Search Results: "Adrienne Maria Vrettos"


BOOK REVIEW

BURNOUT by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Stark, compelling, perceptive: a winner. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A high-school junior falls in with a reckless companion who leads her into a dangerous lifestyle in this gritty, suspenseful character study. Read full book review >

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SIGHT by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Too many storylines occurring at once spoil the tension, and too many characters get little or no development. (Fiction. YA)"
Dylan Driscoll's gift of seeing dead children and experiencing sensory perceptions of how they died is really more of a curse. Read full book review >

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THE EXILE OF GIGI LANE by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FICTION
Released: April 6, 2010

"That quibble aside, the bleak humor and plot twists bring a new perspective to mean-girl stereotypes. (Fiction. YA)"
Gigi Lane is just hours from ruling her all-girls school as the Head Hottie, the leader of its most exclusive clique, the Hot Spot. Read full book review >

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BEST FRIENDS FOR NEVER by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"In the end the book feels as though it needed a couple more drafts to pull all its elements into balance. (Magical realism. 8-12)"
Moving to small-town Massachusetts from Brooklyn wasn't easy for 12-year-old narrator Hattie, but she lucked into a group of friends fairly quickly. Read full book review >

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SKIN by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"A marvelous debut featuring an unforgettable character whose affective voice captures the ill-effects of psychological disorders on families. (Fiction. YA)"
First-time novelist Vrettos finds a fresh angle for a familiar topic by focusing her story about Karen, an anorexic, on Donnie, her younger brother. Read full book review >

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MARIA by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >

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AUNT MARIA by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Setting the stage takes a bit long here, and the story is neither Jones's wittiest nor her most thought-provoking; still, the plot has that delightful intricacy her fans admire, and its multiplicity of details is remarkably imaginative. (Fiction. 12+)"
With her usual facility, Jones plunges an ordinary family, in shock from the apparent death of their half-divorced Dad and newly entrapped by the needs of a decrepit great-aunt, into a weird mix of small-town pettiness, magic, and witchcraft, all overlaid with a wryly original look at the war between the sexes. Read full book review >

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MARIA MONTESSORI by Marie Tennent Shephard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 9, 1996

"But this is a fluent, readable work on an important figure often overlooked. (b&w photos, sources, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
The life of the ``Teacher of Teachers,'' the first female Italian doctor, who led, almost by accident, an education revolution, and who created in a Roman slum the teaching method that would become the basis for the system of Montessori schools. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Inspiring and incisive. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 10-14)"
One of those important pieces of history that somehow never made it into textbooks: the story of Maria Mitchell, a self-taught astronomer who discovered Comet Mitchell, served as an inspiring teacher, and was the first woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In stark and heartbreaking contrast to her Sesame Street character, Manzano paints a poignant, startlingly honest picture of her youth. (Memoir. 12 & up)"
Actress Manzano, best known as Maria from Sesame Street, provides a lyrical and unflinching account of her tough Nuyorican upbringing in the South Bronx. Read full book review >

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MARIA CALLAS by Anne Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2001

"Good fun for nonspecialists, but aficionados will want more substance. (16 pages b&w photos)"
A serviceable account of the star-crossed diva—but it has much competition. Read full book review >

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MARIA FITZHERBERT by James Munson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Impressively detailed, and with a lively tone, but perhaps best for truly dedicated royalists. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Editor/historian Munson's (Victoria: Portrait of a Queen, not reviewed) account of a little-known romantic scandal of the British monarchy: the Prince of Wales' strange 1785 marriage to a twice-widowed Catholic woman. Read full book review >