Search Results: "Jr. Velez"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAD HIGH YEARBOOK by Jr. Velez
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2007

"This title is a great change-of-pace for teens going through superhero overload. (Graphic novel. YA)"
Reminiscent of 1950s horror works hosted by sarcastic macabre beings that gleefully connected the dots between gruesome vignettes, this imaginative title will satisfy fans of gore, grisly death and demonic possession. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 2007

"An initially enlightening and informative feminist slant ultimately becomes a predictable, grating agenda."
Emmy-winning journalist Velez-Mitchell profiles some sensational recent crimes, arguing that many were precipitated by shameful secrets also harbored by plenty of Americans who never resort to murder. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A final full page of author acknowledgments and thanks would have been better utilized with basic information about the choir and its significant location. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Thirteen poems about vocal music focus on the world renowned Boys Choir of Harlem, with photographs of choir members by Smith (Loki and Alex: The Adventures of a Dog and His Best Friend, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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CODE OF CONDUCT by Jr. Alvarez
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Lifeless prose in a memoir that also lacks the excitement, drive, and focus of self-discovery. (Photographs—not seen.)"
What it was like to return to civilian life after eight and a half years as a POW, told blandly by Alvarez (Chained Eagle, YA, 1989—not reviewed), with help from Schreiner (A Place Called Princeton, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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WINNING WORDS by Jr. Smith
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"The immediacy of the storytelling and the lively format will attract young sports buffs looking for something different. (author's note) (Short stories. 9 & up)"
Six sports stories center on inspirational quotations. Read full book review >

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RIMSHOTS by Jr. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Smith closes with another tribute, to the African-American athletes, musicians, and artists who have meant the most to him. (Poetry. 8-11)"
Mixing poetry, memoir, short fiction, and photography, Smith pays a fast-break tribute to the pleasures and pains of b-ball, from being benched (" ‘Please Put Me In, Coach!!' "); to playing "Hot Like Fire," on the way to scoring 65 points; remembering "the time when my dad could no longer play one on one; or how a new kid, "Meek," proved himself on the court, once he was given a chance. Read full book review >

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COUNTING IS FOR THE BIRDS by Jr. Mazzola
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"High- resolution digital illustrations painted onscreen using a personal computer are detailed with the precision of a photograph, appropriate for identification but lacking a heartbeat. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An effective beginning backyard-bird book is muddied with the addition of poetry and counting to its equation. Read full book review >

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A SEA OF GRASS by Jr. Dvorak
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"List of prairie preserves and restorations. (Nonfiction. 5+)"
In outstanding color photos accompanied by a spare descriptive text, a naturalist whose specialty is the prairie depicts a year in the tallgrass prairie that once extended west from Ohio. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"A sheer delight for every fan. (Poetry. 7-10)"
In previous works Smith has extolled the virtues of basketball; here he turns his attention to baseball. Read full book review >

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1688 by Jr. Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Occasionally entertaining bedside reading for history buffs, but not much more."
Another global history set in a pivotal year. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An invaluable anthology."
Masterworks Of Latin American Short Fiction ($25.00; Oct. 1996; 400 pp.; 0-06-431502-9): A wonderful gathering of eight novellas, prefaced by a lengthy and knowledgeable introduction by Ilan Stavans, including rarely seen fiction from several of the greatest (and most neglected) modern and contemporary Latin American masters. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"For those who follow intramural politics within the Catholic Church, a capably written examination of an organization that controls as much wealth 'as a midsized American diocese.'"
Its defenders characterize Opus Dei, that ultra-Catholic movement, as a knitting circle, its detractors as a dangerous cult. Allen, Vatican correspondent for National Catholic Reporter ,finds middle ground. Read full book review >