Search Results: "Kristi Valiant"


BOOK REVIEW

PENGUIN CHA-CHA by Kristi Valiant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Fans of penguins and fans of dance and movement alike will enjoy this humorous romp. (Picture book, 3-7)"
Julia devises a plan to dance with penguins at the zoo. Read full book review >

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VALIANT by Holly Black
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"Val's story, while not the best of the genre, makes for a compelling, edgy read complete with faerie murders and shaven-headed heroines. (Fantasy. YA)"
Murdered mermaids, runaways addicted to magical drugs and trolls inhabit a New York City that draws heavily on the conventions of urban fantasy. Read full book review >

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VALIANT by Sarah McGuire
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"A charming, satisfying first novel. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this retelling of "The Brave Little Tailor," a young woman comes to the rescue of a city that's besieged by giants. Read full book review >

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FEEL THE BEAT by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Though some poems fall flat, overall it's an effective introduction to the merriment of dance enjoyed by diverse cultures the world over. (notes) (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
Singer explores diverse dance styles through poetry. Read full book review >

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PRETTY MINNIE IN PARIS by Danielle Steel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Froufrou. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Minnie is a teacup Chihuahua who lives in Paris with Françoise and her very chic family. Read full book review >

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THE GOODBYE CANCER GARDEN by Janna Matthies
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Looking on the bright side is important when facing a cancer diagnosis, but the illustrations could have given a small nod to its challenges in order to make this book a little more realistic. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A sunny story about how a family deals with the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Read full book review >

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PRETTY MINNIE IN HOLLYWOOD by Danielle Steel
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Fluffy and shallow but sweet, with an exuberant effect, from the sparking glitter on the cover to the cast party with 'Pupcake Cupcakes' at the end. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A white French girl named Françoise takes her tiny dog along when she accompanies her fashion-designer mother to Hollywood to work on a movie in this second series outing (Pretty Minnie in Paris, 2014). Read full book review >

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THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A familiar-feeling historical adventure elevated by use of setting. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A Celtic princess is abducted, enslaved, and sent to a gladiatrix school in Julius Caesar's Rome. Read full book review >

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VALIANT GENTLEMEN by Sabina Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Not at all bad, but given that Mario Vargas Llosa covered much of the same ground in his superior 2010 novel, The Dream of the Celt, Murray's version of the Casement story seems superfluous."
A long yarn recounting the life of Irish revolutionary Roger Casement and real-life best friend Herbert Ward, the British writer and artist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A lively account of our Revolution's most reviled figure."
A history of the American Revolution, focused on George Washington (1732-1799) and Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), in which the author acknowledges Arnold's good points but does not fully rehabilitate him. Read full book review >

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CITY OF ANGELS by Kristi Belcamino
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"With a strong female protagonist who won't stop fighting, this page-turner is a delightful and gripping read. (Historical thriller. 14-18)"
Belcamino sets a coming-of-age mystery against the backdrop of the Rodney King case. Read full book review >

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THROWING STONES by Kristi Collier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Literary sports fans will be right at home. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Pete, Andy's eldest brother, died just as WWI ended, and the family hasn't recovered. Read full book review >