Search Results: "Crystal Velasquez"


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HUNTERS OF CHAOS by Crystal Velasquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"Here's hoping the second volume evens out the rough patches, as readers will undoubtedly be hungry for more of Ana and her friends' adventures. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Shape-shifting teenage girls work together to save the world in this contemporary fantasy. Read full book review >

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YOUR LIFE, BUT BETTER by Crystal Velasquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Girls who are eagerly anticipating their teen years will enjoy this breezy, reader-driven tale, however it turns out for them. (Novelty/fiction. 10-13)"
"Choose your own adventure" meets fashion-magazine personality quiz in this lively, light story aimed at young teens. Read full book review >

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THE CIRCLE OF LIES by Crystal Velasquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The book closes with events that will no doubt be the cornerstone of the plot of the next book; here's hoping that it will be believable. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The second installment in the Hunters of Chaos series doesn't waste time getting started. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA’S RECORDS by Eric  Velasquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Although we can't hear Grandma's song, this heart-felt story has a melody of its own. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In his debut as an author, Velasquez, illustrator of The Sound That Jazz Makes (2000) tells an entertaining first-person story (presumably autobiographical) of an unnamed Puerto Rican boy in the '50s who spends every summer with his grandmother in Spanish Harlem. Read full book review >

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LOOKING FOR BONGO by Eric  Velasquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"Darling. (glossary) (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little boy searches for his lost toy. Read full book review >

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IVAN AND THE DYNAMOS by Crystal Bowman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Andy's parents, with their straight-A, church-going son, are infinitely patient; Andy's pals are tagged with names like Mike Hanson, Jamie Jones, Duffy Conners, Billy Peterson, Denny Smith, and Jimmy Cleaver, and none of them emerges from the pack. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Andy Anderson, 11, is unhappy when he learns that he's been traded to Coach Lou Richards's team in the Squirt division of his local hockey league, but his anxieties soon prove unnecessary. Read full book review >

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THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC by Crystal Cestari
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Somewhat enjoyable provided it's not examined too closely. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A magical matchmaker searches for her own true love in this magic-infused Chicago. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2006

"Packed with information, memorable anecdotes and surprising statistics, all presented with assurance and enthusiasm."
A virtual encyclopedia of language, so broad in scope that its subtitle can only hint at its contents. Read full book review >

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SPELL IT OUT by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 18, 2013

"An entertaining mixture of erudition, attitude and wit that crackles, spits and sparkles."
A noted linguistics scholar and prolific author asks and answers the question, "Why do we spell words the way we do?" Read full book review >

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THE STORIES OF ENGLISH by David Crystal
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"A dense, significant history. Had it been shorter and otherwise more reader-friendly, it could have made waves. Regrettably, only ripples will likely ensue. (9 b&w illustrations; 12 maps)"
A celebrated linguist argues that all versions of English are created equal and that the reign of Emily Post-prescriptivists who insist that Standard English is "right" and all the rest "wrong" is nearing its end. Read full book review >

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THE LAURA LINE by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Smartly rigged with history and graced with quick dialogue, the novel sails with Laura's snappy quips. Unfortunately, the story's emotional core sinks, leaving readers unsatisfied and adrift. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Modern sass combines with a historical twist, making an uneven blend of middle school melodrama and the bitter realities of slavery. Read full book review >