Search Results: "Kristina Munoz"


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"A heartwarming, inspiring book for adults and children alike."
In Omid's debut children's book, an Iranian girl finds company and healing in her friendship with a fine feathered friend. Read full book review >

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THE FAITH HEALER OF OLIVE AVENUE by Manuel Munoz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2007

"Fine storytelling that achieves universality while remaining rooted in a particular time and place."
Love troubles roil the lives of Mexican-Americans in ten superbly grounded stories. Read full book review >

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ELEPHANT IN THE BATHTUB by Kristina Andres
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Just like a good bath. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young elephant is taking a bath in one of those lovely, old, claw-footed tubs that sits on a checkered tile floor—got to be Europe. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Plenty of comic twists and crude details (nose picking, drool, cat sticking out its tongue) overflow the pages, making a droll romp out of many a young boy's fantasies. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his "faithful, fearless cat, Envelope," set off for a really BIG adventure. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGONFLY'S TALE by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A fine addition to Native American folklore collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Rodanas (The Story of Wali Dad, 1988) retells an ancient Zuni tale, scrupulously noting her source as an 1884 transcription that she has ``simplified...[adding] some details of my own [in] the way of storytellers.'' The result is a blend of cautionary tale and why story: Celebrating an abundant harvest, the Ashiwi stage a mock battle—literally, a food fight- -that angers the Corn Maidens; they refuse their blessings, and famine follows. Read full book review >

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A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT by Kristina McBride
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2016

"Clever, taut storytelling helps to overcome bland characterization. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Hadley spends the night of her life facing two different but equally dangerous paths. Read full book review >

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THE WHOLE GOLDEN WORLD by Kristina Riggle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Riggle writes about female family dynamics with a sure hand but stumbles awkwardly around TJ and the other male characters."
A teacher stands trial for his sexual relationship with a precocious high school senior who resists believing she is the victim since she pursued their affair. Read full book review >

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UNWANTED by Kristina Ohlsson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Connoisseurs of serial mayhem will solve the mystery long before Alex and his team, but Ohlsson's knack for building surprises into the most routine scenes and people suggests that there'll be plenty of material for the promised series."
Ohlsson enters the crowded field of Swedish procedurals with the tale of a man bent on exacting a terrible revenge on errant mothers through their innocent children. Read full book review >

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JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS by Kristina Springer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Readers looking for a serving of small-town life with a side of royal quirkiness would do well to look elsewhere. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When an unexpected visitor threatens to take away everything Jamie has ever wanted, she has to decide how far she is willing to go to make sure that what belongs to her stays hers. Read full book review >

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MONSTER MORNING by Franca Munoz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2013

"The little monsters in this family seem happy, loved and well-adjusted. They're worth a visit. (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
The morning rituals of little school-bound monsters are examined in friendly detail in an app structured like a family scrapbook. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The pain of cultural and sexual alienation is vividly described, and Rosita, in particular, is an engaging protagonist, but the novel itself is too bitty, too brief, for the really big themes it suggests."
A celebration of friendship on the margins is the theme of Cuban-born Mu§oz's first novel in English. Read full book review >

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THE BLIND HUNTER by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Library shelves are well-stocked with tales from West Africa; this one, equally suitable for contemplation or discussion, arises from a different, more southerly, tradition. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Rodanas bases this story of a blind hunter who "sees" better than his sighted companion on a tale from Zimbabwe. Read full book review >