Search Results: "Eugene Evasco"


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PAGPAGAYUK by Eugene Evasco
retold by Eugene Evasco, illustrated by Piya Constantino, developed by Vibal Publishing House
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2011

"Still, the story of the evil giant, the desperate storyteller and a thieving bird (the title character) is unusual enough in its storytelling and design to stand out in the app crowd. (iPad storybook app. 6-12)"
A Filipino folktale seems less than striking at first glance, but subtle visual effects in the app make it worth a second glance. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING OF FALCON HOUSE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"Eerie and effective. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A "found" Russian manuscript recounts a late-19th-century haunting. Read full book review >

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ARCADY'S GOAL by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An uplifting, believable ending makes this companion lighter—but no less affecting—than its laurelled predecessor. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Two survivors of Stalinist oppression attempt to form a family in this companion (not sequel) to the 2012 Newbery Honor-winning Breaking Stalin's Nose. Read full book review >

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BREAKING STALIN'S NOSE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A story just as relevant in our world, 'where innocent people face persecution and death for making a choice about what they believe to be right,' as that of Yelchin's childhood. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
"There's no place for the likes of you in our class," Sasha Zaichik's teacher tells him, and that seems to be the motto of the whole Stalinist nation. Read full book review >

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HEART OF A SNOWMAN by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Yelchin's visuals are interesting, if occasionally disorienting, but they cannot save this story from melting as thoroughly as any snowman. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little boy learns why snowmen always melt in this out-of-control surreal adventure. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"Bernardin's saintliness shines through in this memoir, but less brightly than it might have, had the paradoxes in priestliness only intimated here been more directly addressed. (12 illustrations)"
Kennedy (Psychology/Loyola Univ.) evokes the memory of his friend Cardinal Bernardin in a literary portrait that aspires to poetry and sometimes succeeds. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Sound insights into the conservative intellectual reaction to the ascendancy of liberal beliefs in the '60s, and an interesting window into the passions of the times."
A collection of essays, from the 1960s, that provides a conservative perspective on that decade. Read full book review >

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Released: March 5, 2008

"A sweet gesture from a grandfather to his grandchildren, but unlikely to be embraced by the reading public."
An academic's foray into children's books results in a strange collection of awkwardly constructed rhymes paired with flawed illustrations. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A poor contribution to a serious subject, this may indeed illustrate just how badly Catholic religious life misshapes one's understanding of sexual life—although probably not in the way the author intended."
A short and rather smarmy reconsideration of the traditional Catholic doctrines regarding marriage and celibacy, written by ex-priest Kennedy (My Brother Joseph, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 29, 2001

"Goodheart writes with disarming gentleness throughout, but his memoir is a forlorn reminder that the Great Books do not necessarily provide moral compasses or solace for the human condition."
A literary critic reflects on his career in the elite circles of the academy, his tenuous connection to Jewish identity, and the vicissitudes of age. Read full book review >

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DISINTEGRATION by Eugene Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Robinson's parsing of the current situation is better journalism than sociology, but it makes for a highly readable, insightful take on race in America."
"Black America, as we knew it, is history." Read full book review >