Books by Vincent Nasta

ADAM'S WAR by Sonia Levitin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1994

"Characters aren't realized with any depth in the simplistic result; still, questions of deep concern to boys like Adam are accessibly addressed and left realistically unresolved. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Angels are desperate for a meeting place; Adam and Mike can't have friends in while their parents are at work, Hector's sisters are too bossy, Brendan lives far away. Read full book review >
PLANE SONG by Diane Siebert
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1993

"Overall, an appealing book, celebrating its subject as intended; though the persistent rhymes and rhythm don't help much, they don't hurt, either. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Siebert (whose previous songs of praise include, most notably, Heartland, 1989) brings her rather clumsy lyrical style to aircraft and their flight ``above a world of/tundras/trees/fields and farmlands/cities/seas/humming/coming/through the day/toward horizons far away.'' In phrases ranging from doggerel and pre- primerese (``hear their engines!/see them fly!'') to straight nonfiction, she surveys many kinds and uses of planes, big and small, civilian and military. Read full book review >
THE MOON OF THE WINTER BIRD by Vincent Nasta
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 19, 1970

"Looser and less obviously useful than some of its predecessors, this has nevertheless a unique lesson: out of his element the sparrow retains his sense of the seasonal cycle."
The song sparrow in the Ohio dooryard in December has become a winter bird inadvertently: "his inner signal (to migrate) had not functioned." Read full book review >