Search Results: "Amanda Katz"


BOOK REVIEW

AMANDA by Kay Hooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A well-traveled path with nary an unpredictable turn. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
A first hardcover for the popular Hooper provides all the requisite thrills, chills, and hot-blooded romance, but this southern-style mystery, love story, should-be-a-TV-movie-of-the- week somehow lacks soul. Read full book review >

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SERENA KATZ by Charlotte Pomerantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"A treat for readers who find Miss Rumphius a bit too genteel. (Picture book. 7-9)"
All of Elmsville is excited to hear that Mr. Duncan and his family are off to N.Y.C. to visit the great Serena Katz—but is she who they think she is? Read full book review >

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OFFICER KATZ AND HOUNDINI by Maria Gianferrari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Ultimately, though mildly amusing, there's no real magic here. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's the old story: will cat and dog play, er, cat-and-mouse games—or join forces? Read full book review >

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MRS. KATZ AND TUSH by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Truly affectionate and heartwarming. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Larnel gets to know newly widowed Mrs. Katz when he goes along with his mother to pay a comforting visit; next day, he goes back with a tailless kitten ("Tush") that she agrees to accept "if you'll come and help me with her." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"An intriguing spy biography that ably demonstrates how fierce adherence to an ideology can lead to human suffering on terms both intimate and global."
A talented and seductive spy pops up in places as diverse as Hollywood, Prague, Paris and Mexico City, organizing anti-Nazi, pro-Communist propaganda before dangling at the end of a hangman's noose in 1952. Read full book review >

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THE AMANDA PROJECT by Stella Lennon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A baldly predatory attempt to get into teens' wallets. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
According to popular Callie, Amanda Valentino was a quirky math genius who lived in a pretty, Victorian house. Read full book review >

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AMANDA/MIRANDA by Richard Peck
FICTION
Released: March 11, 1980

"All in all, a gorgeously romantic, implausible affair comfy as eiderdown."
Peck has unearthed one of the hoariest of chimney-corner romantic devices—the wobbly course of love and intrigue when two young things of diverse origins and temperament look exactly alike and cross destinies; and he displays it here in late-Edwardian satin, with agile prose and a straight face. Read full book review >

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AMANDA BEAN'S AMAZING DREAM by Cindy Neuschwander
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"At the end of the book, Marilyn Burns (The Greedy Triangle, 1995, etc.) does a credible, if prim, job of explaining the broad contexts of multiplication to adults working with children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The protagonist in this story has a sort of low-grade obsessive/compulsive disorder: "I count anything and everything," chirps Amanda. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"This is a browsing book, heavy though not oversized, most suitable for the coffee table. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
This collection of "world records" includes 88 striking photographs of a wide variety of nature's wonders. Read full book review >

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VISIT FROM DR. KATZ, A by Ann Barrow
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1988

"Slight, but charming."
From the eminent SF author, a simple but deftly told tale about a pair of cats who comfort a little girl, Marianne, when she's in bed with the flu. Read full book review >

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AMANDA PANDA QUITS KINDERGARTEN by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"Empathy and kindness are just as important as ABCs and 123s, and Amanda gives readers a good lesson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Amanda Panda starts off an unlikable kindergartner, but school (and exposure to other kids) teaches her how to be a friend, and that might be the most important lesson of all. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE, AMANDA THE GOOD by Susan Shreve
Released: March 1, 2000

"The angst of starting out friendless in a new school is written across most pages, and other Amandas out there who find this refreshingly real. (Fiction. 10-13)"
PLB 0-679-99241-3 In Shreve's funny version of a junior high identity crisis, a good girl goes bad, but redeems herself before any real crimes have been committed. Read full book review >