Search Results: "Aya Kakeda"


BOOK REVIEW

AYA by Marguerite Abouet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"A smart and sweetly comic glimpse of a time and place in Africa that get little attention in the West."
A young woman navigates shallow men, self-destructive friends and the newly erected class ladder in the prosperous city of Abidjan. Read full book review >

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THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE by Paul Budnitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2011

"Focusing on the needs of others is a time-honored solution for those dissatisfied with their own lot in life; here is a motivating parable for contemporary kids. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This charming story about friendship, a debut effort for both author and illustrator, succeeds with a chatty tone and appealing cartoon-style illustrations. Read full book review >

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Death by Dog by Aya Walksfar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2016

"An engaging thriller about dogfighting that features two appealing heroines."
The Special Crimes Team must crack a new case that soon leads to murder in this fifth installment of a series. Read full book review >

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CHRONICLES OF THE FALLEN by Aya Lancaster
Released: Oct. 21, 2011

"An unexpected and original take on the supernatural crime thriller."
A supernatural conspiracy thriller that offers readers a humanistic view of the spiritual realms of heaven and hell. Read full book review >

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GIRLWOOD by Claire Dean
by Claire Dean, illustrated by Aya Kato
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 19, 2008

"The Lessons are writ large, but the tale itself is a wisp writ small. (Fiction. 12+)"
Despite its genuinely gorgeous cover and illustrations, this story and its characters never come to life on the page. Read full book review >

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NORA THE MIND READER by Orit Gidali
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2012

"A thought-inspiring approach. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A little girl's sensitivity to childhood banter is assuaged with the help of her resourceful mom, who provides an inventive tool for interpreting altered meaning. Read full book review >

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THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The ideas—extreme control of women and their sexuality—are more successful than the story's execution. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl raised free in the wild struggles to escape the fate of city girls—being auctioned for breeding. Read full book review >

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THE STARS ASKEW by Rjurik Davidson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Still too verbose but a decided improvement on its dazzling yet chilly predecessor."
Second installment of a fantasy series (Unwrapped Sky, 2014) about a slow-motion rebellion overtaking an ancient, decaying city in thrall to body- and brain-warping magic. Read full book review >

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Teacher Trade! by Jennie M. Warmouth
Released: June 7, 2013

"Younger elementary school students will enjoy this book's mostly clever wordplay while broadening their worldview."
In this debut children's picture book, American and Scottish teachers trade classes and find that the English language isn't the same everywhere—and hilarious misunderstandings ensue. Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE I WANTED by Elinoar Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 24, 2015

"A fine topic with compelling collage, hampered by poor verse. (Picture book. 4-7)"
While making a drawing, a girl adapts mistakes into new subject matter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A valiant attempt to introduce culture and simple words, but the alphabet structure is a poor vehicle. (preface, pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Simple Korean words and culture are introduced to young Westerners using an ABC format. Read full book review >