Search Results: "Cecilia Galante"


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BE NOT AFRAID by Cecilia Galante
Released: April 28, 2015

"A quick, freaky read. (Horror. 13 & up)"
A girl finds herself unwillingly connected to her classmate's spiritual possession. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER OF MAY by Cecilia Galante
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2011

"Galante deftly weaves together the parallel stories of May and her teacher, while demonstrating how it's their work together, like Holling Hoodhood's sessions with Mrs. Baker in The Wednesday Wars (2007), that changes them both. (Fiction. 9-13)"
"What's fat and short and green all over?" Read full book review >

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WILLOWOOD by Cecilia Galante
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2010

"While Nate's speech is inconsistent, Lily's growing maturity will strike a chord with young readers experiencing their own changes. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Although less tightly woven than Frances O'Roark Dowell's tween stories, Galante's third novel tenderly explores the impact of friendship, family and bullying on preteen girls. Read full book review >

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THE SWEETNESS OF SALT by Cecilia Galante
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Like salt brings out sweetness, the drama draws out the sweet, sniffle-inducing ending. (Fiction. YA)"
On graduation, valedictorian Julia has her summer planned out—avoid Milo, who snubbed her after prom; start a prestigious internship, arranged by her lawyer father; pack for her first year in prelaw, also encouraged by her father—until her polar-opposite sister, Sophie, shows up and demands that Julia be told the truth about the family's secret past. Read full book review >

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STEALING OUR WAY HOME by Cecilia Galante
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"A heartbreaking, uplifting ode to staying true to family even in the worst of times. (Fiction. 10-14)"
What wouldn't a desperate man do to help his children? What wouldn't desperate kids do to save their dad and themselves? Read full book review >

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THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES by Cecilia Galante
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Readers will be amazed by Agnes and Honey's strength to enter a brave new world of Big Macs and automatic doors—and independence and unconditional love. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Agnes fasts and self-mutilates to emulate the martyrs depicted in her copy of The Saints' Way, while orphaned Honey would rather contemplate the beauty of butterflies than the religious rhetoric they have been forced to follow from their oppressive leader, Emmanuel. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD FROM UP HERE by Cecilia Galante
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"Galante's penned a poignant tale of self-discovery. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Wren is besieged with worry. Read full book review >

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BROKEN PARADISE by Cecilia Samartin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Histrionics aside, an insider account with real teeth."
Pre- and post-revolutionary Cuba as seen through the eyes of a young refugee. Read full book review >

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TARNISHED BEAUTY by Cecilia Samartin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2008

"Soulful and unsentimental."
Three parallel love stories and a pilgrimage inform Samartin's second novel (Broken Paradise, 2007). Read full book review >

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VIGIL by Cecilia Samartin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2009

"Earnest, but the main characters' saintliness dilutes the drama."
A nun-in-training finds her true calling caring for a dysfunctional Angeleno family in Samartin's determinedly upbeat third novel (Tarnished Beauty, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"This richly rendered but unfocused novel needs more action and less art history to keep readers intrigued."
A coveted painting of the Immaculate Conception connects the lives of women past and present in Velástegui's ambitious debut novel. Read full book review >