Search Results: "Carmen Staton"


BOOK REVIEW

RUBY by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2006

"A moody fairy tale of hope."
Stronger-willed than the father who abused her, a Midwestern girl sets out to find a better life. Read full book review >

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GUS GRISSOM by Carmen Bredeson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

The ill-fated life of astronaut Virgil ``Gus'' Grissom is recounted in this latest entry to the Countdown to Space series aimed at less proficient readers. Read full book review >

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CHILD’S PLAY by Carmen Posadas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Clever, aphoristic, even philosophical, but not by any means suspenseful. Best consumed a paragraph at a time, like the I Ching."
Posadas (The Last Resort, 2005, etc.) continues her deconstruction of traditional mystery formulas with this teasing but ultimately juiceless interrogation of a fatal, suspiciously coincidental school accident. Read full book review >

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Cliff Diver by Carmen Amato
Released: Jan. 30, 2013

"A clever Mexican detective tale that will leave readers eager for the series' next installment."
Emilia Cruz, Acapulco's first-ever female detective, investigates a police lieutenant's murder and tracks down counterfeit bills in the second installment of Amato's (Made In Acapulco, 2012) mystery series. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF THE ROMANOVS by Staton Rabin
FICTION
Released: July 10, 2007

"Rabin provides extensive historical notes on what is known and what isn't, but the telling isn't strong enough to make readers care. (notes, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
A time slip/alternate history/horror/romance, told in the first person by the hemophiliac Alexei Romanov, son of Czar Nicholas. Read full book review >

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BLACK POWDER by Staton Rabin
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Kids deserve better, and writers for kids should know this. (historical notes) (Fiction. 12-15)"
This perfectly dreadful time-travel fantasy takes a hip black teen from 2010 L.A. back to 13th-century Oxford in an attempt to convince Roger Bacon, the brilliant Franciscan scholar who discovered gunpowder, to destroy his legacy. Read full book review >

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BETSY AND THE EMPEROR by Staton Rabin
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Even readers who don't know of Bonaparte will be caught up in the interplay between girl and emperor and the surrounding drama of the world's history—and their own. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The bare bones of this inventive historical fiction is the unique friendship between Napoleon Bonaparte and 14-year-old Betsy Balcome, whose English family lived on St. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"In all, it's an astonishing effort, buttressed by meaty backmatter that makes Kahlo accessible to a new generation in a way straight text never could. (Poetry. YA)"
A striking appreciation pairs archival photographs and reproductions of the famed Mexican artist's work with image-rich free-verse poems. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1999

"The story is neither fresh nor involving, allowing the island atmosphere to take over; accurately portrayed are such details as the chirping tree frogs, bright red flamboyan trees, and the consuming excitement leading up to Carnival. (Fiction. 9-12)"
PLB 0-531-33154-7 The backdrop of 1961 Ponce, Puerto Rico, is authentic and atmospheric but not enough to overshadow the one-idea plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUG BEAR by Patricia Hegarty
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"Quibbles aside, a gratifying and satisfying animal tale. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A bear's tranquility and rest are rudely interrupted by a buzzing, whirring bug eager to make the bear's warm fur his new place of lodging. Read full book review >

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LITTLE INDISCRETIONS by Carmen Posadas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 19, 2003

"Arch concept humor, deliberately paced yet weirdly discordant—exactly the sort of thing that will appeal to readers who like that sort of thing, as half a million readers in 12 languages reportedly have so far."
A secret-hoarding caterer is frozen to death inside a wealthy client's walk-in freezer: an English-translation debut that sounds like, but emphatically isn't, a case for Hercule Poirot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

!Jíbara! by Carmen de Monteflores
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An uneven effort still worth the read."
The bilingual story of a jíbara, country girl, of mixed ancestry growing up in 1930s Puerto Rico. Read full book review >