Search Results: "Julia Durango"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LEVELLER by Julia Durango
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 23, 2015

"Smooth entertainment equally likely to appeal to both gamers and nongamers. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
Teens want to escape into virtual worlds, where they can remake themselves into gorgeous and heroic avatars; parents want their kids to pay more attention to homework and chores. This book is for both camps. Read full book review >

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DREAM HOP by Julia Durango
by Julia Durango, illustrated by Jared Lee
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Moreover, the strategy's worth a try. (Picture book. 6-8)"
For any sleeping youngster who's been trapped in a nightmare, Durango offers a way out—of sorts. Read full book review >

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GO-GO GORILLAS by Julia Durango
ANIMALS
Released: April 20, 2010

"A great addition to any storytime collection; by the end listeners will be chanting along with the refrain. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In the jungle at the Great Gorilla Villa, the gorilla King Big Daddy calls for his royal messenger, a mouse on a moped, and says, "Summon every last gorilla / to the Villa, don't be late. / I expect them all by sundown— / please don't make Big Daddy wait!" Read full book review >

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THE WALLS OF CARTAGENA by Julia Durango
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2008

"Based on real historical characters, this fictionalized account offers both well-researched detail on a buried chapter in the African slave saga and a clever young hero. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In the voice of a reflective storyteller, a slave boy in 17th-century Cartagena, Colombia, tells his story of the injustice around him and how he makes a difference. Read full book review >

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ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME by Julia Durango
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 27, 2007

"Utterly angelic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An African-American spiritual provides the inspiration for this exuberant lyrical lullaby. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE MAMBO MOON by Julia Durango
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Despite a few good poems and the much-needed subject matter, the end result lacks cohesion. (author's note, glossary) (Poetry. 8-12)"
Durango's ambitious, inventive poetry collection on Latino music and dance covers an enticing subject but ultimately tries to do too much. Read full book review >

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PEST FEST by Julia Durango
ANIMALS
Released: June 5, 2007

"Clever and appealing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
In beauty, talent and skills, the housefly can't compete against other bugs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHA-CHA CHIMPS by Julia Durango
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A nice addition for storytimes about monkeys or music. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Deep in the forest, ten little chimps sneak out to Mamba Jamba's for some dancing: "ee-ee-oo-oo-ah-ah-ah! 10 little chimps do the cha-cha-cha." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ONE DAY HOUSE by Julia Durango
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A labor of love honoring labors of love. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young, bronze-skinned Wilson shares with his community and with his elder friend, Gigi, all the ways he wants to improve Gigi's home one day—until "one day" arrives. Read full book review >

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YUM! YUCK! by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp1992. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Park follows Mung-Mung: A Foldout Book of Animal Sounds (2004) with an equally international array of human exclamations—in about two dozen tongues, and uttered by a multicultural cast of children depicted on foldout leaves. Read full book review >

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DREAM AWAY by Julia Durango
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: July 12, 2011

"Odd but pleasant, and the pictures give readers lots to return to even if the verse wears a bit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dreamscape unfurls as a dad reads a bedtime story to his son. Read full book review >

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JULIA GLASS
by Kerri Arsenault

Julia Glass, author of A House Among the Trees, speaks to me wearing sweaty badminton clothes. Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she lives, operates one of the few remaining private badminton clubs—Gut‘n Feathers—in the United States. “If I have a routine, it’s not writing; it’s playing badminton as often as I can,” she says. Her love of the sport mirrors the ...


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