Search Results: "Kristina Riggle"


BOOK REVIEW

VIVIAN IN RED by Kristina Riggle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Switching back and forth between modern times and 1930s Broadway, Riggle (Hope Out Loud, 2015, etc.) plays with a number of possible outcomes between the hero and his mysterious vision, though the mystery is never exactly high-stakes."
A Broadway producer of the 1930s is confronted by a vision from his past that may represent a problem in his present. 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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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 >

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DANCE OF THE SACRED CIRCLE by Kristina Rodanas
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"It's not easy to hit the right note of both substance and etherealness when myth-making, but Rodanas comes comfortably close. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
The buffalo herd diminishes, and a prairie tribe goes hungry. Read full book review >

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MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS by Kristina Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"A subplot about a teacher's drinking feels extraneous, but it doesn't distract from this sweet story about truth and friendship. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Tori's never given much thought to boyfriends or climbing the popularity ladder until she spends the summer apart from her nouveau riche BFF, Sienna. Read full book review >

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CALLING EXTRA by Kristina Romero
Released: March 9, 2012

"A brave young heroine amid a fascinating historical setting, but short on attention to detail."
Debut author Romero's historical young-adult novel features a homeless 13-year-old girl who finds shelter among New York City's newsboys. Read full book review >

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ONE MOMENT by Kristina McBride
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2012

"Good, solid drama about the power of secrets to test the bounds of friendship, with just enough tension to satisfy teen readers. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Heading into summer with her closest friends, Maggie feels like she has it all, including a perfect boyfriend. Read full book review >

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THE ESPRESSOLOGIST by Kristina Springer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Ultimately forgettable chick-lit fare. (Fiction. YA)"
Trying to save up for college, Jane had fallen into a rut serving countless cups of coffee and specialty drinks at a local coffee chain, but when she adds a twist to her talents as a barista, her life comes quickly to a rolling boil. Read full book review >

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BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES by Kristina McMorris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2012

"A sweeping yet intimate novel that will please both romantics and lovers of American history."
McMorris continues to explore the themes of love and war in this tale about commitment, passion, prejudice and heroism set against the backdrop of World War II. Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPEARED by Kristina Ohlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A gripping tale not for the squeamish, the shy or the nervous."
The third case for Sweden's Criminal Investigation Department (Silenced, 2013, etc.) presents a riveting series of crimes whose investigators are deeply embroiled in them. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"For a country that uses standardized testing more than any other in the world, this skills-based model represents a shift in thinking that could very well establish a shift in results."
Embedded with teachers on the front lines of education, Mother Jones education reporter Rizga delivers a firsthand report on a "failing" school system.Read full book review >