Search Results: "J. Torres"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SOUND OF THUNDER by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Hitting 'The End' will just make fans want to start over again. (Graphic fantasy. 9-12)"
In this trilogy conclusion, Rufus returns to the north woods, but can he do anything to save them without his mystic totem? Read full book review >

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MECHA MALARKEY by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Optional. (Graphic fantasy. 5-10)"
In this frenetically paced, abundantly punny graphic novel, three robot brothers battle revamped fairy-tale tropes. Read full book review >

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ALISON DARE: THE HEART OF THE MAIDEN by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

"An ambitious concept in need of some polish. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
An extremely promising premise disappoints with its flat, awkward construction. Read full book review >

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CHECKERS AND DOT ON THE FARM by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"These Checkers and Dot adventures, while not share-aloud superstars, are nifty for leaving in baby's reach for spontaneous exploration and play. (Board book. 3 mos.-3)"
A simple black-and-white board book takes toddlers on a trip to the farm. Read full book review >

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INTO THE WOODS by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Be prepared for young Sasquatch fans roaring for more. (Graphic fantasy. 6-11)"
Mom said there was magic in the woods…she probably didn't mean anything like this. Read full book review >

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THE UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Feels a bit like filler, but still so much fun. (Graphic fantasy. 9-12)"
Can Rufus and Penny keep the totem safe from a tricky flock of ravens? Read full book review >

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STARFALL by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2027

"A high-energy graphic offering. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
Animal warriors band together to fight a faction of evil moon bunnies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LILIANA'S GRANDMOTHERS by Leyla Torres
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"All the characters are badly drawn; the cat, in particular, suffers from limbs that have odd angles and lines. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From Torres (Subway Sparrow, 1993), a book that offers perhaps a too-rosy portrayal of the relationships a girl has with her two grandmothers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUBWAY SPARROW by Leyla Torres
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Torres's realistic watercolors, though a little stiff, capture the milieu well enough; but her simple story is ingeniously constructed, nicely paced, and altogether disarming. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Torres's first picture book, also available in Spanish (ISBN: 0-374-82756-4), is a charming multicultural vignette. Read full book review >

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NOVEMBER EVER AFTER by Laura Torres
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"She succeeds in enveloping readers in the nuances of young love, self-doubt, and the pain of losing a parent; depending on readers' own levels of innocence, Amy's ingenuousness and her clinging behavior will either be credible or simply dismaying. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A variety of issues—death, love, Christianity, and homosexuality—reside uncomfortably in this YA novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Bolder And Braver by Julia Torres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An intimate memoir about finding closure, coupled with copious true-crime flourishes."
A veteran chronicles her postwar life in which she became an undercover law enforcement agent, started a family, and confronted hard truths of domestic violence. Read full book review >