Search Results: "Joann Fletcher"


BOOK REVIEW

CLEOPATRA THE GREAT by Joann Fletcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2011

"A perfect complement to Stacey Schiff's excellent Cleopatra: A Life (2010). Readers interested in Cleopatra and her world are advised to read both."
Egyptologist Fletcher (The Search for Nefertiti, 2004) takes on the legendary Egyptian queen. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF EGYPT by Joann Fletcher
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"The authoritative author imparts her vast knowledge in an orderly chronology and lively, intimate history. A perfect choice for budding Egyptologists."
A sweeping look at this epic history emphasizing the role of women rulers. Read full book review >

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LITTLE VAMPIRE DOES KUNG FU! by Joann Sfar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Illustrated in crowded cartoon panels, the newest episode in this freewheeling graphic mini-novel offers plenty of gags (in more than one sense of the word), but will be incomprehensible to readers unfamiliar with the first chapter. (Picture book. 9-11)"
The spotlight shifts to Little Vampire's new human friend Michael in this mistitled sequel to Little Vampire Goes to School (p. 810). Read full book review >

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LITTLE VAMPIRE GOES TO SCHOOL by Joann Sfar
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"Still got her foot if ya want'—will keep preteen comic-book fans amused. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Designed and illustrated in graphic-novel style, this tongue-in-cheek import features a great array of skeletal ghosts, leering boggles, misshapen monsters—and one young, egg-shaped vampire in search of a friend. Read full book review >

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THE RABBI’S CAT by Joann Sfar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"An unexpectedly haunting work from a major talent."
An Algerian rabbi's cat gains the power of speech, giving it all the greater ability for mischief. Read full book review >

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THE EGYPTIAN POLAR BEAR by JoAnn  Adinolfi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The story will grow on you, as will the stylized, altered-state illustrations, richly colored confections as loopy as the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Egyptologists (in all honesty) have found hieroglyphics recording plans for a polar bear's burial vault. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL by JoAnn Adinolfi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The sheer looniness of the premise combines with potty humor for a fairly specialized audience; readers looking for a traditional friendship book may find themselves averting their eyes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Can eyeballs be characters if they don't have a face to sit in? If you add stick arms and legs, they can. When they link up with a "teeny tiny hamster" who's in search of a big adventure, the result is a goofy plot. Read full book review >

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THE ONE WHO CAME BACK by Joann Mazzio
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Well-crafted suspense. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Alex reports that his friend Eddie is missing on a mountain near Albuquerque, even the police pay little attention. Read full book review >

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LEAVING ELDORADO by Joann Mazzio
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"A spirited adventure with deftly drawn characters, well-integrated period details, a lively and sharply focused style, and a memorable heroine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Making a fine bid for the late Patricia Beatty's territory, Mazzio (The One Who Came Back, 1992) depicts a feisty turn-of- the-century girl making her way after her prospector dad leaves her in New Mexico and sets out for the Yukon. Read full book review >

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WOMAN MADE OF SAND by Joann Kobin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"A quietly competent collection. The fragments do connect to form a larger whole, but one without great intensity or momentum."
Eleven interlocking but self-sustaining stories (several previously published) shape an earnest debut from psychotherapist Kobin about a family of four that struggles with, and prevails against, adversities ranging from divorce and remarriage to career sea changes. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURES OF A SALSA GODDESS by JoAnn Hornak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"A compelling concept, a husband hunt in hostile territory, is weakened by a formulaic plot and a predictable ending."
Forty-one-year-old Samantha Jacobs takes on a daunting challenge—finding a husband in the least singles-friendly city in the nation. Read full book review >