Search Results: "Crystal Velasquez"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"This stands out for its unusual setting and smooth integration of friendship and family concerns. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sucked into "business" with a crooked classmate, bowling fanatic Lamar Washington makes good money faking his skills, but when a disruptive prank reveals his new friend Billy's duplicity, he realizes how wrong it was to aim to be "the smoothest baddest dude" in Coffin, Ind. Read full book review >

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STILL FOOLIN' 'EM by Billy Crystal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A charming, warm, welcome read for Crystal's legions of fans."
A humorous take on mortality by famed comedian and actor Crystal (700 Sundays, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >