Search Results: "Juan Felipe Herrera"


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SKATEFATE by Juan Felipe Herrera
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

"Only one thing is certain—readers expecting a skating account are in for a wipeout. (Poetry. 12 & up)"
Short diary entries and a series of confident, colorful poems introduce readers to Lucky, a wheelchair-bound former skater and drag racer who became paralyzed after a car accident. Read full book review >

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CINNAMON GIRL by Juan Felipe Herrera
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The Puerto Rican flavor of this lyrical, authentic novella will appeal to urban Latinas especially, but anyone touched by the events of September 11 will relate to Yolanda's story. (Fiction. YA)"
Yolanda's grasp on reality crumbles along with the World Trade Center after her beloved Uncle DJ is injured on September 11. Read full book review >

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DOWNTOWN BOY by Juan Felipe Herrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A poignant and lyrical look into a transient existence that may still apply today. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ten-year-old Juanito, son of migrant workers, is always the new kid. Read full book review >

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FEATHERLESS/DESPLUMADO by Juan Felipe Herrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Both Spanish and English texts are direct, inviting, and expressive. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Like his pet bird Desplumado, featherless and with a drawn-in foot, Tomasito can't fly. Read full book review >

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PORTRAITS OF HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES by Juan Felipe Herrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A worthy introduction to some of the Hispanic-Americans who have left their marks on the country and culture through their commitment and dedication. (Biography. 8-12)"
Short and engaging biographies of 20 inspirational Hispanic-Americans from fields as varied as sports, arts, sciences, politics, and teaching. Read full book review >

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LAUGHING OUT LOUD, I FLY by Juan Felipe Herrera
NONFICTION
Released: May 31, 1998

"This is poetry to read aloud, to read quickly, to understand more with the heart than with the head. (Poetry. 12-14)"
Citing Picasso's Hunk of Skin as his inspiration, Herrera (Calling the Doves/El Canto de las Palomas, 1995) offers 22 poems in facing English and Spanish versions, printed over Barbour's pale, floating figures of images from Mexican folk art. Read full book review >

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JUAN BOBO by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1994

"Spanish versions are given in smaller type at the end. (Folklore/Easy reader. 5-9)"
In an attractive collection, subtitled Four Folktales from Puerto Rico, a Puerto Rican-born author and illustrator present their island's popular comic simpleton. Read full book review >

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DON JUAN by Peter Handke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Whether you call it 'postmodern' or 'meta-fiction,' there isn't much here."
A slim, odd volume in which the Austrian novelist (Crossing the Sierra de Gredos, 2007, etc.) spins a story about storytelling. Read full book review >

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JUAN QUEZADA by Shelley Dale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Libraries that have the first book on Quezada will want this one, too. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The second children's picture book within a year about the famed potter, Juan Quezada of the village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, this one is very different from The Pot that Juan Built, by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, illustrated by David Diaz (2002). Read full book review >

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JUAN VERDADES by Joe Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

As Hayes (El Cucuy!, not reviewed, etc.) explains in his author's note, he has revised a variant of Aarne-Thompson's tale type 889, "The Faithful Servant," drawing on versions collected in Spain and New Mexico. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"A useful biography, though overwritten and overlength; of particular interest to students of contemporary European politics."
An impressively thorough but tepid life of Spain's reigning Bourbon monarch, who helped foster democracy after the dark decades of the Franco junta. Read full book review >

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THE JUAN DOE MURDERS by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Count on it: If she went mano à mano with Kay Scarpetta, Smokey (Carcass Trade, 1994, etc.) would win the bloody scalpel award."
When Nita Estevez paid her cousin a thousand bucks to smuggle her across the border into the States and find her work in the Garden Grove garment factory in a back area of Orange County, she was hoping for a better life. Read full book review >