Search Results: "Jerry Capeci"


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MOB BOSS by Jerry Capeci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A raw and fascinating account of one mobster's daily activities and career."
Veteran New York reporters tell the story of a Mafia kingpin's rise to power, his decision to leave the mob and his role in testifying against his former partners in crime. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Vivid, hair-raising, day-to-day-in-the-life-of narrative: the best mob book in recent memory. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
First-rate story of a Mafia murder crew so deadly that even John Gotti turned aside a contract on its leader. Read full book review >

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THE LYNCHING OF CLEO WRIGHT by Jr. Capeci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"Capeci does a service in shining the light of history on the little-known incident that 'signaled the beginning of the end of one kind of racial oppression,' but it raises more questions than it answers about the pivotal, lasting impact of Wright's lynching. (7 b&w photos, not seen)"
A pat, scholarly reconstruction and analysis of the 1942 incident that occasioned the first federal investigation of lynching. Read full book review >

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TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Just another superb outing from a fixed star twinkling in the children's-literature firmament. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In Pinkney's sumptuous elaboration of the familiar lullaby a chipmunk's nighttime odyssey takes on the same epic scope as his Caldecott winning The Lion and the Mouse (2009). Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL by Jerry Pinkney
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The result is so affecting that some will believe they're encountering this story for the very first time. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
Pinkney's deeply moving treatment of Andersen's classic tale moves the events to an urban America of the 1920s. Read full book review >

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JAKE AND LILY by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2011

"Double the feelings, double the fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
As if growing up isn't hard enough, twins also have to face growing apart. Read full book review >

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DORY STORY by Jerry Pallotta
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"A charming fish tale about the one—the boy—that got away. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who is next in the ocean food chain? Read full book review >

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STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Once again Spinelli takes his readers on a journey where choices between the self and the group must be made, and he is wise enough to show how hard they are, even when sweet. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Newbery-winning Spinelli spins a magical and heartbreaking tale from the stuff of high school. Read full book review >

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WRINGER by Jerry Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"A story both comic and disturbing, this is lit by Palmer's growing courage and Dorothy's surprising loyalty. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The ghastliness of a local rite of passage gives this tale of a boy's inner battle between revulsion and his desire to fit in a whiff of Cormier—but with some belly laughs from Spinelli (The Library Card, p. 650, etc.) to lighten the load. Read full book review >

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AFRICAN ROOTS by Jerry Silverman
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

From a prolific folk-music editor and arranger, one in a series (``Traditional Black Music'') that explores African-American music in depth. Read full book review >

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FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Bibliographic note; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
In his first book, a professor with a specialty in California history recreates experiences like those described in The Grapes of Wrath, in a photodocumentary that follows the ``Okies'' from Oklahoma to a California so overcrowded with Dust Bowl refugees that jobs were scarce, wages meager, and the local population so horrified by the crowds of hungry, uneducated migrants that violence against them was common. Read full book review >