Search Results: "Heide Ayarbe"


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COMPULSION by Heidi Ayarbe
Released: May 3, 2011

"Taut, suspenseful and well-realized. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A compelling entrée into the claustrophobic world of an OCD teen. Read full book review >

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WANTED by Heidi Ayarbe
Released: May 1, 2012

"A bad bet all around. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A young bookie finds herself on the wrong side of the odds. Read full book review >

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COMPROMISED by Heidi Ayarbe
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"A poignant portrait slightly marred by its fairy-tale ending, out of place in an otherwise devastated landscape. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Maya, the world-weary daughter of a seasoned con, finds solace in using scientific equations to exert order over the chaos of her life. Read full book review >

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FREEZE FRAME by Heidi Ayarbe
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A satisfying and truly moving final third alleviates some of the flaws, but ideally, this novel would have focused more on the journey to the other side of grief and guilt and spent less time in that frozen first scene. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Ayarbe's debut explores the ramifications of killing your best friend. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"That the three main characters were real gives the story its weight; it's an idyllic moment in history, with the architectural splendors of old Baghdad providing just the right setting. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Heide and Gilliland (Sami and the Time of the Troubles, 1992, etc.) bring to readers Baghdad of the ninth century, a time and a place that sought wisdom and encouraged learning to the point of incandescence. Read full book review >

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STRANGE BIRDS by Judith Heide Gilliland
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2006

"Well-intentioned but overly long and sadly short on charm. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Reminiscent of classic stories by Edward Eager as well as the work of Polly Horvath, this fanciful story has an old-fashioned feel. Read full book review >

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NOT IN THE HOUSE, NEWTON! by Judith Heide Gilliland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"Not a new idea—look to Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (1958) and Anthony Browne's The Little Bear Book (1989)—but here it's particularly joyful. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Newton happens across a red, red crayon that fairly hums with magic. Read full book review >

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THE BIGNESS CONTEST by Florence Parry Heide
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"It's a shame to spend so much talent on such an unfortunate premise. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beasley, a huge hippopotamus, would like to be best at something, but with his ungainly bulk he's a loser at gymnastics and running. Read full book review >

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The Robin Stories by Heide Koenitzer Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2015

"A novel about a novelist that's short on plot but long on character development."
In Clark's (Monsignor, 2014) latest work of fiction, a college senior defies his parents in his quest to write the next Great American Novel.Read full book review >

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SAMI AND THE TIME OF THE TROUBLES by Florence Parry Heide
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 20, 1992

"An outstanding book that, fortunately, is already somewhat out of date; an explanatory note would have been useful to young readers trying to put this in context. (Picture book. 6+)"
``It is a time of guns and bombs. Read full book review >

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THE ONE AND ONLY MARIGOLD by Florence Parry Heide
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"McElmurry outdoes herself with gorgeous landscapes, and with Marigold's goofy hair and stubborn stances infuses even more humor into the already laugh-out-loud stories. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Marigold loves her ratty old purple coat more than just about anything, so she even wears it in the shower. Read full book review >

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RIVER by Judith Heide Gilliland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Map. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Gilliland (coauthor of Sami and the Time of the Troubles, 1992) evokes the Amazon's long course in spare, graceful prose, touching on the river's sources, celebrating its variety, and sampling the wealth of wildlife it supports. Read full book review >