Search Results: "Dia Calhoun"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 >

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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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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 >

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WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE by Ada Calhoun
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Calhoun ends with a toast that she actually would give, and it's wise and lovely."
True love never runs smooth according to these essays, which could pass as a memoir of the author's own marriage. Read full book review >

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BLACK MOON by Kenneth Calhoun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Calhoun writes beautifully, though the novel is occasionally slow-moving—and thus, ironically, becomes a cure for insomnia."
A novel about insomnia and dreams, and thus, almost by definition, it's surreal. Read full book review >

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BLUE-RIBBON HENRY by Mary Calhoun
Released: May 1, 1999

"Ingraham's illustrations capture all of the highlights and atmosphere of a county fair in the summertime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-688-14675-9 Blue-Ribbon Henry (40 pp.; $16.00; PLB $15.93; May; 0-688-14674-0; PLB 0-688-14675-9): Calhoun and Ingraham (Henry the Sailor Cat, 1994, etc.) welcome readers to the hustle and bustle of a county fair where Buttons, the dog, and Henry, the cat, are entered into a pet show. Read full book review >