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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

LA LA LA by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"For a dreamer, it's easy to imagine a singer in the benevolent face in the moon—here it's a symbol of hope. (Picture book. 5-adult)"
A lonely child's perseverance helps her find the unlikeliest of companions. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

VALLEY FEVER by Katherine Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"A profound novel about forces that can nurture or break the strongest connections."
Taylor (Rules for Saying Goodbye, 2007) evokes the rich textures and rhythms of California's Central Valley in this lush novel of inheritance, family, and betrayal.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALLEY FORGE by Richard Ammon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This could supplement, but not replace, Richard Conrad Stein's Valley Forge (1985), or Libby Hughes's more detailed Valley Forge (1998). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Noting that the Continental Army's winter at Valley Forge has become "a saga wrapped in myth and legend," Ammon uses a mix of primary and secondary sources to separate fact from fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAUR VALLEY by Mitsuhiro Kurokawa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Glossary, including names of dinosaurs mentioned. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Translated from the Japanese, a day in the late Cretaceous life of an Orodromeus—a relatively small dinosaur—and her newly hatched ``chicks.'' Broad double spreads in simple blues, greens, and browns depict encounters with many other species—plants, birds, insects, and larger reptiles—but though there's a battle between two Pachycephalosaurs, there's no bloodshed; the Orodromeus chicks succeed in hiding from the many predators shown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LA VITA by Donald Arsenault
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2016

"A straightforwardly told chronicle that will appeal to readers with an interest in genealogy."
Novelist-playwright Arsenault (The Company Way, 2012, etc.), drawing on his own family's background, describes an Italian wife's reluctant immigration to New England in the 1920s and the drama that ensues.Read full book review >