Search Results: "Alissa Imre Geis"


BOOK REVIEW

NEIL’S CASTLE by Alissa Imre Geis
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2004

A take on the idea that making art requires making choices. Read full book review >

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WINNIE DANCING ON HER OWN by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Jacobson (Moon Sandwich Mom, 1999, etc.) does a skillful job of showing the heart-wrenching emotions felt by a child left behind by unfeeling friends in this easy novel for girls interested in ballet. Read full book review >

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WINNIE AT HER BEST by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2006

"Winnie Fletcher is the kind of friend we all wish we could be. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Zoe is the smart one; Vanessa is the actress; and Winnie, well, is Winnie special in any way or is she simply destined to be the "ordinary" girl in the trio? Read full book review >

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TRULY WINNIE by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2003

"Written with a light touch and illustrated with winsome line drawings, this is a series for young readers to write home about. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Winning second episode about nine-year-old Winnie Fletcher; this time she's at sleep-away camp. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"A challenging read for educators and parents alike."
A former child prodigy explores the pressures on gifted children to excel. Read full book review >

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DETECTIVE STORY by Imre Kertész
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 2008

"Perhaps Kertész's other works justify the Nobel. Not this one: Orwell, Koestler, Solzhenitsyn and many others did it better."
It's literally a "detective's story" that unfolds in this grim novella, published in 1977 and previously untranslated, from the Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian author. Read full book review >

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PARALLEL STORIES by Péter Nádas
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A pensive, beautifully written tour de force of modern European literature, worthy of shelving alongside Döblin, Pasternak and Mann."
A robust epic of a Mitteleuropa lurching out of totalitarianism into whatever passes for modern society—"not a terrain without perils," as one of the principal characters grimly observes. Read full book review >

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SHALLOW POND by Alissa Grosso
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 8, 2013

"The three sisters are memorable characters, but by introducing science treated so superficially, the author renders her plotline as shallow as her pond. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Three sisters feel trapped in their tiny rural town, unable to find a way out. Read full book review >

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FEROCITY SUMMER by Alissa Grosso
Released: May 8, 2012

"While peer pressure may be difficult to resist, this novel is not. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A troubled teen tries to understand how her life has hit rock bottom in this clumsily executed, issue-cluttered novel. Read full book review >

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GRAPES FROM THORNBUSHES by Alissa Ordabai
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A fresh, sharp, funny take on a showbiz staple."
An up-and-coming rock musician worries about selling out in this satirical bildungsroman. Read full book review >

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REPUBLIC OF OUTSIDERS by Alissa Quart
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A thought-provoking examination of counterculture through the eyes of those living life just outside the conventional box."
The ways in which a cross-section of intrepid renegades finds contentment and success by swimming upstream. Read full book review >

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LOVE by Péter Nádas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Nádas at his best is a lot better than this."
In this slight 1979 novel by the acclaimed Hungarian author of A Book of Memories (1997), a nameless lover attempts to leave his mistress, smokes dope and glides soporifically out of "the time which I've up to now believed to be reality," and considers the possibility that this amorphous fugue state makes more tolerable the emotional conflicts imposed by the quotidian. Read full book review >