Search Results: "Erika Hayasaki"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DEATH CLASS by Erika Hayasaki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"These assignments invite readers to consider the essential question of Bowe's course—and Hayasaki's book: How can we learn to celebrate life?"
In the genre of uplifting books about inspiring people, former Los Angeles Times reporter Hayasaki (Literary Journalism/Univ. of California, Irvine) offers a portrait of Norma Bowe, a psychiatric nurse and teacher at Kean University, whose "Death in Perspective" class has changed the lives of some of her most vulnerable students. Read full book review >

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AZAD'S CAMEL by Erika Pal
Kirkus Star
by Erika Pal, illustrated by Erika Pal
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Her heart-tugging tale also folds in a succinct social-studies lesson, and a brief afterword explains the controversial 'sport' of camel racing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A kidnapped orphan races away to freedom. Read full book review >

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THE BROKEN SPELL by Erika McGann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Thankfully, these young witches will return. (Urban fantasy. 10-14)"
Can five young witches trained only in the theory of their craft fend off the magical attacks of the Mirrorman? Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"A middling Middle Earth-ian yarn, then, that seems destined to be the next big thing among the Game of Thrones set."
Chick lit meets swords and sorcery in the perfect commodity for a hot demographic. Read full book review >

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FORCED TO FLEE by Erika Berg
Released: March 1, 2015

"An illuminating work of children's hardship and self-expression."
Debut author Berg edits a collection of art from young Myanmar refugees. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"A delightfully eclectic history told with charm and thoughtfulness."
A deeply personal account of the imprint Germans left on New Mexico and the United States at large. Read full book review >

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TAKE THE BAI ROAD by Erika Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Fast-paced, invigorating, and entertaining."
In the second installment of Mitchell's (Bai Tide, 2015, etc.) spy series, a CIA operative on an off-the-books mission tracks mysterious, cartel-affiliated cargo in Mexico. Read full book review >

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THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN HOME by Erika Tamar
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"A compelling journey into the past with engaging characters, this story manages to avoid sentimentality, and yet still pulls the heartstrings. (afterword) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Tamar (Alphabet City Ballet, 1996, etc.) has fashioned a rich narrative around the little-known but remarkable historical phenomenon of the orphan train. Read full book review >

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THE JUNKYARD DOG by Erika Tamar
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1995

"It's just plain touching. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Katie sees a skinny, matted mutt getting stoned in the junkyard by a bunch of teenage boys, she is struck by the misery in the dog's eyes. Read full book review >

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EYE FOR AN EYE by Erika Holzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1993

"Moderately involving, with an intriguing heroine; but far- fetched, slow-paced, preachy, and confused about its moral stance: for all its manipulations, the Rosenberg remains a more exciting- -and honest—read."
On the heels of Nancy Taylor Rosenberg's Mitigating Circumstances (1992) comes this second thriller about a female vigilante. Read full book review >