Search Results: "Bella Pollen"


BOOK REVIEW

MIDNIGHT CACTUS by Bella Pollen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Engagingly perky, with big themes—justice, immigration and lost children—surprisingly well served by the author's comic, quirky style."
British novelist Pollen (Hunting Unicorns, 2003) sets a love story in Arizona, near the Mexican border. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER OF THE BEAR by Bella Pollen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"A sensitive and literate story told on several levels, all of them believable—if some of them improbable, too."
García Márquez meets le Carré meets—well, A.A. Milne at times, with hints of William Golding at others. Read full book review >

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AUTUMN'S KISS by Bella Thorne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"This light-as-air read will appeal mostly to young teens, who will appreciate all the roller-coaster romance, Autumn's tightknit family, and her recurring run-ins with a fictional young heartthrob named Kyler Leeds. (Romance. 12-16)"
Teen actor Thorne follows her first novel in the Autumn's Fall series with this installment, set during the titular Cuban-American character's junior year at her new high school in Florida.Read full book review >

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AUTUMN FALLS by Bella Thorne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A somewhat open ending suggests there is more to come. Fans of teen romance will be glad of it. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
A magic diary handed down to a teen girl following her father's death eases and complicates her transition to a new school. Read full book review >

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STREETS by Bella Spewack
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A study in personal determination, but lacking the literary touches that allow us to see and experience a life. (10 b&w photos, not seen)"
A vitriolic look back at a childhood of poverty by an Eastern European immigrant at the start of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHTHOUSE STEVENSONS by Bella Bathurst
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 1999

"A diverting exploration of the art and persistence of this family of engineers. (24 b&w illustrations) (Author tour)"
A detailed account of the building of Scotland's lighthouses and the family that engineered them. Read full book review >

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LULU GOES TO WITCH SCHOOL by Jane O'Connor
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"While new readers will giggle at details such as the teacher's name (Miss Slime) or the rat-liver sandwich Lulu eats for lunch, mostly they will appreciate the story, which resonates with their own experience. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Lulu Witch is excited to begin witch school—that is, until a know-it-all classmate spoils the experience. Will the two witches ever get along? Read full book review >

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You're Not Alone by Aana Mila Bella
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 2015

"A troubling, fiercely brave account of one woman's survival."
In her debut memoir, Bella divulges the decades of sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her father. Read full book review >

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WHAT NOISE DOES A COW MAKE? by Nick Ackland
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Still, the simplicity and brevity of this one combined with its cheerful illustrations make it a good choice for lapsit storytimes or sharing with babies and toddlers one-on-one. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A short, simple board book introduces animals and their sounds. Read full book review >

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LULU AND THE WITCH BABY by Jane O'Connor
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Share this well-designed story with those grappling with sibling issues or with a small group come October. Truly, it is a good title to pick up anytime. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Newly independent readers with younger siblings will be sympathetic with Lulu Witch's frustrations concerning Witch Baby and amused when her remedial potion and spell deliver unexpected results. Read full book review >

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SPECIAL by Bella Bathurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2003

"As fiction, utterly devastating; as psychology, grim and apocalyptic: a ripped-bare portrait of the evil that children can do."
A band of young girls embarks on a Lord of the Flies-esque trip to the country. Read full book review >

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Beneath My Smile by Anna Bella
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2016

"An intense victimization saga."
A Trinidad-born woman, now a U.S.-based nurse, describes her traumatic childhood and tumultuous adult experiences in this debut memoir. Read full book review >