Search Results: "Deborah Blumenthal"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Here's a right-on picture of a close, if not always smooth, relationship that will make knowing readers grin. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Siblings clash, then resolve their issues without parental meddling in these three child-centered episodes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HISTORY
Released: May 24, 2011

"An informative, insightful account of a fascinating period of American history. (glossary, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
When Congress passed the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol, supporters were convinced it would create a stronger, more moral nation. Instead, it ushered in an era of corruption and lawlessness, here brought to life with a fast-paced, gripping narrative and period photographs. Read full book review >