Search Results: "Carol Matas"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Although the history is accurate, the book is turgid and off-putting. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Presented as the first-person diary of Hannah Green, 13, during the months of December and January 1862-63, a recounting of what happens to the only Jewish family in Holly Springs, Mississippi, when they were forced to leave. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF WHEN by Carol Matas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A thought-provoking and entertaining time-travel tale with a useful, even hopeful, message about personal responsibility. (Science fiction. 10-15)"
Published 30 years ago as a three-volume series, this effort is an updated version combined into a single novel. Read full book review >

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SWORN ENEMIES by Carol Matas
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A harrowing, thought-provoking, skillfully written novel about a past whose evil legacy persists. (Fiction. YA)"
The author of Lisa's War (1989) turns to a another grim chapter in Jewish history: the kidnapping and forced conversion of Jewish boys by the Russian Czar's army in the 19th century. Read full book review >

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CODE NAME KRIS by Carol Matas
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

In a strong sequel to Lisa's War (1989), Jesper continues his activities with the Danish resistance after Lisa and her brother Stefan depart in 1943 with the other Jewish refugees. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING TIME by Carol Matas
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Matas (Daniel's Story, 1993, etc.) depicts the persecution of women accused of witchcraft in a 16th-century French village. Read full book review >

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Who Am I? by Carol Matas
Released: Sept. 24, 2016

"Hitchcock-ian fun, full of deep questions to ponder."
A strong teenage girl aims to find out the bizarre truth about her childhood in this suspenseful YA novel. Read full book review >

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DANIEL'S STORY by Carol Matas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Chronology; glossary. (Fiction. 11-14)"
After witnessing the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany, Daniel is suddenly transported, at age 14, from his comfortable life in Frankfurt to a Polish ghetto, then to Auschwitz and Buchenwald—losing most of his family along the way, seeing Nazi brutality of both the casual and the calculated kind, and recording atrocities with a smuggled camera (``What has happened to me?...Who am I? Read full book review >

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OF TWO MINDS by Carol Matas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The result is a solid fantasy about thinking for oneself, thinking other people's thoughts, and the power of imagination. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A strong joint effort by Matas (The Burning Time, 1994, etc.) and Nodelman (The Same Place But Different, p. 784, etc.). Read full book review >

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CAROL REED by Nicholas Wapshott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"Proficiently written and well researched, this book begs a simple question: If Reed's work is for the most part undistinguished, why bother?"
A meticulous but dry biography of the British director, himself a meticulous but dry filmmaker. Read full book review >

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ABORIGINAL CAROL by David Bouchard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2008

"A more specific author's note with background information on the Huron Carol and on the Inuktitut language would have extended the usefulness of this beautifully illustrated but ultimately rather mysterious volume. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This innovative interpretation of the Huron Carol, Canada's oldest Christmas carol, is a collaborative effort by three Canadians of different ethnic backgrounds. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS CAROL by Sara Teasdale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"An attractive addition for the Christmas shelf. (Poetry/Picture book. 2-7)"
Gottlieb's boldly contemporary art (see Melrose Cooper's I've Got a Family, p. 719) pairs surprisingly well with Teasdale's verse (c. 1937); though traditional in form, her poem has a concise directness and energy that match the artist's simple forms, broad lines of rough black, and assertive colors. Read full book review >