Search Results: "Estelle Meyrand"


BOOK REVIEW

SCROOGE by Charles Dickens
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Rodolphe, illustrated by Estelle Meyrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Adequate alternatives to the sometimes tediously wordy originals, though the lack of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come seems a major loss. (biographical sketch) (Graphic classic. 8-11)"
A double dose of Dickens, severely "adapted" in this graphic format but featuring illustrations that thicken the period atmosphere. Read full book review >

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MURDER CHEZ PROUST by Estelle Monbrun
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"No Proustian credentials are required to enjoy this suave debut, enlivened by the obligatory corrosive snapshots of academics as comically obsessed careerists."
The annual convention of the Proust Association at the home of the novelist's aunt outside Chartres is shattered by the murder of the Association's founder-president. Read full book review >

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BUT THEN I CAME BACK by Estelle Laure
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 4, 2017

"Rendered with insight and compassion, Eden's struggles to make peace with the human condition add up to a riveting coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Nursing a seriously bruised ego, out of sync with friends and family, Eden slipped, hit her head, and plunged into the icy river; in the coma that follows, she's approached by a strange girl whose urgent message she's unable to hear. Read full book review >

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DEATH BY MISADVENTURE by Estelle Thompson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1992

"A Harlequin-esque debut novel, with unsurprising twists, hints at romance, and a Happy Ending, but redeemed by the edgy, wary, believable relationship between Lyn and her father's second family."
Australian writer Thompson's promising beginning dwindles into contrivance as Lyn Sutton, now in her 20s, finally tracks down her dad—last seen when she was six and he was arrested for robbery and murder. Read full book review >

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THIS RAGING LIGHT by Estelle Laure
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 22, 2015

"A heartbreakingly hopeful, lyrically told exploration of the abandoned children-selfish parents trope. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When a teen is left on her own to care for herself and her sister, the most inconvenient thing possible happens: she falls in love. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BENGUIN by Estelle Billon Spagnol
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"Skip the dated allegory and seek out Arnold Adoff and Jacqueline Woodson instead. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Manifestly good intentions and charming illustrations can't rescue this high-concept, lead-footed tale, burdened with wince-inducing subtext. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1996

"A fascinating and brilliant woman, whose personality shines through sometimes plodding and digressive prose. (40 photos, not seen)"
Freedman (History/Stanford), author of a previous book on prison reform, tackles the commanding Miriam Van Waters, an early prison reformer and feminist. Read full book review >

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ALONG CAME YOU by Karona Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A brief introductory quotation from the Book of Psalms gives the book a religious orientation, though there is no other religious content. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This misguided attempt to make a child feel special unfolds in the voice of a doting mother who tells her daughter a sentimental story contrasting her life before and after having a child. Read full book review >

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ERNESTO by Umberto Saba
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"An exciting, pithy translation that will surely leave readers electrified and wanting to read more of Saba's work."
Set at the cusp of the 20th century, Saba's story takes the reader into the mind of a teenager in small-town Trieste, Italy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"Bracingly intimate and heartfelt."
A moving account of educator and Holocaust survivor Laughlin's experiences living in the Warsaw Ghetto and later, two concentration camps in the north and south of Poland. Read full book review >

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RUMPUS RHYMES by Bobbi Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Onomatopoeia has never been this much fun. (Poetry. 7-10)"
The introductory poem in Katz's (We the People, 2000, etc.) new collection asks the reader to imagine the library late at night. Read full book review >