Search Results: "Coleen M. Paratore"


BOOK REVIEW

CATCHING THE SUN by Coleen M. Paratore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Warm and winning. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Dylan gets a special present for his fifth birthday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MACK MCGINN’S BIG WIN by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2007

"Mack's believable narration and ample sense of humor make this sports story a cut above the rest, especially for the more sensitive sports readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Mack McGinn's family has a tradition of winning. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Complete with another of 'Willa's pix,' a list of her recommended books, this is sure to please bibliophiles, theater lovers and anyone looking for a good story. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Willa is still getting used to the idea of having JFK as her official boyfriend; her mother and stepfather are gearing up for another busy season at the inn; and Nana is working hard to come up with new taffy and fudge flavors to wow the tourists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAMSLEEVES by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"While a few passages lean precariously toward the polemical and the resolutions are pretty quick and tidy, readers will be too squarely in A's court to care. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This inspirational story set in the 1960s will resonate with a wide range of readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Lovers of hip, edgy or meta should look elsewhere, but this story carries its own brand of modest delight for the right reader. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Crammed with incident, yet loose and rambling and without much dramatic arc, this slice-of-life novel, the sixth in the series, charts Willa's life, loves and personal growth though part of an event-filled summer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CUPID CHRONICLES by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Complete with a suggested reading list, this sequel will not disappoint readers anxious for another dance with Willa and her friends. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After playing cupid to both her mother and her grandmother in The Wedding Planner's Daughter (2005), 13-year-old Willa Havisham just might find herself in love this time—but only if she can save the town library, keep Ruby from stealing Joey away and survive her mother's eccentric guests. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUNNY HOLIDAY by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A first-person narrative, full of high hopes and sensible advice, this feel-good story slips down easily. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Unhappy that January is so dark and boring, fourth-grader Sunny hopes to invent a new holiday—a Kids Day halfway between Christmas and Valentine's Day—and to get the mayor to proclaim it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PEARL AMONG PRINCES by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Should be read with a large dose of sand and sun. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A wisp of a plot barely holds the weight of the frothy, overworked prose in this transparent fairy-tale romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Romantic and real. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Willa Havisham has always wanted a father, but her mother, Stella, seems destined to always be the wedding planner and never the bride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR’S SON by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Despite the action that follows as Kip struggles to unravel the mystery of Billy's distress, the story fails to engage, leaving the reader flat on the ground. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Since 1875, Campbell and Sons Funeral Home has been taking care of the dead in the tiny, depressed town of Clover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Prudence may believe, but readers won't. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Paratore's tale of a skeptical child who learns to believe founders on art from an illustrator who doesn't seem to have read it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CATCHING FIREFLIES by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2014

"Users could end up with a cache of ideas and a habit that could conceivably last a lifetime. (iPad writing app. 10-16)"
Part journal, part writing exercise, this app aims to help young writers get in the habit of writing. Read full book review >