Search Results: "Christa Unzner"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SPY IN THE ATTIC by Ursel Scheffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Unzner provides endearing color illustrations on every page of this amiable book. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The Spy In The Attic (64 pp.; $13.95; PLB $13.88; Apr. 1, 1997; 1-55858-727-6; PLB 1-55858-728-4): When Mr. Leon, a new upstairs neighbor, receives some deliveries late at night that appear to be a coffin and a cannon, Martin is suspicious. Read full book review >

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THE GIFTS by Regina Fackelmayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Unzner's ethereal illustrations use a softly shaded palette with snowy backgrounds in pale gray, complimenting Mia's fairylike quality in both her appearance and her solitary lifestyle. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl named Mia reaches out to help others on Christmas Eve in this quietly appealing tale originally published in Switzerland. Read full book review >

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WEEKEND WITH GRANDMOTHER by Wolfram Hänel
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Unzner's (The Clown Who Said, No, not reviewed, etc.) watercolors-over-ink sketches adorn every page and bring warmth and dimension to the story. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Grandmother's enthusiasm is contagious in this story designed to inspire the early reader to enjoy the simple things in life. Read full book review >

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MEREDITH, THE WITCH WHO WASN'T by Dorothea Lachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a point delivered with a light touch, ably crafted and colored in Unzner's exuberant paintings. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Meredith is a witch, but she avoids the usual witchy trappings and doesn't really like magic, so her spells suffer. Read full book review >

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LORETTA AND THE LITTLE FAIRY by Gerda Marie Scheidl
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

A pleasant, if unexceptional, story about a lonely little girl who meets a fairy just her size. Read full book review >

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THE HIDDEN DEEP by Christa Kinde
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"A slow but ultimately successful installment in a serviceable Christian fiction series aimed at middle-grade readers. (order of angels, discussion questions) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
This second volume in the Threshold series stands, as did the series debut, with one foot in the clouds—amid an epic battle of angels and demons—and another planted firmly on the Earth, entrenched in the ordinary lives of the Pomeroy family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT REMAINS by Christa Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

Ten years' worth of stories by (formerly East) German writer Wolf (Accident, 1989; No Place on Earth, 1982; etc.), with the title novella being of most interest: a woman writer is being followed closely by secret police, with her own internal censor in full gear as well. Read full book review >

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UNCLE RABBIT'S BUSY VISIT by Christa Kempter
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Kemper's clever premise is undermined by a vague and unsatisfying ending; Weldin's soft illustrations have more warmth than the story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Can the bustling Rabbit and the laid-back Bear share a house? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"The final sequence, a journey through a Native American dreamscape, finds the narrator facing the end of her life and making peace with uncertainty. The book's poetry should appeal to an American audience even if the political context sometimes gets lost in translation."
The German novelist Wolf's final book opens with a disclaimer stating that none of the characters or situations in the book are true. But because the book is based on a real turn in Wolf's life—the discovery in 1992 that she once collaborated with East Germany's secret police, the Stasi—the truth isn't quite that straightforward. In fact, very little in this fascinating book is. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Frank and funny but slim on verifiable facts."
Purportedly the memoirs of a young Korean-American woman who found the key to success in the sex business. Read full book review >

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IN THE FLESH by Christa Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A murky and elliptical descent into darkness."
German writer from the former GDR, Wolf offers her latest intellectual-personal foray (Medea: A Modern Retelling, 1998, etc.): a somber, spare, sensitive treatment of pain, illness and memory. Read full book review >