Search Results: "Francisco X. Mora"


BOOK REVIEW

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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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Bought the farm'' is, of course, a gallows-humor euphemism for death, but the death of a former way of life turns out happily indeed, in a perfect read-aloud book. (Picture book. 5+)"
A tongue-in-cheek, witty text with pictures that illustrate more than amplify how one ``great Indian chief and his great Indian wife'' triumph over a tricky government relocation policy. 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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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, 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: 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 >

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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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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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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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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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MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Making good on the promise of his Way of the Jaguar (2000), Stork delivers a powerful tale populated by appealing (and decidedly unappealing) characters and rich in emotional nuance. (Fiction. YA)"
In what turns out to be considerably more than just another tale told by an intelligent narrator with a spectrum disorder, 17-year-old Marcelo Sandoval gets a life-changing taste of the "real world" when he's forced to take a summer job in his father's law firm. Read full book review >