Search Results: "Alison Formento"


BOOK REVIEW

TWIGS by Alison Ashley Formento
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"Like many of its characters, imperfect but earnest. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In a charming if sometimes over-the-top small-town drama, Madeline "Twigs" Henry navigates family secrets, boyfriend troubles and a friendship with a spirited older woman. Read full book review >

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THESE ROCKS COUNT! by Alison Formento
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Those wishing to share the natural world with kids should begin with Ellen Stoll Walsh and then move on to works by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mr. Tate's class disappoints their fans with this outing to Rocky Ridge Mountain and a look at the ways people use rocks. Read full book review >

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THESE BEES COUNT! by Alison Formento
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"After learning all about how bees count, readers will be counting on Mr. Tate's class to give them another environmental armchair trip. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Formento and Snow successfully collaborate again (This Tree Counts! 2010) as the environmentally aware Mr. Tate takes his class on a field trip to Busy Bee Farm. Read full book review >

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THESE SEAS COUNT! by Alison Formento
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"The information is important, but the presentation is depressing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Mr. Tate's class helps with beach cleanup, they learn about the importance of the ocean and listen to a tally of sea creatures, from one to 10. Read full book review >

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THIS TREE COUNTS! by Alison Formento
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Paired with one of Ellen Stoll Walsh's Dot and Jabber adventures or one of Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's books, this will suit many audiences. (Picture book. 3-8)"
With a cleverly worded title, Formento combines a counting book with the environmental message that every tree matters. Read full book review >

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ALISON, WHO WENT AWAY by Vivian Vande Velde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The denouement, which comes in a seriocomic run to a funeral parlor the night of the eighth-grade dance, feels a little forced, but the unfolding of Susan's family's anguish is done at just the right pace, with each shard of emotion placed precisely. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Susan—who now wants people to call her Sibyl—is 14 and fiercely angry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALISON RULES by Catherine Clark
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Several cuts above the standard teen-weepie. (Fiction. YA)"
The Alison Rules are never specifically codified as such, but they are all based on one organizing premise: to keep Alison from moving beyond her mother's death from cancer the previous summer. Read full book review >

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THE DROWNING OF ALISON ALYWARD by Genevieve Lyons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Veteran Lyons (Green Years, 1989, etc.) turns in a performance as low-key, neatly written, and steadily entertaining as ever."
Mark Dangerfield, antique-book dealer and sometime detective in Maggie Thatcher's London, is asked by socialite Wendy Cadbury, a friend of his mother's, to investigate the drowning death of her young friend Alison Alyward, officially a suicide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALISON DARE: THE HEART OF THE MAIDEN by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

"An ambitious concept in need of some polish. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
An extremely promising premise disappoints with its flat, awkward construction. Read full book review >

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FAIRY FELICITY'S MOONLIGHT ADVENTURE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sparkly mollusk fluid aside, expect a book that hits its own sweet spot fairy-ly well. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Surprise birthday party? Check. Fairies? Check. Inoffensive follow-the-line conceit? Check and check! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE MOUSE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"Youngsters will clamor for more as they climb into a lap and ask to also be called their mommy's little mouse. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Murray captures a young girl's changing moods—from feeling big and bold to little and cuddly—in this playful, empathetic story. Read full book review >