Search Results: "Justin Torres"


BOOK REVIEW

WE THE ANIMALS by Justin Torres
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2011

"Upon finishing, readers might be tempted to start again, not wanting to let it go."
An exquisitely crafted debut novel—subtle, shimmering and emotionally devastating. Read full book review >

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LILIANA'S GRANDMOTHERS by Leyla Torres
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"All the characters are badly drawn; the cat, in particular, suffers from limbs that have odd angles and lines. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From Torres (Subway Sparrow, 1993), a book that offers perhaps a too-rosy portrayal of the relationships a girl has with her two grandmothers. Read full book review >

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SUBWAY SPARROW by Leyla Torres
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Torres's realistic watercolors, though a little stiff, capture the milieu well enough; but her simple story is ingeniously constructed, nicely paced, and altogether disarming. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Torres's first picture book, also available in Spanish (ISBN: 0-374-82756-4), is a charming multicultural vignette. Read full book review >

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STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN by Jennifer Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Once readers get past the drama, they'll cheer for Stef Soto, her family, and Tía Perla. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Debut novelist Torres delivers a light, touching novel about a seventh-grader, her first-generation family's food truck, and her tribulations at school. Read full book review >

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NOVEMBER EVER AFTER by Laura Torres
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"She succeeds in enveloping readers in the nuances of young love, self-doubt, and the pain of losing a parent; depending on readers' own levels of innocence, Amy's ingenuousness and her clinging behavior will either be credible or simply dismaying. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A variety of issues—death, love, Christianity, and homosexuality—reside uncomfortably in this YA novel. Read full book review >

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Bolder And Braver by Julia Torres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An intimate memoir about finding closure, coupled with copious true-crime flourishes."
A veteran chronicles her postwar life in which she became an undercover law enforcement agent, started a family, and confronted hard truths of domestic violence. Read full book review >

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It's NOT Just A Dog! by Pam Torres
Released: April 24, 2014

"While some scenes will be tear-jerkers for sure, Madison's (and Torres') compassion for voiceless dogs may inspire action in her animal-loving readers."
In Torres' second entry in her middle-grade Project Madison series (Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog, 2012), middle schooler Madison uncovers a dogfighting ring in her neighborhood—and learns more about her special empathic gift. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2011

"Valuable, insightful information but may require too much forward planning."
A comprehensive book that details and outlines how to achieve optimum fitness and improve one's quality of life. Read full book review >

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Released: July 21, 2012

"Give this one to kids struggling with a new school or to anyone interested in animal rescue."
Starting middle school can be tough, so Madison Morgan doesn't think she can handle it without a dog, but her stepfather has other ideas. Read full book review >

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MISSING IN PRECINCT PUERTO RICO by Steven Torres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"Though it's often hard to tell where Torres (Burning Precinct Puerto Rico, 2004, etc.) is going, his procedural engages interest with strong prose, convincing detail and local color."
The little police force of Angustias, Puerto Rico, tracks a child pornography ring. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN PRECINCT PUERTO RICO by Steven Torres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 2003

"A solid police procedural with an involving murder puzzle and an ever-deepening portrait of Angustias at its core."
After giving birth to a son, battered Elena Maldonado accepts a ride home from Luis Gonzalo, the sheriff of Angustias, Puerto Rico, but refuses his suggestion that he take her somewhere else, safe from her alcoholic husband Marcos. Read full book review >