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 >

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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

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THE LEGACY AND THE TESTAMENT by François Villon
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An enjoyable romp through the mind of one of France's funniest, most dissolute, and most affecting sons."
Villon, the enfant terrible of medieval France, is best known for The Legacy and The Testament, two long lyrics that he completed just before being exiled from Paris in 1462 for stabbing an attorney. Read full book review >