Search Results: "Carolyn R. Arturi"


BOOK REVIEW

A DREAM TOO FAR by Carolyn R. Arturi
Released: July 26, 2012

"An engrossing mob life tale told in an authentic voice."
A goodfella recounts his life of crime, killing and evading the law in this pitch-perfect dark novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG WISH by Carolyn Conahan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2011

"Quirky and full of heart. (Picture book. 5-8)"
If wishes were dandelions, then... a whole town might go crazy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TWISTED TALE by Carolyn Fisher
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers who find Causley's 'Quack,' Said the Billy Goat (1986), or Most's Cow That Went Oink (1990) a trifle sedate won't have that problem with this unrestrained solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Fisher punches up a well-worn plot with vivid language and swirling modernist art that incorporates an equally wild hand-lettered text. Read full book review >

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STARFIELDS by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"While the concluding author's note provides explication of some of these elements, some readers may not stick it out. (Spanish/Mayan glossary) (Fiction. 9-12)"
In Marsden's latest tale of cross-cultural friendship, a modern Mayan girl fights to protect her rural Mexican village from encroaching development. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST CHILDREN by Carolyn Cohagan
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Readers who get to the resolution will find it as contrived and illogical as the rest of the book. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Twelve-year-old Josephine falls through a wormhole into a land whose cruel ruler bears her distant father's name in this confused and confusing debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVING WILL SHAKESPEARE by Carolyn Meyer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The tale closes with a brief account of Will's many years in London, and his return home to Stratford for five good years before his death. (Historical fiction. YA)"
Meyer has done her research and very neatly tied this first-person narrative to the slim sheaf of facts known about William Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOSTER'S WAR by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"By story's end, all of them have taken the first tentative steps toward reconciliation, a moving and believable conclusion to a story of a family in conflict. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A vivid and compelling piece of historical fiction that also serves as a telling commentary on the effects an abusive parent has on his family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FALLING THROUGH DARKNESS by Carolyn MacCullough
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"No false cheer at the end, but a sliver of hopefulness as Ginny begins to gain clarity and decides to tell her father the complicated truth. (Fiction. YA)"
This emotional page-turner uses present tense to create a sense of immediacy—and to mirror 17-year-old Ginny's frame of mind as she refuses to think about the past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEE AND JACKY by Carolyn Coman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"Readers may find the story's ambiguities creepy, and impossible to decipher, but they have an irreversible impact and, for good or bad, leave a lasting impression. (Fiction. 13+)"
Coman (What Jamie Saw, 1995, etc.) takes on another taboo in this hallucinatory tale of a profoundly injured family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANPA'S MOUNTAIN by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Grandpa's battle may drag on a bit, but Carrie's increasing strength and her fierce loyalties hold attention as she learns that relations mean more than locations, and that losing may not be so bad if you have tried as hard as you can. (Fiction. 8-12)"
During her usual summer's stay with her grandparents in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Carrie finds that the government is buying all the local farms and burning the homes to convert the area to the new Shenandoah National Park. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIDEON'S PEOPLE by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Meyer (Rio Grande Stories, 1994) gives her characters the motives, beliefs, hearts, and dreams to make each one's behavior compelling and inevitable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Isaac, 12, and his father, Jakob—a peddler of household goods just after the turn of the century—are making the rounds of their customers in eastern Pennsylvania when an accident leaves the boy badly hurt. Read full book review >