Search Results: "Cristina Kessler"


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CRISTINA! by Cristina Saralegui
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 1998

"A half-witted tell-all in the talk-show mode. (Author tour)"
In this gutsy but simple-minded memoir, the 49-year-old host and executive producer of El Show de Cristina, copublisher of the magazine Cristina la Revista, and host of the daily radio program Cristina Opina offers her advice on marriage, child-rearing, racial and sexual discrimination, menopause, and the challenge of growing old. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Many quotes from Reilly and the king of Swaziland make this quite accessible, inspiring fare. (pronunciation guide, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
A contemporary African success story to please all budding conservationists. Read full book review >

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TROUBLE IN TIMBUKTU by Cristina Kessler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"More irksome than the banal plot, however, are the constant attempts to create African colloquialisms: Readers may grow tired of them 'faster than dust during a harmattan storm' and find themselves 'hungry as a camel four days into the desert' for a reprieve. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Precocious twins, Saharan sandstorms and black-market antiquities are par for the course in this middling adventure story set in Timbuktu, but Kessler somehow breathes new life into recycled themes in this Clive Cussler-esque thriller for teens. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: July 15, 2006

"Jenkins's intensely colored mixed-media illustrations, employing both abstract images and realistic faces, depict a traditional society with few hints of modernity. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Almaz is a spunky young lady who wants to raise bees and make honey, work that is only done by men in her Ethiopian village of Lalibela. Read full book review >

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KONTE CHAMELEON FINE, FINE, FINE! by Cristina Kessler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The fine design includes African textiled borders, cleverly mirrored in the West African cloth hat and sack of Dr. Jalloh. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Kessler (All the King's Animals, 1995, etc.) records a story told to her by a friend in Niger, whose grandfather told it to him, a testament to the endurance of the oral tradition. Read full book review >

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JUBELA by Cristina Kessler
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Though author and illustrator steer clear of anthropomorphism ('Jubela' is the name given the young rhino by game park rangers), the parent-child attachment, and the anxiety of facing a wide world without adult protection, comes through clearly. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Based on a true incident, this tale of an orphaned baby rhinoceros that beats the odds by surviving will not only move readers, but also will serve as a heads-up that poaching has brought rhinos to the edge of extinction. Read full book review >

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MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER’S GOURD by Cristina Kessler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Gently making the case for respecting traditions, Kessler (No Condition Is Permanent, 1999, etc.) also teaches a bit about a country not often depicted in children's picture books. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Fatima's Sudanese village is caught between the ways of the past and the present in a story based on a true event in modern East Africa. Read full book review >

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A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A discomfiting, gripping mystery with plenty of sharp edges. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A young woman returns for the summer from her mother's in New York City to her dad's house in a small Maine town, intent on uncovering what actually happened to her best friend, who is only officially recognized by the police as missing even though her ex-boyfriend confessed to—but then recanted—having killed her. Read full book review >

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Who Broke The Girl? by Cristina Costantino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"An odd but often satisfying story, told in an unusual voice."
A lifetime of wandering gradually leads a woman to greater happiness, as revealed in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

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KISSING THE SKY by Cristina Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"A deftly balanced mélange of word and image to delight both the mind and the eye."
Half poetry, half photography, this new collection is a cannily crafted hybrid. Read full book review >