Search Results: "Cathy Hirano"


BOOK REVIEW

HANNAH'S NIGHT by Komako Sakai
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Absolutely enchanting. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A child wakes in the middle of the night and embarks on a quiet adventure. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDS by Kazumi Yumoto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 1996

"This is an offbeat and unsentimental coming-of-age story—a Japanese Stand By Me—about friends fascinated by death, who end up learning about life. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In this graceful first novel, the funeral of one boy's grandmother excites a curiosity about death in three Japanese schoolboys: fatherless Kawabe, jiggling with nervous energy; pudgy, soft-hearted Yamashita; and the narrator, Kiyama. Read full book review >

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THE LETTERS by Kazumi Yumoto
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 13, 2002

"Such an adult sensibility, combined with a story about a young child, may limit the teenage audience, but for those readers who appreciate evocative writing that explores psychological questions, this quiet novel will be satisfying indeed. (Fiction. 13+)"
In this lyrical tale translated from Japanese, a 28-year-old woman looks back on the year after her father's death, when she was six and seven. Read full book review >

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DRAGON SWORD AND WIND CHILD by Noriko Ogiwara
FICTION
Released: May 14, 1993

"The physical, metaphysical, and metaphorical all mingle in this flowery, dreamlike love story. (Fiction. 12+)"
From the Japanese, a heroic fantasy featuring an orphan swept up in the gods' quarrels. Read full book review >

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MORIBITO by Nahoko Uehashi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Jam-packed with monstrous combat, ethnic conflicts and complex mythologies, Balsa and Chagum's story will win many new fans for this series. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
This newly translated 1996 Japanese fantasy has spawned nine sequels, a radio drama, a manga comic book and an anime television series in Japan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKY CHICKY CHOOK CHOOK by Cathy MacLennan
ANIMALS
Released: March 20, 2007

"The large type and elongated format add appeal and invite reading aloud and participation. (Picture book. 3-5)"
MacLennan's appealing cover immediately grabs attention with five, bright yellow chicks jigging against a brown background. Read full book review >

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KARMA by Cathy Ostlere
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Brimming with mature themes, graphic violence and page-ripping twists of plot, this over-caffeinated loosely based historical saga is for sophisticated teens at best. (Fiction/poetry. 15 & up)"
Canadian author Ostlere's first novel in verse sweeps across North American and the Indian subcontinent with a force so violent and life altering one might mistake the teen protagonists caught in the vortex of large-scale religious strife and local isolation as slightly sanitized transplants from The Thorn Birds. Read full book review >

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DIZZY by Cathy Cassidy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Not the stuff of which classics are made, but a good read nonetheless. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Dizzy hears from her mother only once a year—on her birthday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 16, 1989

Unique, often fascinating view of contemporary (though pre-glasnost) Soviet life by an appealing, articulate young writer—now an American citizen living in New Jersey—who arrived in the US in 1980 at the age of 17. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Sing What You Cannot Say by Cathy Raymond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2015

"Monumental history wrapped in a poppy whodunit; the well-employed device makes for a provocative tale readers won't soon forget."
A chilling real-lifeback story haunts this otherwise quirky murder mystery, Raymond's debut.Read full book review >

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SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Cathy Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Commonplace story, but bestselling UK novelist Kelly has a wonderful flair for characterization and a gentle sense of humor: an appealing debut on this side of the Atlantic."
Three women plus assorted lovers, husbands, and children. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER by Cathy Ace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"The diverse sleuths are charming enough to raise WISE's latest adventure above the rather mundane mystery."
Wedding plans are made even more difficult when a man goes missing. Read full book review >