Search Results: "K.M. del Mara"


BOOK REVIEW

WHITEBEAM by K.M. del Mara
Released: Sept. 24, 2012

"An entertaining period adventure for tweens."
A young girl of mysterious but significant parentage joins Scotland's medieval rebellion against the English in this lively YA historical novel. Read full book review >

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DEL-DEL by Victor Kelleher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1992

"A well-plotted and engrossing portrayal of a child's inability to cope with death, from an Australian whose novels have consistently been of interest (Baily's Bones). (Fiction. 12+)"
Sam is seven, brilliant, and deeply disturbed by the death of his sister Laura. Read full book review >

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THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Interesting and unusual. (Suspense. 12 & up)"
Mara's absorbing tale continues in this first sequel in the Mara Dyer series, answering some questions but, clearly, leaving plenty of suspense still to come. Read full book review >

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MARA AND DANN by Doris Lessing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 1999

"She isn't a stylist, and she takes no prisoners, but this writer remains one of contemporary fiction's genuine thinkers and visionaries, and it would be folly to ignore her."
Lessing's 22nd novel, a dystopian allegory set in "Ifrik" (formerly Africa) thousands of years hence, is a ponderous, hectoring, fascinating second cousin to her Memoirs of a Survivor (1975) and The Four-Gated City (1969) (and quite reminiscent, incidentally, of Norman Mailer's similarly forbidding Ancient Evenings). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VISTA DEL MAR by Neal Snidow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A subtly poignant and lyrical memoir."
An English teacher's debut memoir about how a return to his childhood home in Southern California developed into an unexpected—and unexpectedly profound—excavation of his past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 2013

"An adventurously presented story that doesn't quite have the adventure to match."
Three lifelong friends journey from 1960s Lima, Peru, to Holland in this structurally inventive Spanish-language debut novel. Read full book review >

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TIERRA DEL FUEGO by Sylvia Iparraguirre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"A brilliant parable of colonialism rampant, and one of the best Latin American novels of recent years."
The powerful story of Jemmy Button—the Yamana Indian brought in 1829 to England (to be "civilized") by explorer Robert Fitzroy (previously related both in fiction and in Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle)—is retold with impressive narrative sweep and empathy in this multiple prizewinner from a well-known Argentinean dissident writer. Read full book review >

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EL PASO DEL NORTE by Richard Yañez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Solidly written: tales that are at their best when giving glimmers of transcendence."
With a quiet grace and the gravity of those whose lives are permanently on the edge, the characters in Yañez's debut collection (seven of eight stories published previously) offer an unvarnished look at Chicano life. Read full book review >

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TIERRA DEL FUEGO by Peter Lourie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Period photographs and drawings are especially appealing. (map, index, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Intrepid adventurer Lourie (On the Trail of Lewis and Clark, not reviewed, etc.), who's explored everything from the Amazon to the Yukon, with the Hudson and Mississippi thrown in for good measure, travels to the island of Tierra del Fuego recounting adventures of Magellan, Charles Darwin, and turn-of-the-century world traveler, Joshua Slocum. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Despite some detectable ethnocentrism, Riley offers much useful information to persons unfamiliar with southwestern history. (36 illustrations, 18 maps, not seen)"
An often engaging, if uninspired, history of the Rio Grande River of New Mexico and those who have lived along it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Even without advisable cuts, a strong, inventive tale. (Suspense. 12 & up)"
A girl tries to cope with her own survival after the deaths of her friends in this psychological—or is it paranormal?—debut suspense tale. Read full book review >