Search Results: "Dia Calhoun"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PHOENIX DANCE by Dia Calhoun
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Though the two genres don't blend seamlessly and the theme is spelled out too often, the piece is creative, moving and surprisingly organic. (author's note) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
One girl, 12 princesses and a metaphorical phoenix cycle back and forth from the Kingdom of Brilliance (mania) to the Kingdom of Darkness (depression) in this daring combination of a Grimm's fairy tale and an introduction to bipolar disorder. Read full book review >

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ARIA OF THE SEA by Dia Calhoun
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Elegant cover illustration, too. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A gifted teenager agonizes over career choices while learning to separate her desires from those of others in this leisurely ballet-school fantasy from the author of Firegold (1999). Read full book review >

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FIREGOLD by Dia Calhoun
Released: May 1, 1999

"This is Calhoun's first YA novel, and although it is overlong, with balky patches, she neatly joins the psychological and adventurous aspects of a boy's journey to adulthood with its more enigmatic side. (Fiction. 13-15)"
A heartfelt, emotionally trenchant coming-of-age adventure with a lightly mystical bent.Life would be wonderful for twelve-year-old Jonathon Brae if he weren't cursed with "loony blues," azure eyes that cause the brown-eyed, orchard-growing Valley people to regard him with fear and suspicion. Read full book review >

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EVA OF THE FARM by Dia Calhoun
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"Fans of Karen Hesse will welcome this partner in poetry. (Verse novel. 10-13)"
"[W]hoever heard of a heroine-poet?" Read full book review >

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AFTER THE RIVER THE SUN by Dia Calhoun
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"A quiet testament to readers who relish the beauty of language over action. (Verse novel. 9-12)"
A boy draws on Arthurian legend to ease his grief in this companion verse novel to Eva of the Farm (2012). Read full book review >

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AVIELLE OF RHIA by Dia Calhoun
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Calhoun overuses the word 'evil' and sometimes fumbles her earnest messages about race and gender, but the narration is appealingly visual and the characters full of heart. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Spirited characters and vividly multi-hued descriptions buoy unsubtle politics in this terrorism/racism tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE CALHOUN by Reynolds Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1992

Written in the almost buttery style that Price has favored since Kate Vaiden (1986), this melodrama concerns an ex-alcoholic music salesman, Blue Calhoun, living in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the 1950's. Read full book review >

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HASSIE CALHOUN by Pamela Cory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2011

"A dreary, hackneyed account of a young aspiring singer's adventures in Las Vegas."
In 1959, small-town Texas beauty Hassie Calhoun, 17, goes to Las Vegas hoping to sing at the famous Copa Room. With the help of Frank Sinatra, she loses her innocence but manages to cling to her dream of stardom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This enchanting presentation of the Día de los Muertos holiday will resonate with both those who are new to its traditions and those who have been celebrating for generations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As the title suggests, Thong and Ballesteros celebrate a Latino holiday that, though it is becoming increasingly more popular in all parts of the United States, is still somewhat misunderstood by non-Latino Americans. Read full book review >

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JOHN C. CALHOUN by Irving H. Bartlett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"A fine contribution to antebellum scholarship."
A scholarly, limpid life of the southern statesman and nullifier. Read full book review >

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SLICE OF CHERRY by Dia Reeves
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"This gleeful page-turner is a winner. (Urban fantasy. YA)"
Reeves returns to her fictional East Texas town of Portero for a tale more gruesome, disturbing and shamelessly enjoyable than Bleeding Violet (2009). Read full book review >

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BLEEDING VIOLET by Dia Reeves
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Captivating. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Portero, Texas, is so terrifying that out-of-towners flee in terror. Read full book review >