Search Results: "Francisco X. Alarcón"


BOOK REVIEW

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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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Includes both English and Spanish versions of the poems. (Poetry. 7-11)"
In these free verse, mostly unpunctuated poems, Alarcón explores the world of both sleeping and waking dreams and his hope for a better world of tolerance and peace. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2017

"This posthumously published bilingual collection will be welcomed by Alarcón's many admirers. (illustrator's note, introduction) (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Set within a loose mythological framework, each poem is partnered with a day of the week, playing with its etymology in both Spanish and English. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Ideal for summer story hours or warm reminiscing all winter long. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
With the alternate title, Del Ombligo de la Luna y otros poemas de verano, this exuberant collection, in both English and Spanish, is illustrated in bold, brilliant swathes of color that recall Mexican folk art and textiles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1997

"An accessible, open-hearted collection."
An energetic cast of characters in 20 short, freely styled poems in both English and Spanish help readers "see everything for the first time." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Stunning. (Picture book/poetry. 9-12)"
This eye-catching combination of brilliant illustrations and eloquently crafted bilingual poems celebrates the animal life and natural beauty of the rainforest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEHIND THE EYES by Francisco X. Stork
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2006

"Nevertheless, the narrative ultimately functions effectively as both cautionary tale and success story. (Fiction. YA)"
Life for Hector, a Chicano youth growing up hard in the gritty streets of El Paso, changes irrevocably the night that his brother Filiberto is murdered by the leader of the Discipulos gang. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY OF LIGHT by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Following Schneider Award-winning Marcelo in the Real World (2009), Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet.(Fiction. 12 & up)"
After a failed suicide attempt, 16-year-old Vicky Cruz wakes up in a hospital's mental ward, where she must find a path to recovery—and maybe rescue some others. 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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FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Yet it will be a hard-hearted reader indeed who fails to root for the tentative unfurling of this unusual friendship or closes the book without a renewed appreciation for life's ephemeral beauty. (Fiction. YA)"
An ambitious bildungsroman tackles the Big Issues: love, life and death. 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 >