Search Results: "Andy Marino"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DOOR by Andy Marino
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 2014

"The unwieldy plot twists and turns, always creating new questions, but it leaves an uncomfortably large aperture—an unfinished hero's journey or, more aptly, a literary purgatory. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Hannah Silver, armed solely with some newfound knowledge and her three imaginary friends, crosses a forbidden threshold to try to find the soul of her recently, unexpectedly deceased—likely murdered—mother. Read full book review >

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HERSCHEL by Andy Marino
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Thus, what emerges is a padded, somewhat superficial biography that, from its subtitle on, makes highly inflated claims about its subject."
An engagingly written, if often speculative and flawed, biography of the Polish-German-Jewish youth Herschel Grynszpan, whose November 7, 1938, assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath in Paris served as the Nazis' pretext for Kristallnacht. Read full book review >

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UNISON SPARK by Andy Marino
FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Readers will often find themselves vacillating between like and dislike. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
What if the ultimate social network tried to take over the world? Read full book review >

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A BOY, A BALL, AND A DOG by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2016

"A glad frolic, perfect for a windy day. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A game of catch between a boy and his dog takes an unexpected turn. Read full book review >

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SPLOTCH by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Despite the dead fish, this isn't about grief; it's about anxious, humane, funny attempts to protect loved ones from sadness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
How identifiable is an individual goldfish, anyway? Read full book review >

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FOLLOWING PAPA'S SONG by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2014

"This beautifully executed book about the bond between father and child that can be as deep as the darkest sea and powerful enough to help navigate in times of trouble will resonate with readers both young and old. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young whale awaits the call for his first migration with a mix of concern and anticipation, but Papa's strong reassuring presence and sage advice make for an exhilarating journey. Read full book review >

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ZOOPA by Gianna Marino
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A great choice for self-starters or small groups. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this lively, engaging debut, an alphabetical menagerie, drawn naturalistically but with big, expressive eyes and mobile features, gathers around (or, sometimes, in) a bowl of tomato-colored alphabet soup. Read full book review >

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I AM THE MOUNTAIN MOUSE by Gianna Marino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A rib-tickling addition to the mouse-adventure genre. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In four short stories, headstrong Mountain Mouse cavalierly dares to tread where wiser mice fear to go. Read full book review >

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MAGIC AND MISERY by Peter Marino
FICTION
Released: April 15, 2009

"The novel's conclusion is less than satisfying, and will leave readers wondering why they chose to stick it out in the first place. (Fiction. YA)"
Self-conscious Toni Jo crushed hard on her best friend Pan until she found out he was gay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 1999

"A dramatic story, well told, of an authentic hero who has been rightly dubbed 'America's Oskar Schindler.'"
The stirring story of an American journalist who, working in Vichy France, helped thousands of artists and intellectuals, including Hannah Arendt, Heinrich Mann and Marc Chagall, escape Nazi persecution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEARCHING FOR ATTICUS by Jan Marino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

Tessa, 15, has always wished for a different kind of father, perhaps one more like Atticus Finch, the wise figure in To Kill a Mockingbird. Read full book review >

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LIKE SOME KIND OF HERO by Jan Marino
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"He's spirited and determined, as is the story of his heroic summer. (Fiction. 12+)"
Ted wants to have the best summer ever, and that means striking some kind of a balance: he wants to be a lifeguard, requiring a time-consuming, rigorous training course; he needs to earn money mowing lawns with his best friend Will; he has promised his mother to keep up his lessons on the guitar, for which he has a true gift. Read full book review >