Search Results: "James Luna"


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LUNA by Julie Anne Peters
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2004

"The first of its kind—well done and essential for every library serving young adults. (Fiction. YA)"
Groundbreaking, finely tuned realism about a transsexual teen. Read full book review >

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LUNA by Toni B. McNeill
Released: March 5, 2012

"Smooth prose and a suspenseful plot further improve this winning story about the rewards of perseverance."
A black Labrador dog named Alayna runs away from her family's campsite during a thunderstorm and gives birth to four puppies in McNeill's middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

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"A fun, light read brightened by a splash of mythology."
The Roman goddess of love pays a visit to Cleveland. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2012

"An innocuous Halloween and Day of the Dead book for readers who prefer to skip scarier fare. (Adventure. 8-11)"
In this bilingual book, a young girl finds a surprise upon returning from a trip to Guanajuato, Mexico. Read full book review >

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LA LUNA by Enrico Casarosa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"Rich and lovely to look at, but probably much more evocative as a memory of the animated short rather than a thing in itself. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A Pixar film with an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short is transformed into a picture book with decidedly mixed results. Read full book review >

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MOONY LUNA by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2005

"This timeworn theme is made fresh with a lively, bilingual text full of familial love and Gómez's brilliant acrylic illustrations, featuring a little crayoned monster on several pages and Luna's long, thin parents in contrast to Luna's tiny body and oversized head. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Even though she is "grande como la luna llena" (big as the full moon), Luna isn't sure that she wants to begin kindergarten. Read full book review >

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EVA LUNA by Isabel Allende
Released: Oct. 21, 1988

"Lively entertainment, then, with little resonance."
Here, after last year's Of Love and Shadows, the tale of a quirky young woman's rise to influence in an unnamed South American country—with a delightful cast of exotic characters, but without the sure-handed plotting and leisurely grace of Allende's first—and best—book, The House of the Spirits (1985). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"A gentle introduction to environmental activism for the very young. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A nature lover called Butterfly saves a redwood by living up in the tree for 738 days. Read full book review >

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THE STORIES OF EVA LUNA by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Allende can do better."
A collection of magical-realist short stories narrated by Allende's recent heroine, Eva Luna (Eva Luna, 1988; Of Love and Shadows, 1987; The House of Spirits, 1985), which are set in nameless Latin American countries, any time in the past, and peopled with characters who could be and probably are meant to be someone else. Read full book review >

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LOOKING FOR LUNA by Tim Myers
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The playfulness of the text combined with its predictability makes this a suitable candidate for read-aloud time with the preschool set. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A girl and her father embark on a quest in search of their missing cat. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"It is not necessary to be an environmental activist to find this a compelling portrait of a young woman of remarkable fortitude and dedication. (40 b&w photographs, not seen)"
A charged first-person account by an ardent environmental activist whose long-term occupation of a giant redwood tree focused public attention on the cutting of old-growth redwood forests in northern California. Read full book review >