Search Results: "Andrea Castellani"


BOOK REVIEW

BEING FRANK by Donna W. Earnhardt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"On-the-mark help for the parents of inadvertently tactless tots. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Frank believes that honesty is the best policy, but is that always the case? Read full book review >

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A KISS FROM MADDALENA by Christopher Castellani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2003

"Not perfect, but Castellani's faultless reproduction of a distant time and place, his elegant, eloquent prose, and his warm sympathy mark him as a talent to watch."
Lyrical first outing about star-crossed love in southern Italy in the 1940s. Read full book review >

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THE SAINT OF LOST THINGS by Christopher Castellani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2005

"Not exactly a big romantic finish, but those who appreciate clear-eyed, unsentimental fiction will find its realism fresh and moving."
The heroine of A Kiss for Maddalena (2003) grows up a lot in Castellani's second novel. Read full book review >

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THE ART OF PERSPECTIVE by Christopher Castellani
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A modest, gracefully written meditation on creativity and craft."
A close look at writers' crucial choices. Read full book review >

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ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE by Christopher Castellani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Castellani writes movingly, affectingly of immigrant life, of the dichotomy of cultures, of the persistence of love across generations."
"You have to tend to family like you tend to a garden," writes Castellani (The Saint of Lost Things, 2005, etc.) in his third literary effort. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"At once intimate and universal; the riveting story of an unforgettable life lived during an unbelievable time. (Verse biography. 9 & up)"
Cheng follows on the Caldecott Honor-winning Dave the Potter, by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier (2010), to further open up the fascinating life of the enslaved potter named Dave for children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY SMITH by Andrea U’Ren
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 13, 2003

"This seamless blend of fact and fiction joins the likes of Sarah Wilson's Three in a Balloon (1990) in lighting up a morsel of strange-but-true history. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
U'Ren unearths a fascinating tidbit from the past. Read full book review >

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LITTLE OLD FARM FOLK by Andrea Wisnewski
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"An idyllic and idealized portrait of rural America, preserved in ink and paint rather than amber. (Board book. 1-3)"
A cozy board book is as traditional as "traditional" can be. Read full book review >

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PIERRE LE POOF! by Andrea Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"It's a charming enough canine caper, but, like Pierre, it lacks the vigor of the classic Harry the Dirty Dog. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pampered poodle dreams of running free while his owner preps him to be a champion show-dog in this first of a projected series of Pierre adventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCE IS FOR EVERYONE by Andrea Zuill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Zuill ably proves that anyone can be a dancer, even if she is big, toothy, tailed, and green. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ballet classes and recitals are not just for children and swans. Read full book review >

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MY YEAR OF EPIC ROCK by Andrea Pyros
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Slightly bland, though valuable for its portrayal of a young person living with serious food allergies. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The start of seventh grade is supposed to be filled with excitement for Nina and her best friend, Brianna, but Nina suddenly finds herself adrift when Brianna ditches her for a new, more sophisticated and ultracool best friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RISE by Andrea Cremer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Still exciting. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
This second prequel to the popular Nightshade werewolf series keeps the action moving. Read full book review >