Search Results: "Isla Neal"


BOOK REVIEW

ISLA by Arthur Dorros
by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Elisa Kleven
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Rarely does the allegedly dull science of cultural geography get such spirited handling. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Dorros likes to outfit his grandmothers with wings (see Abuela, 1991, for another soaring granny) that allow them to take their grandchildren on culturally packed flights over ancestral haunts. Read full book review >

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MOTHERSHIP by Martin Leicht
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 10, 2012

"Pure fun. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
This science-fiction-comic romp set in a space-based school for pregnant teens hits the funny bone and adds in an alien conflict for good measure. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD FORGOT by Martin Leicht
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 14, 2015

"A worthy conclusion to an enjoyable sci-fi romp. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
This conclusion to the Ever-Expanding Universe trilogy takes Elvie and her friends out to a junkyard in space. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POEMAS DE LA ISLA by Josefina de la Torre
Released: June 1, 2000

De la Torre, now 93 and living in Madrid, was born in the Canary Islands and was among the original members of the "generation of '27"—the Latino Bloomsbury Group that included such stars as Buñuel, Salinas, and Lorca. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"A satisfying dose of first love's physical and emotional thrall. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Engaging teen characters with page-turning love lives offer ample vicarious pleasures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABOVE by Isla Morley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A whole host of interesting ideas stuffed into a lopsided structure that doesn't support the author's high ambitions. Still, very intriguing and provocative."
South Africa-born Morley makes a wild U-turn from the semiautobiographical Come Sunday (2009) to write a captivity novel that morphs into a post-apocalyptic adventure. Read full book review >

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COME SUNDAY by Isla Morley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2009

"Intense, unsparing, dark and often downbeat, but distinguished by an impassioned, poetic voice."
South African-born Morley's confident debut explores the intense grief that follows a child's accidental death. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN A DISTANT PLACE by Isla Dewar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2006

"Comfortable and sweet: Despite the story's one real tragedy, a fairytale sense of happy outcomes hangs over the tale, rendering everyone benign and no event, not even death, too traumatic."
A recently widowed teacher comes to enliven the children of a rural Scottish community. Read full book review >

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MARGE IN CHARGE by Isla Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Younger readers with intermediate reading skills may have fun with the silliness and the surprises. (Fiction. 7-10)"
By the end of their first night with babysitter Marge, 7-year-old Jemima's 4-year-old brother, Jake, says, "We have a royal babysitter…but we have to babysit her!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TREE by Neal Layton
by Neal Layton, illustrated by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A feather-light tribute to finding common ground—or make that common air space. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tree in a deep rural clearing proves to be a small village in jeopardy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GO WILD WITH... DESIGNS by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Overall, this colorful concept connects the right dots for a toddler audience. (Board book. 1-3)"
Single-word labels highlight a creative range of designs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAMMOTH ACADEMY by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The decision by Oscar's new friend Fox to go unwashed as long as possible leads to all sorts of stinky humor that fits right in to this second-tier series opener. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Scribbly illustrations dominating nearly every spread, Layton's latest plunks fledgling readers down amidst a student body of typical types who—atypically—happen to be mammoths, saber toothed tigers, ground sloths, cave bears and other early mammals. Read full book review >