Search Results: "Gigi Amateau"


BOOK REVIEW

A CERTAIN STRAIN OF PECULIAR by Gigi Amateau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Even so, this offering may resonate with select readers who can overlook the novel's oddities to find a heroine with heart. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Tired of relentless bullying from her sixth-grade classmates, Mary Harold steals her mother's car and travels 691 miles to live with her nurturing grandmother in Wren, Ala. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Despite inevitability, an anguished tale told with poetry and heart. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Inspired by the Haitian slave uprising led by black general Toussaint L'Ouverture, Gabriel, a literate Virginia slave and blacksmith, attempts to parallel that effort on his own turf. Read full book review >

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CLAIMING GEORGIA TATE by Gigi Amateau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2005

"However, the ending is marred by her implausibly quick emotional recovery from the incest, and, equally implausible, the implication that her father will be easily made to forfeit custody of her and even be imprisoned for the abuse. (Fiction. 13+)"
Although this debut shows promise in its engaging narrative voice, too many tragedies and unusual characters, including a transvestite and a generous ex-con, overwhelm the plot. Read full book review >

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DANTE OF THE MAURY RIVER by Gigi Amateau
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Overall, compelling and skillfully written, but in this case, less would have been more. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A thoroughbred racehorse tells his story in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

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MACADOO OF THE MAURY RIVER by Gigi Amateau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Macadoo's story will please very enthusiastic horse lovers—and only them. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This slender novel follows the life of a Belgian draft horse from his yearling days in a pasture in Alberta through several owners until he finds his true calling as a therapeutic and vaulting horse at a riding center in Virginia. Read full book review >

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CHANCEY OF THE MAURY RIVER by Gigi Amateau
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"The question is whether readers will make it that far. (Fiction. 10-14)"
There's a reason Black Beauty has been abridged so many times: The language of the original is old-fashioned, stilted and frankly boring. Read full book review >

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TWO FOR JOY by Gigi Amateau
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"A deceptively simple, warmhearted tale, particularly apt for chapter-book readers with similar experiences or an interest in multigenerational stories. (Fiction. 7-9)"
When feisty great-aunt Britannia falls and hurts herself for the fourth time in two years, 8-year-old Jenna and her mom, a nurse, invite "Tannie" to come and live with them. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS by Gigi Priebe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Innocuous adventuring on the smallest of scales. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965) upgrades to The Mice and the Rolls-Royce. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A highly personal but generally fascinating memoir spanning more than 30 years."
Psychiatrist Small (co-author: iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, 2009, etc.), director of the Memory and Aging Research Center at UCLA, tells the stories of his most intriguing cases. Read full book review >

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RESCUE ME by Gigi Levangie Grazer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2000

"Compelling it's not."
Two attractive protagonists are stuck in a B-grade first novel that substitutes sensationalism for credibility as it details their desperate efforts to live and love right in Los Angeles circa 1985. Read full book review >

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THE MASQUERADING MAGICIAN by Gigi Pandian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2016

"Though many of the same charming characters return from the series debut (The Accidental Alchemist, 2015), the plot this time is little more than an excuse to trot them out again. Pandian hints that the next installment will focus once more on her main characters, which is what she does best."
An alchemist doing research on a visiting magician suspects he may share her talent, though with less pure motives. Read full book review >

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SEVEN DEADLIES by Gigi Levangie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"The most original admissions essay seen since Legally Blonde."
A 14-year old pens a premature and very precocious admissions essay in Levangie's quirky latest (The After Wife, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >