Search Results: "Francesca Chessa"


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HOLLY’S RED BOOTS by Francesca Chessa
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The seamless combination of art and text will be rollicking fun for young readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Holly wants to make a snowman, but cannot find her red boots to keep her feet dry. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS PACKAGE by Francesca Chessa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Deeply textured and richly colored, they capture the flavors and resiliency of childhood daydreams and imbue the world of Charlie and Frances with an endearing simplicity. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Chessa tells a simple story of two children, Charlie and Frances, whose parents have received a large package in the mail. Read full book review >

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LIBRARY LILY by Gillian Shields
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2011

"Shields stops short of preaching, but it is 'the choir' who will most appreciate the message. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This gentle read presents a rosy-cheeked child, brand-new library card in hand, dazzled by the array of choices surrounding her on the shelves. Read full book review >

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BABY BABY BLAH BLAH BLAH! by Jonathan Shipton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"One baby's a handful, but two may be double trouble. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Emily has a serious case of the baby blues. Read full book review >

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ELLIOT'S ARCTIC SURPRISE by Catherine Barr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A thoughtful story with a highly unusual take on Santa as a larger-than-life character, for environmentally minded households. (Picture book. 3-6)"
While enjoying a beach vacation with his parents, redheaded Elliot finds a bottle with a note inside from Santa asking for help from children to save the Arctic, Santa's home at the North Pole, and the Christmas holiday. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 2014

"A well-written memoir that offers lessons on understanding and forgiving oneself."
A debut memoir and guidebook to help readers move beyond personal trauma toward self-acceptance. Read full book review >

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LOVE-A-DUCK by Alan James Brown
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Her cheery, inviting paintings are the just-right complement to this quirky tale. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This affable tale chronicles the adventures of a rubber duck on the loose, with Brown impishly recounting the story from the faux fowl's point of view. Read full book review >

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AS FRANCESCA by Martha Baer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1997

"In the clear light of print, however, a mediocre style and increasingly flimsy plot distract from the clever premise, leaving a reader unfulfilled and underamused. ($40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Baer's six-month serial for Wired's on-line magazine, Hotwired (where this first-time novelist is executive editor), loses some pizazz in its translation to print as heroine Elaine V. Botsch, corporate cog by day, on-line sex slave by night, travels compulsively back and forth between her mutually enriching worlds. Read full book review >

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SAVING FRANCESCA by Melina Marchetta
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Francesca's messy, credible array of emotions and problems will keep readers absorbed to the last, satisfying line. (Fiction. 13+)"
Sparkling dialogue and engaging characters make this Australian import a pleasure to read. Read full book review >

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THE ANNUNCIATION OF FRANCESCA DUNN by Janis Hallowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Though her story and characters are both sometimes labored and her writing stilted, there's a lot to admire in the complexity of the issues Hallowell raises—and in her lack of easy answers."
Ambitious first novel examines the power of faith—and its dangers. Read full book review >

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The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Cynicism and adult words stave off sappiness but don't remotely dampen the magical story's genuine charm."
In this fantasy debut, a wealthy but discontented businessman remembers his childhood journey through Chicago's hidden, enchanted side with creatures and anthropomorphic animals. Read full book review >

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LEFT-HANDED DREAMS by Francesca Duranti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"You may find yourself yawning in the company of Martina Satriano, but you'll want to hear more about Lobster Amoricaine."
The protagonist and narrator of this unfortunately tepid meditative novel is Martina Satriano, an Italian-American academic whose return journey to Rome (after many years away) for her mother's funeral occasions a series of dreamlike reminiscences of her years in both countries, former loves and occupations (in Italy, she had worked as a chef to support her family), and musings about the unlived lives she might have had. Read full book review >