Search Results: "Jane Springer"


BOOK REVIEW

UNTIL THE DAY ARRIVES by Ana Maria Machado
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Despite awkward moments, the tale offers vivid descriptions, an intriguing plot and a setting not often seen in North American literature for children. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
In the early 17th century, two hauntingly plague-orphaned Portuguese siblings flee their village for Lisbon, only to encounter more vicissitudes before reaching a safer haven in Brazil. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE SLAVE ESPERANÇA GARCIA WROTE A LETTER by Sonia Rosa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Garcia is apparently lost to history aside from her petition, but its very existence marks her as 'truly an unforgettable woman!' (Picture book. 6-8)"
By way of tribute, two admirers spin a tale around a truly rare document: a petition sent by an 18th-century enslaved woman to a Brazilian governor. Read full book review >

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AMAZONIA by Daniel  Munduruku
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"As the reteller states in his preface, 'Myths allow us to recognize our proper role in the web of life,' but this anthology will require an intermediary who can creatively make the connections between the text and its readers. (Folk tales. 9-12)"
Twelve folk tales from various Amazonian cultures are retold, but their audience is unclear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALONG THE RIVER by Vanina Starkoff
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 11, 2017

"A feel-good journey of a picture book. (Picture book. 4-adult)"
A visual metaphor for life's journey presents a sunny, hopeful vision of both self-determination and community in this Brazilian import. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Even though not all of the storylines are fully realized, readers of the earlier titles will be satisfied. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Rowan, daughter of the woodwife Celandine and Robin Hood, vows to avenge her mother's death by slaying the four knights who burned her cottage and her within it. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE BIZARRE BOUQUETS by Nancy Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"With precise characterization, fast pacing and keen observation, readers will be eager to learn what Enola will encounter next. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
In this third Enola Holmes mystery, the younger, teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes is determined to find the missing Dr. Watson on her own by deciphering the clues in the bizarre bouquets sent to his wife. Read full book review >

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THE ESPRESSOLOGIST by Kristina Springer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Ultimately forgettable chick-lit fare. (Fiction. YA)"
Trying to save up for college, Jane had fallen into a rut serving countless cups of coffee and specialty drinks at a local coffee chain, but when she adds a twist to her talents as a barista, her life comes quickly to a rolling boil. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"More please. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Although their own eccentricities are legendary, Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes fully expect their very much younger sister to take on the attributes of the stereotypical Victorian female. Read full book review >

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JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS by Kristina Springer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Readers looking for a serving of small-town life with a side of royal quirkiness would do well to look elsewhere. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When an unexpected visitor threatens to take away everything Jamie has ever wanted, she has to decide how far she is willing to go to make sure that what belongs to her stays hers. Read full book review >

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SOMEBODY by Nancy Springer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Like the classic The Face on the Milk Carton, this gripping short novel snags reluctant readers early on and keeps them emotionally invested until the final pages. (Thriller. 12-16)"
After years of strange moves and new names, 13-year-old Sherica finally Googles her real name, a name she hasn't heard since she was little, and learns she wasn't abandoned by her mom: Her dad abducted her, and they've been on the run ever since. Read full book review >

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LIONCLAW by Nancy Springer
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Lionel may save the day, but he alone cannot save this Lionclaw. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Springer revisits Sherwood Forest with her second chronicle of Rowan Hood (2001), although this time, Rowan and her father, Robin, are minor characters. Read full book review >