White. (Fiction. 14+)"
Second in Geras's intriguing trilogy about British schoolgirls whose coming-of-age troubles parallel familiar fairy tales. Read full book review >
THE TOWER ROOM by Adèle Geras
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"Roommates Bella, whose jealous stepmother plies her with apples, and Alice, one of whose 13 aunts caused a fuss at her christening, presage the pleasures in the books to follow. (Fiction. 12+)"
The author of, most recently, Happy Endings (1991) begins a trilogy about British schoolgirls whose lives parallel familiar fairy tales. Read full book review >