Search Results: "Francisco Serrano"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An inventive introduction to a fascinating historical figure. (map, chronology, glossary, sources and further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Another collaborative effort by the team that created The Poet King of Tezcoco: A Great Leader of Ancient Mexico (2007) chronicles the life of a controversial figure in pre-colonial Mesoamerica. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2007

Equally accomplished in war, letters and (relatively) compassionate government, a strong ally of the Aztec Empire and a ruler who turned the city-state of Tezcoco (more often spelled Texcoco) into the Athens of pre-Conquest Mexico, Nezahualcóyotl is a historical figure whose name is well worth learning to pronounce. Read full book review >

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IRISES by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"At times the family dynamics and symbolism seem forced, but there is plenty of poignancy in questions of faith that are raised. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Two sisters in El Paso face weighty decisions following their father's sudden death. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"A tribute to a city, and to abiding family love. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Alarc¢n summons the Los Angeles of his youth in this fine collection of poems that are rendered in both English and Spanish, and complemented by Gonzalez's merry painted photographs. Read full book review >

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LA MARIPOSA by Francisco Jiménez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Silva's characters are strongly outlined in black, and his robust scenes of landscapes and classrooms are rich with the oranges of the monarch, echoed in fields, sunsets, and the flannel of Francisco's shirt. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Held back in school because he did not speak English well enough, the author speaks of himself in the third-person to tell this autobiographical story of a school incident. Read full book review >

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DISAPPEARED by Francisco X. Stork
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A tense thriller elevated by Stork's nuanced writing and empathy for every character, including the villains—superb. (Thriller. 12-adult)"
Sara Zapata and her brother, Emiliano, do their best to survive with their integrity intact while their beloved Juárez is overrun and endangered by a web of criminals that even involve the police and local government officials. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"A winning story of love of family and friends. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Delgado's exuberant illustrations perfectly embody the spirit of "lover boy" Johnny/Juanito, an affectionate child who is always ready with a kiss for those he loves—his daddy, his momma, his teacher and especially his grandmother, who receives the full measure of ten. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Serrano's an adequate writer, and the story could have been a decent long-form magazine article. As a book, however, there is just too much mystery-free filler."
A Civil War story only for those who can't get enough of the War Between the States. Read full book review >

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HECTIC ETHICS by Francisco Hinojosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

Eight satirical stories chosen from three collections previously published by an award-winning Mexican writer. Read full book review >