Search Results: "Johanna H. Prins"


BOOK REVIEW

MOTHER NUMBER ZERO by Marjolijn Hof
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Readers able to look between the lines will find plenty to ponder here. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In a simply written tale realistically built on half-formed questions and incomplete answers, a young adoptee suddenly starts thinking about his birth mother. Read full book review >

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AGAINST THE ODDS by Marjolijn Hof
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"It is not a reassuring tale, however—'knowing everything,' as Kiki wants to do, rarely is—and it should, perhaps, be read with a trusted adult. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Kiki has a lot to worry about: Her father is a doctor who travels to war zones. Read full book review >

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THE ACORN EATERS by Els Pelgrom
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"An atmosphere of obscene poverty informs most of the book, but it is the novel's final image, of the boy in his home, brimming with love for his family, that resonates. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-15)"
A sensitive and evocative novel from Pelgrom (Little Sophie and Lanky Flop, 1988, etc.), who recounts the story of a young peasant boy growing up in Andalusia immediately following the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS IN THE KITCHEN GARDEN by Annemie Heymans
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"The non-narrative format asks more than usual of readers, but those who make the effort will be rewarded with a poignant portrayal of real emotion. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From the Dutch, a surreal story about a brother and sister coping with their father's withdrawal after their mother's death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 2001

"One couldn't ask for a more knowledgeable guide to the inner workings of the Met."
A thoroughgoing, eyeball-rolling institutional history of the Metropolitan Opera that concentrates on the personalities to pretty much the exclusion of the art, from Fiedler (Arthur Fiedler, 1994), for 15 years the press representative of the Met. Read full book review >

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QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME by Johanna Skibsrud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Though Skibsrud's pacing sometimes bogs down, her unique voice and eye for historical detail lend the book a satisfying richness."
Skibsrud's elegant, intricately woven second novel (The Sentimentalists, 2011) is inspired by Messiaen's experimental composition Quartet for the End of Time, a musical piece that sought to escape the restrictions of conventional measurements of time.Read full book review >

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LOVE ME FOREVER by Johanna Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Predictable Lindsey, though not as much fun as some of its Fabio-covered forebears. (First printing of 300,000; author tour)"
After 30 enormously successful paperbacks, Lindsey debuts in hardcover with a typical historical romance: love in 19th-century England between a feisty, intelligent heroine and a devastatingly brawny Highlander. Read full book review >

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ALL THE PRESIDENTS' BANKERS by Nomi Prins
NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 2014

"A dense but worthy effort to explain how the economy went off the rails in recent years—and how we ended up in that situation in the first place."
A revealing look at the often symbiotic, sometimes-adversarial relationship between the White House and Wall Street. Read full book review >

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SECRETS OUT! by Julie Sternberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A heartfelt but amusing story about the many challenges of growing up. (Fiction. 8-11) "
Picking up where Friendship Over (2014) ends, this illustrated diary-style slice-of-life novel tells the continuing story of 10-year-old Celie Valentine Altman, centering on the all-important middle school topics of friendship and family. Read full book review >

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CLOVER TWIG AND THE PERILOUS PATH by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Despite dire warnings, this magical journey winds up being mostly pleasant and perky, just like its heroine. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Resourceful Clover, her witchy (but benevolent) employer Mrs. Eckles, Clover's clumsy friend Wilf and, of course, Mrs. Eckles' sister, the evil Mesmeranza, are all back for another low-key adventure (Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage, 2009). Read full book review >

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FARAWAY SUMMER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Pastoral woodcuts garnish each chapter with old-fashioned country still lifes. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In the summer of 1910, when cars begin to replace horses, and librarians still check for clean hands, New Yorker Dossi finds herself bound for a small town in Vermont, courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund, the charity for poor city children. Read full book review >

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PEE-WEE’S TALE by Johanna Hurwitz
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A caveat: this tale of freedom gained may leave readers longing to emancipate their own caged darlings. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A precocious guinea pig finds himself adrift in Central Park in a tale of high adventure. Read full book review >