Search Results: "Hester Velmans"


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HESTER by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 29, 1975

But Barton's first wobbly-lined picture, of Hester's dining room all set for the party, is the very dream of Halloween that any first grader would delight in drawing for himself, the stock haunted house is not only incongruous but warmly inviting and a little sad among all the high rises, and the sweet old witch's welcoming, well-behaved friends are such a grotesque gang of freaks that the whole adventure proves to be a captivating blend of good cheer and satisfying shivers. Read full book review >

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HESTER by Christopher Bigsby
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Hawthorne points up the book's problem: It tries to be both historical reconstruction and novel and doesn't fulfill either mission completely."
This ``prequel'' to The Scarlet Letter imagines the early life of Hester Prynne and serves as a creative addendum to that classic, but it could not stand on its own. Read full book review >

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ISABEL OF THE WHALES by Hester Velmans
ANIMALS
Released: April 12, 2005

"Watch out Little Mermaid, here comes Isabel. (notes, drawings) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fantasy and reality merge in this aquatic coming-of-age adventure with a compelling ecological message. Read full book review >

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HESTER by Paula Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Reed's confident debut amiably reimagines Hawthorne's tragic heroine as a brave lady in tumultuous times, making this sequel to his literary classic a standard-issue historical novel."
Continuation of The Scarlet Letter follows Hester Prynne and her wild daughter to Oliver Cromwell's England. Read full book review >

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THE DREAM MERCHANT by Isabel Hoving
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Profound and serious; offbeat and clever. (Fantasy. YA)"
This ambitious, well-crafted epic crosses vast, treacherous territories of time, dreams, geography and legend. Read full book review >

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JESSALOUP'S SONG by Hester Velmans
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A fantasy that will satisfy fans of Velmans' previous work as well as new readers, budding scientists in particular."
In this sequel to her middle-school-age novel Isabel of the Whales (2006), Velmans flips the script and features a whale that turns into a boy. Read full book review >

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A HEART OF STONE by Renate Dorrestein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"The climactic pages are as harrowing as anything in contemporary fiction, but you won't want to miss a word leading up to them. A triumph."
The history of a destroyed family and the mingled guilt and rage that possess the survivor who remembers, and reimagines, their story—all rendered with hallucinatory clarity in this first English translation of yet another popular and critically acclaimed Dutch author. Read full book review >

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THE LILY THEATER by Lulu Wang
Released: Sept. 5, 2000

A stunning first novel from Wang, a Chinese émigré to Holland, depicts a young girl's coming of age under the specter of Mao's Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

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THE HORMONE FACTORY by Saskia Goldschmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Although Goldschmidt gives him a distinctive, if repellent voice, Mordechai reports the events of his life in a deadening follow-the-dots style that does nothing to mitigate the novel's simplistic portrayal of nobility versus capitalist evil."
Dutch author Goldschmidt's first novel, an attempt to fictionalize the history of a Dutch pharmaceutical company that survived World War II although it was owned by Jews, offers a less than savory view of business ethics.
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WITHOUT MERCY by Renate Dorrestein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2003

"Dorrestein is a potent writer, but, despite some splendid moments, this is a disappointing successor to A Heart of Stone."
An intense domestic thriller in which a beloved only child's death destroys an already shaky marriage. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Anne Frank enthusiasts will wish for more about her, but van Maarsen offers valuable testimony about the particular tensions and horrors her own family endured."
Called "Jopie" in Anne's published diary, a childhood friend recalls her family's history as it intersected with the Franks' before, during and after the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Read full book review >

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THE VOYAGE OF THE SHORT SERPENT by Bernard du Boucheron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Sparse, rawboned and fascinating."
A spare, cunningly ironic novel set in the wilds of medieval Iceland. Read full book review >