Search Results: "Alexa T. Liguori"


BOOK REVIEW

Four Times Blessed by Alexa T. Liguori
Released: Feb. 20, 2013

"A flawed but heartfelt YA novel with a memorable heroine."
In this YA novel, when 17-year-old Crusa returns home after graduating from an elite military academy, she finds herself embroiled in all sorts of family drama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROTHEL by Alexa Albert
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2001

"There's some news here, particularly on how sex workers can help prevent the spread of disease. But there's not much depth, and readers are likely to respond to Albert's report from the field with a shrug."
An unrevealing glimpse of daily life in the sex trade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BALLERINA FLYING by Alexa Brandenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"This simple introduction will work well to prepare younger children before starting lessons or to reinforce the concepts taught in every beginning ballet class. (Picture book. 3-6.)"
Most of the titles on ballet for little girls deal with the motivation to dance or the artistic expression of ballet, rather than the particulars of what happens in class and specific dance movements. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHOP, SIMMER, SEASON by Alexa Brandenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Tuck it into story hours on work and careers, and get ready to argue whether salads are tossed before dressing, or after. (Picture book. 4-7)"
From Brandenberg (I Am Me!, 1996), a book of illustrated cooking verbs—one per page—showing two chefs (one of them strongly resembling the author's photo on the jacket flap) preparing the following menu for a tiny, homey restaurant: fresh baked breads, minestrone, tossed salad, grilled trout with harvest vegetables, and three different desserts. Read full book review >

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I AM ME! by Alexa Brandenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"All the daydreams fly in the face of gender stereotypes, making Brandenberg's book rudimentary, but effective. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Children who love to dream about what they'll be when they grow up will like meeting this racially diverse group of preschool boys and girls in Brandenberg's first book, as they each imagine nine different vocations—including fireman, carpenter, librarian, and chef. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIRL WONDER by Alexa Martin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 3, 2011

"Insightful—and entertaining too. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A solid debut captures the social maelstrom that is high school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN MAMA RETIRES by Karen Ackerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 1992

"An attractive book that balances a period setting and a contemporary concern with brisk good humor. (Picture book. 4-9)"
When Mama talks about retiring, it's housework she's planning to give up: with Dad overseas, she's joining other women contributing to the WW II effort by working in factories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG SECRET by Alexa Pearl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Sweet and spunky. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
A young horse discovers the magical reason why she doesn't fit in. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERCULES by Robin Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Better to spare readers this version and aim them, instead, at some of the sophisticated picture-book treatments available, or—no surprise- -the D'Aulaires. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Folklore. 7-10)"
A straightforward chapter-book retelling of some of the myths of Hercules, notable as much for what it skips as for what it includes: Moore relates Hercules's birth (though not why Hera hates him), covers his temper (though not his madness-induced killing of his family), and approximately four of his labors (not twelve), ending with his ascension to constellation status. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOVA SCOTIA by Alexa Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"This is an inviting, broad introduction to the land of the Bluenosers (so-called for the Bay of Fundy fishermen's wintertime noses), Evangeline, and Glooscap, who according to Micmac legend created this region. (maps, statistics, chronology, charts, glossary, index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The breezy approach of this title in the Hello Canada series as well as its autograph-album size makes getting acquainted with the neighbors to the north painless. ``Hi! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY by Alexa Hunt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2005

"Gingerbread characters, cookie-cutter plotting."
Dreary, derivative debut thriller. Read full book review >