Search Results: "Deborah Blumenthal"


BOOK REVIEW

DEBORAH by Esther Singer Kreitman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Essentially a curiosity, of some documentary value, but only marginal literary interest."
Accusatory autobiographical fiction, first published in 1936 as The Devil's Dance, enumerates the frustrations of an intellectually curious woman denied opportunities for education and self-expression. Read full book review >

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MAFIA GIRL by Deborah Blumenthal
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2014

"Despite all the wealth, Vogue photo shoots and designer clothing, mostly a down-to-earth slice of life; more Kody Keplinger than Gossip Girl. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Enjoyable, straightforward high school drama despite the Mafia princess framework. Read full book review >

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HURRICANE KISS by Deborah Blumenthal
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2016

"A neatly wrought, effective survival tale. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two teens find themselves alone as a Category 5 hurricane threatens Houston. Read full book review >

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THE LIFEGUARD by Deborah Blumenthal
Released: March 1, 2012

"Fine for diehard romance fans. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
A girl spends the summer at her aunt's beach house and falls for a fascinating, handsome lifeguard with supernatural healing powers. Read full book review >

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ICE PALACE by Deborah Blumenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"Like prison sentences, by golly—and us, too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
For so wondrous a spectacle, even upon the book's bedrock of hope, trust, and community, Blumenthal has concocted a deeply quieting and reflective story of the Lake Saranac Ice Palace. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An odd hybrid in which the personal and political awkwardly jostle one another and tend to get hopelessly mixed up in the fray."
Expressly following the feminist dictum that ``the personal is political,'' Pogrebin (Among Friends, 1986; Family Politics, 1983, etc.), a founding editor of Ms. magazine, mixes memoir with reportage to chart her dual commitment to Judaism and feminism. Read full book review >

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FANCY PARTY GOWNS by Deborah Blumenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Kudos to a title that recognizes a previously uncelebrated African-American woman of achievement. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Society ladies and screen actresses made Ann Cole Lowe's gowns famous, but no one credited their African-American designer. Read full book review >

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BLACK DIAMOND & BLAKE by Deborah Blumenthal
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"Hyman's lovely pastels provide a 1950s feel, which seems at odds with the modernity of the rehab programs. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Black Diamond, a fictional champion racehorse, goes to a prison equine rehabilitation center after a career-ending injury, in this tale inspired by real-life prison programs. Read full book review >

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THE PINK HOUSE AT THE SEASHORE by Deborah Blumenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2005

"Chayka's broadly executed, colorful gouache illustrations effectively express the poignant mood of this lovingly told story that will resonate for anyone who has suffered a life-transforming loss. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In the aftermath of a hurricane, a family returns to the site of its seashore vacation cottage to find "a world shaken, / turned upside down, / inside out." Read full book review >

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AUNT CLAIRE’S YELLOW BEEHIVE HAIR by Deborah Blumenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The strength of Annie's urge to create connections with previous generations may kindle a similar interest in young readers—outweighing poor design that has allowed text on some pages to vanish into the gutter. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A child catches glimpses of her family's past in what they've left behind in this richly sentimental portrait gallery. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE HOUSE DOG by Deborah Blumenthal
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Though it doesn't break any new ground, dog lovers will enjoy the story of this helpful boy and his newfound canine companion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An unnamed boy of about ten describes a shy, homeless dog from his neighborhood that eventually becomes the boy's new pet. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE HITS IT BIG by Deborah Blumenthal
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Even for ambitious guinea pigs, there really is no place like home. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What's a guinea pig with dreams of movie stardom to do? Read full book review >