Search Results: "Helen M. Szablya"


BOOK REVIEW

MY ONLY CHOICE by Helen M. Szablya
Released: Feb. 6, 2013

"An uneven coming-of-age memoir of life under two regimes."
Szablya (The Fall of the Red Star, 2002, etc.) presents a memoir about life under Nazi occupation and Communist rule in Hungary. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"A courageous account of torture and insanity that beams with hope of a soul's survival."
A shocking glimpse into the mind of a victim of psychological and physical torture at the hands of the Hungarian secret police under Stalinism. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A page-turner from beginning to end, Stephen's story is a powerful introduction to an important event in history. (map, glossary) (Fiction. 12+)"
A gripping account of the Hungarian uprising of 1956. Read full book review >

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FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Despite its promising premise, this is ultimately a bland disappointment. (Short stories. 12-14)"
With stories that are a mixture of humor and angst, the Weisses have collected some sterling examples of family problems, if not necessarily sterling writing. Read full book review >

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BLACK DIAMOND DESTINY by Helen M. Norris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2013

"An accessible, entrancing story that draws readers into a family's many triumphs and travails."
This posthumous release by first-time novelist Norris largely succeeds in ensnaring fans of multigenerational melodramas. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"A first-rate anthology, otherwise. (capsule bios) (Short Stories. 10-14)"
Every entry is strong in this gathering of new tales—no surprise, as the editors have tapped an all-star cast of contributors. Read full book review >

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UNWITTING WISDOM by Helen Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Turning the perfectly simple into the ostentatious, Ward has forgotten that 'fine feathers do not make fine birds.' (Picture book/folktales. 7-12)"
The title of this overblown exercise is just wrong: whoever Aesop was, that teller was deeply aware of the wisdom in the fables. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED by Helen Cooper
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1997

"As always, Cooper's artwork can't be faulted: The sumptuous, imaginative watercolors are replete with dreamy intent. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After a promising start, this bedtime book from Cooper (Little Monster Did It!, 1996, etc.) runs out of gas. Read full book review >

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JAGUAR by Helen Cowcher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Central and South American hunters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When the cover is spread to its full width, two huge eyes stare from behind broad green leaves, perhaps the most striking painting in this entry from Cowcher (Tigress, 1991, etc.), who continues to address the issue of coexistence between humans and nature. Read full book review >

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A PIPKIN OF PEPPER by Helen Cooper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Cooper's Pumpkin Soup (1999) won the Kate Greenaway medal; this one's at least as charming. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cat, Squirrel and Duck, who live in a tea kettle-shaped house, are back to making their pumpkin soup when they discover they are out of salt—the only solution is to go into the city to buy more. Read full book review >

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IT'S MY BIRTHDAY by Helen Oxenbury
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The pencil and pale wash illustrations are also distinctive Oxenbury: amiable, affectionate, and like old pals by the end of the story. (Picture book. 2+)"
A sweet young epicene sets out to bake a birthday cake. Read full book review >

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CLARA'S CRAZY CURLS by Helen Poole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Skip this; for celebrations of curly splendor, get bell hooks' Happy to Be Nappy, illustrated by Chris Raschka (1999), and Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (1997), instead. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl's very large curls cause chaos in this clunky lesson. Read full book review >