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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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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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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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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CROSSING MONTANA by Laura Torres
FICTION
Released: June 15, 2002

"Absorbing and powerful. (Fiction. 12+)"
Grandpa has disappeared again and Claire and her family must make the trip out to Idaho to try and help find him. Read full book review >

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PRECINCT PUERTO RICO by Steven Torres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 2002

"Terse, deadpan prose, believable characters, and an offbeat setting add up to a promising series kickoff."
After 15 years of routine police work and relative ease, veteran sheriff Luis Gonzalo gets hit from all sides, and all at once. Read full book review >

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STILL STANDING by Julia Torres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An unpolished memoir of recovery, but it's one with an important message."
A tenacious former U.S. Army soldier shares her struggles with sexual assault and abuse inside and outside the armed forces. Read full book review >