Search Results: "Josanne La Valley"


BOOK REVIEW

VINE BASKET by Josanne La Valley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"A haunting tale of artistic vision triumphing over adversity. (map, note from Mamatjian Juma of Radio Free Asia, afterword) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a remote corner of China, a Uyghur girl faces government oppression and family troubles. Read full book review >

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FACTORY GIRL by Josanne La Valley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thought-provoking look at oppression and the power of words from a viewpoint not often heard. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Roshen, a 16-year-old Uighur girl from northern China, is sent away for a year to work at the Hubei Work Wear Company, a factory in the south, she faces cultural, societal, physical, and psychological challenges far beyond her worst nightmares. Read full book review >

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MOO, BAA, LA LA LA! by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2011

"Boynton and Loud Crow deliver another excellent enhanced e-book that fires on all literary, technological and artistic cylinders. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
The iPad adaption of Boynton's bestselling board book surveys animals and the sounds they make. Read full book review >

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SHOE-LA-LA! by Karen Beaumont
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Though lacking the more detailed story lines of the Fancy Nancy series, this outing, with its glitzy cover, is likely to appeal to her fans as well as to the creative side in every budding shoe connoisseur. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What happens when you turn four party-bound girlfriends loose in the Shoe-la-la boutique? Read full book review >

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LA LA ROSE by Satomi Ichikawa
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"This lush retelling of the familiar lost-and-found tale might have been improved un petit peu by a guide identifying the unique objets d'art and architecture to which its readers are treated, but it is a lovely peek at Paris, to be sure. (Picture book. 4-6)"
La La Rose, a stuffed rabbit, becomes separated from her "inseparable friend," young Clementine, during an outing to the famed Luxembourg Gardens of Paris. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VALLEY by John Renehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"A must-read if you want a glimpse of the turmoil Americans faced in Afghanistan or if you just want a page-flipping good yarn."
From a first-time novelist, a military thriller packed with action and mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONOOSOOK VALLEY by Elisabeth Hyde
Released: March 10, 1989

A youngish widow, working mother of two, finds love (maybe) and dope (kind of) in 1971 New England: a limp second novel from the author of Her Native Colors (1986). Read full book review >

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MILLER'S VALLEY by Anna Quindlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"There are familiar elements in this story—the troubled brother, the eccentric aunt, a discovery that hints at a forbidden relationship—but they are synthesized in a fresh way in this keenly observed, quietly powerful novel."
In her eighth novel, a coming-of-age story set in rural Pennsylvania, Quindlen (Still Life with Bread Crumbs, 2014, etc.) focuses on a young woman buffeted by upheavals in her personal life and a threat to the farmland her family has owned for generations.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK VALLEY by Charlotte Williams
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 30, 2015

"For someone trained in reading subtle cues, Jess seems oblivious to the warning signs all around her. But her sleuthing does get her out of her office and into a complex puzzle that keeps you reading in spite of the plot contrivances."
The psychotherapist heroine of The House on the Cliff (2014) entangles herself in the dangerous world of fine arts.Read full book review >

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MYSTERIOUS VALLEY by J. McGrath
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"If McGrath would just lose the embarrassing stereotypes and polish the writing, we'd like to see more of him."
In this second outing (Murder at Sunset, 2001), "nosey old maid" Maggie Goss, bless her, helps foil a North Korean terrorist plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Stonewall Valley by Ulysses Rubin Luersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2015

"Although filled with potential—particularly in delivering social commentary—this book ultimately fails to achieve its goal of blending genres."
A debut novel, the first installment of a trilogy, mixes a diversity of narrative elements—apocalyptic fiction, black comedy, zombie-powered horror, and dystopian fiction. Read full book review >