Search Results: "Gabriela Olmos"


BOOK REVIEW

I DREAMT...A BOOK ABOUT HOPE by Gabriela  Olmos
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Bibliotherapy is a tricky business, as is the desire to shield young children from images that may cause nightmares. This is sure to arouse passion in both camps. (editor's note) (Picture book. 7-12)"
Created to benefit the International Board on Books for Young People's Fund for Children in Crisis program, this picture book presents provocative images and ideas regarding the violence many young people encounter. Read full book review >

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THE GIFT by Gabriela Keselman
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"It's fun to read and reread, is delightful without being simpering, and will have children guessing to the end. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A straightforward and winsome translation of an award-winning picture book from Spain. Read full book review >

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IT'S A GIFT! by Gabriela Keselman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Very little fun and lots of preaching do not make a good story. If the lesson is to give away all your stuff until you have nothing left, what child wants to learn that? (Picture book. 4-7)"
Anthropomorphic animals enact something of a frenzy of giving and receiving. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COLORS OF MEMORY by Gabriela Tagliavini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2001

"Toying with concepts of time, art, and reality, Tagliavini's interesting experiment tries too hard to be symbolic and lovingly weird, though it's ultimately quite touching."
Argentinean-born, L.A.-resident screenwriter/director Tagliavini makes her fiction debut with this tale of an odd, disgruntled old woman and an abused ten-year-old boy fleeing their hospital beds in Mexico to search for lost loved ones north of the border. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Disappointing, overall, but not without some felicitous choices."
A showcase for the overlooked writers of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico that's a bit heavy on surprise endings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ENCOUNTER by Gabriela Adamesteanu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"Layered, nuanced, and deeply allusive; readers without a grounding in recent Balkans history may miss some of the clues. The meaning of the story is clear enough, though, even if parts are opaque."
An exiled scientist returns home to a country that has forgotten him. Or has it? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BENEATH WANDERING STARS by Ashlee Cowles
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Though a bit oversimplified at times, the story will open a portal to families with injured soldiers and propel conversations about war, identity, philosophy, and hardship. (Fiction. 14-18)"
After her older brother, Lucas, is wounded in action and rendered comatose, 17-year-old Gabriela Santiago decides to honor a promise to her brother by walking the Camino de Santiago alongside Seth Russo, the unlikeliest of companions. Read full book review >

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THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF JERUSALEM by Sarit Yishai-Levi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"None of the characters shine enough to inspire or enlighten readers."
A tale of several generations of women cursed to love men who love other women. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROOSTER JOE AND THE BULLY / EL GALLO JOE Y EL ABUSÓN by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Well-meaning but a miss. (Fiction. 10-12)"
After observing the roosters in his artist grandpa's backyard, seventh-grader Joe López can't get enough of these indomitable avians. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2006

"Jara's illustrations are detailed, featuring slightly exaggerated faces and the desert flora and simple adobe dwellings of southern California several decades in the past. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Once again an animal plays a central role in Villaseñor's story, but this time the other characters are human. Read full book review >