Search Results: "Francisco Mora"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WILD HUNT by Jane Yolen
Released: May 1, 1995

"The language can't sustain the book's dreamlike qualities, and its few bright flourishes get buried. (Fiction. 10+)"
A gruesome fantasy, as cold and disturbing as a blood-stained suit of armor in a field of wildflowers. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Mora's softly colored realistic watercolors nicely complement this laugh-worthy story of innovation and trickery. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book/folklore. 5-10)"
Birdsong lulls the people on the isle of Luzon to sleep each night, because the birds practice their music in an abandoned house atop Mount Pinatubo and the evening breeze carries the sweet noise down. Read full book review >

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LISTEN TO THE DESERT/OYE AL DESIERTO by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: April 18, 1994

"An attractive book for introducing the desert- -and a second language—to young children. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A very simple text, with each line (``Listen to coyote call, ar-ar-aooo, ar-ar-aooo/El coyote canta, ah£££, ah£££, ah£££''; ``Listen to the wind spin, zoom, zoom, zoom...'') repeated twice in English plus twice in Spanish, becomes a rhythmic, lyrical bilingual chant suggesting the onomatopoeic powers of both tongues. Read full book review >

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REACHING OUT by Francisco Jiménez
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2008

"An inspiring account of a remarkable journey. (author's note, photographs) (Fiction. 11 & up)"
This sequel to The Circuit (1997) and Breaking Through (2001), which covered Mexican-born Jiménez's childhood, takes Francisco through his college years at the University of Santa Clara. Read full book review >

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RASERO by Francisco Rebolledo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 1995

"It's filled with quaint and curious lore, steam-powered conveyances, and state-of-the-art engines of destruction, but it smells of the lamp."
An astonishingly ambitious first novel from Mexican writer and former scientist Rebolledo, winner of the Mobil Corporation's 15th annual Pegasus Prize for Literature. Read full book review >

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GOOD MORNING, DARKNESS by Ruth Francisco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2004

"Character bends too readily to the requirements of plot in Francisco's second (Confessions of a Death Maiden, 2003), reducing the good stuff to flashes."
A disembodied corpse gives new meaning to the phrase "arms race." Read full book review >

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THE LONG NIGHT OF WHITE CHICKENS by Francisco Goldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1992

"But it's not, and it isn't."
Goldman, a contributing editor of Harper's, here tells the story of a half-Guatemalan, half-Boston-Jewish young man, Roger Graetz, and his lifelong fascination with and love for the Guatemalan orphan Flor, who lived in his house while she attended high school, later going to Wellesley, then back to Guatemala to run an orphanage. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"First-rate research and reporting on the darkness of hearts."
Thorough, engrossing summary and analysis of Guatemalan Bishop Juan Gerardi's death in 1998. Read full book review >

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TIERRA DEL FUEGO by Francisco Coloane
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Much-honored Chilean author Coloane (1910-2002) captures the geographical and psychological extremity of his native grounds in beautiful language, well translated by Curtis."
Nine tales of greed and hardship set in the harsh, unforgiving landscape of southern Chile's islands. Read full book review >

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"While it is wonderful to see a book featuring Latina characters who are proud Americans, the promotion of idealized visions of life in the United States and the immigrant experience makes it a distinctly one-sided treatment. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
An intergenerational ode to a positive United States immigration experience. Read full book review >