Search Results: "Heidi Ayarbe"


BOOK REVIEW

HEIDI by Joanna Spyri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Some parents will eschew this version for a bedtime reading of the original, but for those youngest children who still need a swath of beautiful pictures to carry them through the story, this may well fit the bill. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Squeezing a 300-page (give or take a few) classic into a mere 32 pages may sound impossible, but this new Swiss translation not only pulls it off, it never sacrifices heart for succinct storytelling in the doing. 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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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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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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HIDING HEIDI by Fiona Woodcock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lovely, inventive take on learning to give and take, for older preschoolers and young grade schoolers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl has a big talent—blending into the background. Is it fun for all? Read full book review >

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HEIDI PART II by Johanna Spyri
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Diana Kizlauskas, developed by JustKidsApps
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2011

"Despite aunt Dete's infernal meddling (she drags poor Hieidi to Frankfurt in the second installment; the third is not yet available), this oh-so-slightly saccharine tale delivers a reliably upbeat outcome for readers who enjoy a nice old-fashioned story. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
A pedestrian adaptation of the classic delivers little transcendence, but it does make for a comfortable introduction for younger readers. Read full book review >

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HEIDI PART I by Johanna Spyri
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2011

"Despite aunt Dete's infernal meddling (she drags poor Hieidi to Frankfurt in the second installment; the third is not yet available), this oh-so-slightly saccharine tale delivers a reliably upbeat outcome for readers who enjoy a nice old-fashioned story. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
A pedestrian adaptation of the classic delivers little transcendence, but it does make for a comfortable introduction for younger readers. Read full book review >

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HEIDI HECKELBECK HAS A SECRET by Wanda Coven
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 2012

"Heidi Heckelbeck may have a secret, but in the end it is too little, too late. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Homeschooled Heidi Heckelbeck is about to be a brand-new second grader at Brewster Elementary, and she is none too happy about it. Read full book review >

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HEIDI HECKELBECK AND THE COOKIE CONTEST by Wanda Coven
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"While somewhat pedestrian fare, this easy-to-read series installment goes down easy enough. (Fiction. 5-8)"
A touch of magic changes boring cookies into something "special" in this early chapter book about cooking and following one's own heart. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY TOYS! by Heidi Deedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A polished debut for this British author/illustrator, who might invent more challenges for the newly minimalist Lulu. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Lulu finds a creative way to clear out her huge collection of toys. Read full book review >

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CARMINE THE CROW by Heidi Holder
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An endearing old bird; a lovely book. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Holder revisits the enchanting world of Crows (1987) with a tale about an old crow who rescues a swan from a snare and is rewarded with a box of stardust that grants wishes. Read full book review >