Search Results: "Carolina Villarroel"


BOOK REVIEW

GOODNIGHT, PAPITO DIOS/BUENAS NOCHES, PAPITO DIOS by Victor Villaseñor
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The bland, sentimental bilingual text in English and Spanish may appeal to families seeking bedtime books with religious feelings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The author's love letter to his mother, a gentle, repetition of the words of a Latino lullaby, starts off with an image of a young boy too scared to fall asleep and a father remembering his own mother singing a beautiful song about a turtledove to him. Read full book review >

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BENITO’S SOPAIPILLAS/LAS SOPAIPILLAS DE BENITO by Ana Baca
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2007

"Both English and Spanish versions move smoothly and quickly, and best of all, there's a recipe for the treat at the end. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In her latest, Baca offers another tale about the appealing and not always sensible Benito. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2009

"Mora's illustrations add a refreshing touch, effectively breaking up the text in this appealing introduction. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Mickey Rangel, a sweet, intuitive and smart fifth-grade student, faces the challenges of his first case as an amateur detective: the theft of an elegant pen, engraved with the White House logo and the President's signature, a gift to classmate Eddy from his senator father. Read full book review >

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JUAN AND THE CHUPACABRAS/JUAN Y EL CHUPACABRAS by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2006

"Another successful title for the author of Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask (2005). (Picture book. 6-9)"
Their grandfather's tales of his encounters with Latin American terrors La Llorona (the ghostly Weeping Woman) and the Chupacabras inspire Juan and his almost fearless cousin Luz to sneak out late. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY PIGGY / EL COCHINITO FUGITIVO by James Luna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2010

"Recipe appended. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The runaway cookie in this Mexican bakery is a soft, brown, stubby-tailed piglet as impertinently bold and smug in his continual escape as his Gingerbread Boy cousin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAROLINA MAN by Virginia Kantra
ROMANCE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Contemporary romance as warm and gratifying as a perfect day at the beach."
A Marine's world is completely upended when he receives a letter saying he's the guardian of a 10-year-old daughter he never knew about, and the attorney handling the matter feels like the woman he's been waiting for all his life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Captivating, though necessarily speculative."
Sensitive, respectful inquiry into the life of a now-famous slave potter. Read full book review >

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CAROLINA GOLD by Douglas McBriarty
Released: Jan. 9, 1990

A third outing for country-boy Sheriff Pete McPhee—this time out called to the trailer of scared, flaky, jewelry entrepreneur Stacey: her partner Terry is missing, and someone's been skulking around the place. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAROLINA HARMONY by Marilyn Taylor McDowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"Although Taylor clearly aims to emphasize the value of the old mountain ways, her nuanced narrative illuminates the value and the potential pitfalls of both modern and mountain culture. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Taylor's impressive debut takes place in the western mountains of 1960s North Carolina, just when modern, legalistic American culture has begun encroaching on the old mountain ways. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAROLINA SHOUT! by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"In his second collaboration with Schroeder (Ragtime Tumpie, 1989) Fuchs creates powerful oil paintings that beautifully celebrate the vitality of Charleston, and masterfully chronicle this vanished piece of African-American life. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An interesting cultural history of African-American street vendors in the preWW II South. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAROLINA CRUEL by Lawrence Thackston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2017

"A dark page-turner with an engrossing Southern sensibility."
A mystery novel renders an intricate landscape of history and violence. Read full book review >