Search Results: "François Place"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WRECK OF THE ZANZIBAR by Michael Morpurgo
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Laura takes an active role in the rescue; her courage lights up a small, tidy drama. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A great-aunt's childhood diary opens a window to the past in this introspective, deeply felt story by Morpurgo (The War of Jenkins' Ear, p. 1284, etc.). Read full book review >

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TOBY ALONE by Timothée de Fombelle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Witty, original and devastatingly entertaining. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
An adventurous fable stars a miniscule hero facing massive ordeals. Read full book review >

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TOBY AND THE SECRETS OF THE TREE by Timothée de Fombelle
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A mess, but a spectacular one. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
A Lilliputian world yields sharp political satire in this adventure fable, sequel to Toby Alone (2009). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEVER CATCH A COLD by André François
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"A bit of Gallic foolery, just in time for cold season. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small, witty portrait gallery of colds, originally composed in French for a pharmaceutical company's ad campaign. Read full book review >

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FAMILY TREES by François Weil
Released: April 30, 2013

"Weil convincingly delineates the fact that origins matter; they fill many needs, from the noble to the nasty."
A genealogy of American genealogy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 2014

"A bright, absorbing account of a short period in history that still resounds today."
Furstenberg (History/Johns Hopkins Univ.; In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation, 2007) expands the historical outlook of the 18th century's great upheavals and shows the global effects of the Enlightenment. Read full book review >

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EDGAR WANTS TO BE ALONE by Jean-François Dumont
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"Best shared with preschoolers just learning irony. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An ill-tempered rat's efforts to shake off a supposed stalker ultimately take a biting, satiric twist. Literally. Read full book review >

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THE GUILT PROJECT by Vanessa Place
NON-FICTION
Released: March 23, 2010

"A sophisticated, brave look at a topic that too often provokes merely panic, prejudice and posturing."
Drawing insight from a career defending "the most loathed of the loathsome," a California appellate attorney looks at crime and punishment under our sex laws. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSING NIMÂMÂ by Melanie Florence
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"A solid debut picture book that works as a record of voices that are usually unheard, ignored, and forgotten. (glossary of Cree terms) (Picture book. 7-10)"
A free-verse intergenerational story of separation, loss, and daughter-mother connection amid the ongoing crisis of missing First Nations girls and women. Read full book review >

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THE SHEEP GO ON STRIKE by Jean-François Dumont
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2014

"Dumont's lesson can run shallow or deep, but it is a winner either way. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the sheep go on strike, this French farmyard finds a national tradition has crossed species. Read full book review >

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BIRD CHILD by Nan Forler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"This is a sensitive account through an empowered youngster's eyes, significantly more abstract than Say Something, by Peggy Moss, illustrated by Lea Lyon (2004), but covering much the same emotional turf. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Eliza learns a powerful truth from her mother, which she draws on when a classmate is victimized. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEMOIR IN TWO VOICES by François Mitterrand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1996

"But private thoughts on significant public issues abound."
A dialogue between two friends who have been prominent 20th- century figures on such topics as wide-ranging as childhood, faith, war, and literature. Read full book review >