Search Results: "Elisa Amato"


BOOK REVIEW

I DREAMT...A BOOK ABOUT HOPE by Gabriela  Olmos
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Bibliotherapy is a tricky business, as is the desire to shield young children from images that may cause nightmares. This is sure to arouse passion in both camps. (editor's note) (Picture book. 7-12)"
Created to benefit the International Board on Books for Young People's Fund for Children in Crisis program, this picture book presents provocative images and ideas regarding the violence many young people encounter. Read full book review >

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'E' IS FOR ELISA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 1991

"Fans are sure to enjoy this latest entry in a popular series. (Fiction. 4-10)"
These six easily read chapters about the four-year-old sister of Russell, one of Hurwitz's favorite characters, are appropriate for precocious readers and listeners as well as for Russell's third-grade contemporaries. Read full book review >

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MAKE ROOM FOR ELISA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A humorous, recognizable portrayal of family life, with Hoban's characteristic b&w sketches to add dimension. (Fiction. 4- 8)"
Russell's little sister (``E'' Is for Elisa, 1991), now five, helps Russell through an embarrassing moment at his violin recital; gets eyeglasses; finds herself locked in the bathroom of the family's new apartment; learns a lesson about admitting wrongdoing; and, finally, welcomes a new baby brother. Read full book review >

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ELISA MICHAELS, BIGGER & BETTER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Familiar situations and characters, frequent pencil illustrations, and generous font and white space make this a perfect transitional book for new readers who will look forward to following Elisa and her warm family and friends in the future. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Elisa, almost eight, is the star of the newest Riverside Kids series. Read full book review >

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EVER-CLEVER ELISA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This story is full of good intentions, but lacks energy. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 5-8)"
There are few surprises in this outing from Hurwitz (Make Room for Elisa, 1993, etc.), who lays on the lessons with heavy hand and subdues any potential excitement with deadening passive-voice narration: ``Books were given out to the students, and the routine was explained.'' In six short chapters, Elisa attends her first day of first grade, follows her father into a voting booth, counts down to her birthday, celebrates Mother's Day in the wee hours of the morning, swallows a tooth, and enters a raffle. Read full book review >

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OUR TEACHER IS A VAMPIRE AND OTHER (NOT) TRUE STORIES by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Great fun, especially for budding writers; they'll find kindred spirits within. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Alexander suspects Mrs. Penrose is a vampire; that mystery is the spark that ignites an exciting year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2010

"Solving puzzles, making friends and learning to see the world more clearly are the true aims of this adventure. (Mystery. 7-10)"
A mystery, a school story, sibling rivalry and the loss of a pet blend surprisingly well in this engaging chapter book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Hope for sequels. (Fiction. 7- 9)"
Amato offers an early chapter book sure to entice reluctant readers and leave them laughing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STUFF by Ivan Amato
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1997

"It is a heady time for this new discipline, and Amato gives a good sense of its energy and potential. (illustrations, not seen)"
Materials science sees the world as fodder for new and better structural materials; here's an overview of this new discipline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

King Peso by Carmen Amato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A satisfying read with plenty of bad guys and a solid, well-defined heroine."
Emilia Cruz Encinos is back for her fourth outing as Acapulco's only female detective, once again confronting institutionalized corruption while trying to solve a string of murders. Read full book review >

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GUITAR NOTES by Mary Amato
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 24, 2012

"This one will resonate. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Tripp Broody and Lila Marks (Mr. Odd and Ms. Even) alternate lunch-period use of an instrumental practice room and a school guitar, developing a bond through their shared feelings of pressure and their love for making their own music. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"Passionately argued but technical and tedious."
An examination of the obstacles that independent and third-party candidates face while running for office. Read full book review >