Search Results: "Carolina Villarroel"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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BLOODY WATERS by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A talent worth watching."
A first novel, set in Miami's upper-class Cuban community, featuring private eye Lupe Solano, daughter of rich ÇmigrÇs, who shares her cottage office with muscle-freak cousin Leonardo. Read full book review >

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"An effective foray into our world's patchwork of cultural identities."
A small poodle named Little Gizzi introduces readers to his animal friends around the world. Read full book review >

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CRUNCH! by Carolina Rabei
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Funny dialogue and an appealing character can't quite mitigate weakness in plotting. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pampered guinea pig named Crunch confronts his privilege. Read full book review >

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ONE HOT SUMMER by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

"Miami and its Cuban elite deserve better than two-dimensional characters with bad taste in expensive clothes, cars, and home decor."
After five mysteries, Garcia-Aguilera (Bitter Sugar, 2001, etc.) offers a tawdry romantic comedy about family and adultery among the upper echelons of Miami's expatriate Cuban community. Read full book review >

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PERLA by Carolina De Robertis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2012

"An elegantly written and affecting meditation on life in the wake of atrocity."
The ghost of Argentina's Dirty War quite literally haunts a woman whose father supported the junta's brutality. Read full book review >