Search Results: "Chris Grosso"


BOOK REVIEW

INDIE SPIRITUALIST by Chris Grosso
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"It's an artifice, sure, but compared to nonsense like The Secret, indie spiritualism has a lot going for it—maybe even some actual sincerity."
In a mixed bag of introspective insights and navel-gazing, Grosso tells the story of how he finally entered recovery after years of drug and alcohol abuse, which set him on the path of investigating his spiritual side far outside of organized religion. Read full book review >

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POPULAR by Alissa Grosso
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2011

"An interesting ending makes the inconsistent path worth the ride. (Fiction. YA)"
Everyone knows that high-school senior Hamilton Best throws the best and most exclusive parties. Read full book review >

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SHALLOW POND by Alissa Grosso
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 8, 2013

"The three sisters are memorable characters, but by introducing science treated so superficially, the author renders her plotline as shallow as her pond. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Three sisters feel trapped in their tiny rural town, unable to find a way out. Read full book review >

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FEROCITY SUMMER by Alissa Grosso
Released: May 8, 2012

"While peer pressure may be difficult to resist, this novel is not. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A troubled teen tries to understand how her life has hit rock bottom in this clumsily executed, issue-cluttered novel. Read full book review >

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I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This is a worthy and entertaining read about how talent develops and what the potential consequences of pursuing it are: drumroll, please, for a fine homage to spirited single-mindedness. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sam hears drumbeats in her head, so it's hard for her to think about anything but her passionate need to become an accomplished drummer. Read full book review >

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THE SNOW BEAST by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The short and clever text and colorful images make this book a great read-aloud for wintertime story hours and cozy nights at home with the little ones. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A quirky and snowy tale of affable beasts and friendship in unexpected places. Read full book review >

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SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN by Chris Haughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Sure to 'net' young audiences, who will definitely root for the birds. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A peace-waging parable, presented with wry minimalism à la Jon Klassen or Tomi Ungerer. Read full book review >

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CHICKENHARE by Chris Grine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Twisted, weird and fun. (Graphic fantasy/adventure. 9-14)

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Why did the Chickenhare cross the wintry terrain? Why, to flee a maniacal taxidermist, of course. Read full book review >

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PETER AND THE WOLF by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Among the plethora of Peters, his stands out for its seamless, jazzy match of verbal and visual exuberance. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Language chosen for its sound at least as much as for its meaning lends an improvisatory air to this rendition of Prokofiev's musical tale, and theatrical illustrations definitely kick things up an additional notch. Read full book review >

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MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE SEASIDE SHENANIGANS by Chris Monroe
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Fact-filled fun for the curious fixer-in-training. (Picture book. 4-8) "
Chico fixes a whole bunch of stuff at the beach and solves a mystery, too. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BLACK CROW by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"This quiet book that positions the child as a curious observer of the natural world is a little picture-book gem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Reminiscent of Christopher Myers's Black Cat (1999), but set in a rural rather than an urban setting, a lyrical text muses about the daily life of the titular little black crow. Read full book review >

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SNEAKY SHEEP by Chris Monroe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Fun for all. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Rocky and Blossom are sheep who have a reputation for disobedience and mischief. Read full book review >