Search Results: "Andrea Cheng"


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 >

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THE BEAR MAKERS by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Bold chapter numbers are backed with strips of bear pattern-pieces with handwritten directions, a subtle motif that resembles the pieces of a crumbling family. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
Many stories about World War II experiences are personalized via handed-down accounts from relatives, and Cheng's novel, set in postwar Budapest, is no exception, as her grandmother was the original bear maker. Read full book review >

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HONEYSUCKLE HOUSE by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2004

"Honesty and subtlety co-exist in Cheng's thoughtful, never-didactic writing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This deft character-driven story about two ten-year-old girls rings with clarity. Read full book review >

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NIEN CHENG by Robin Langley Sommer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Bibliography (general works, plus Cheng's book); index. (Biography. 9-14)"
In ``The Library of Famous Women,'' the experiences of a wealthy Chinese woman, imprisoned (1966-73) during the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

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WHERE DO YOU STAY? by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"While the rather abrupt ending leaves unanswered questions, especially about Damon and Mr. Willie, Jerome himself makes a fully realized, deeply sympathetic protagonist. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From the author of Where the Steps Were (2008) comes this story of loss and healing through friendship, family and music. Read full book review >

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WHERE THE STEPS WERE by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Quietly lovely. (Poetry. 9-12)"
A delicate verse cycle gives readers a series of snapshots of the lives of five children in an inner-city school. Read full book review >

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THE LACE DOWRY by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2005

"The final resolution supplies both enlightenment and a small measure of reassurance in a deftly sketched historical setting. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 1933 Budapest, Juli is a tall, awkward 12-year-old who loves reading. Read full book review >

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MARIKA by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"Reading more like a series of vignettes than a novel, with a few distancing gaps in time and one distracting inconsistency (between the year and her age), Marika is a poignant emotional portrait. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A child's-eye view written in beautifully spare prose gives a special quality to this historical piece. Read full book review >

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ECLIPSE by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Short, episodic chapters and poetic prose make this a good choice for those of a literary bent. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Eight-year-old Peti doesn't mind giving up his room to his immigrant aunt, uncle and 12-year-old cousin Gabor. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE GARDEN by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A gentle, feel-good story about the transforming power of friendship and gardening. (Chinese pronunciation guide) (Fiction. 6-9)"
In this prequel to The Year of the Book (2012), Chinese-American Anna Wang explains how she met her friend Laura. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE FORTUNE COOKIE by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Similar in subject to the author's Shanghai Messenger (2005) but different in approach, this is just right for middle-grade Anna fans ready for new experiences. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A two-week trip to China allows sixth-grader Anna Wang to reflect on her Asian-American identity. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE BABY by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"Middle-grade readers will find many ways to connect with Anna and her friends in this warm family and school story. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Worried that her newly adopted baby sister isn't gaining weight, fifth-grader Anna Wang and her friends Camille and Laura make the toddler the subject of a successful science-fair project. Read full book review >