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 >

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

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

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LA AMERICANA by Melanie Bowden Simón
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Some awkward prose and clashing metaphors mar the author's heartfelt rendering of her Cuban adventure."
Political antagonisms fail to thwart a cross-cultural love affair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LA PETITE by Michèle Halberstadt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2012

"A haunting story with a triumphant conclusion."
Touching glimpse of a young life nearly lost and then redeemed. Read full book review >