Search Results: "Jenny Torres Sanchez"


BOOK REVIEW

BECAUSE OF THE SUN by Jenny Torres Sanchez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This lyrical coming-of-age story effectively explores the complicated nature of love and grief. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
A teen girl finds solace in The Stranger, the New Mexico desert, and a blossoming romance as she struggles to grieve the death of her emotionally abusive mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 2012

"Readers who make it to the end will cheer Charlie's survival, but they'll also be glad to get out of his company. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
It doesn't take readers long to wonder whether there is any upside to being Charlie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 27, 2013

"An exceptionally well-written journey to make sense of the senseless. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After one life-changing night with her secret crush Andy Cooper, Frenchie Garcia, a cigarette-smoking artist who quotes Dickinson and hangs out in a cemetery, is haunted. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

9 NEW BOOKS TO WATCH FOR IN JANUARY 2017
by Leila Roy

PHEW! I finally finished listing my favorites of 2016, and now it’s time to start the merry-go-round up again and look at the new releases of January 2017.

Here are a few of the titles that I’m planning on picking up:

Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson

After a court case that was covered nationally, fifteen-year-old Mary is in “baby jail” for ...


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BOOK REVIEW

RAINBOW ROAD by Alex Sanchez
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A little sex might make this a not-for-everyone experience, but it's a perfect feel-good read for gay teens. (Fiction. YA)"
More soapy goodness from the rainbow boys from Rainbow High (2003). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING BONGO by Thomas Sanchez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2003

"Florid, not quite Chandler."
Straightforward noir against the backdrop of pre-Revolution Cuba. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

GETTING IT by Alex Sanchez
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Sanchez acts on these cues successfully and non-didactically, ultimately conjuring a universe where young men can come together, regardless of sexuality, to support one another. (Fiction. YA)"
Acne-ridden, slightly pudgy Carlos is the quieter member of a quartet of cocksure, trash-talking high-school boys who've dubbed themselves "Los hornitos" since elementary school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

RAINBOW HIGH by Alex Sanchez
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Includes a list of advocacy groups and help lines. (Fiction. YA)"
Kyle, Jason, and Nelson from Rainbow Boys (2001) return to continue their Dawson's-Creek-with-extra-gay-boys soap opera and finish out their senior year. Read full book review >