Search Results: "Larry Di Fiori"


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JACKIE AND THE SHADOW SNATCHER by Larry Di Fiori
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2006

Strongly influenced by classic comics and underground comix alike, this monochrome, graphic novel-style mini-melodrama pits an anxious everylad against a menacing crook with both a tongue-twisting moniker and a gang of dwarfish, masked minions. Read full book review >

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MOUTH MOTHS by Douglas Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Full of wordplay and accompanied by comical drawings, each stand-alone story in this collection contains a lesson about behavior that is never pedantic and always replete with warmth and humor. (Fiction. 7-10)"
There's something strange happening with the third grade at W.T. Melon Elementary School. Read full book review >

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THE CLASSROOM AT THE END OF THE HALL by Douglas Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 1996

"The instruction is only thinly cloaked in tall-tale humor and cartoony black-and-white drawings; Evans's first book is one educators may like but few children will finish. (Short stories. 8-12)"
The Classroom At The End Of The Hall ($14.95; Aug. 15, 1996; 132 pp.; 1-886910-07-3): A collection of stories about events in a weird classroom, where various creatures, including a genie, an intelligent doodlebug, and possibly a ghost, may live. Read full book review >

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THAT'S SILLY by William Sleator
Released: April 14, 1981

"However, without the imagined life that wins assent for magic, pretending, or realistic fiction, it might strike children as an arid sort of distinction."
The power of pretending—or is it magic?—is ingeniously but mechanically developed in the interplay between Tony, who likes to pretend, and pragmatic Rachel, who scoffs at his make-believe. Read full book review >

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MICE ON ICE by Larry Di Fiori
Released: April 17, 1980

"From the opening lineup for tickets (with gypsy moths reading fortunes) though the accelerated final chapters (titled, caption-like, 'The Big Fight,' 'Pawto-Paw,' and 'After the Melt'), a fast easy read with more punch than most."
With the zip, the semi-puns, and the pop ingenuity of a bright TV cartoon, Yolen tells of a Mice Capades kidnapping engineered by Gomer the Rat King, a mouse gone bad, and executed by Gomer's henchmen the Four Muscles. Read full book review >

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PEBOAN AND SEEGWUN by Charles Larry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 1993

"Afterword. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
An Anishinabe (Ojibwa) riddle/myth about the turning seasons. Read full book review >

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The Artemis Connection by David Di Paolo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 24, 2014

"An imaginative fantasy that has fun weaving together folklore, medicine, and ancient curses, providing a fresh twist on a classic formula."
In Di Paolo's debut fantasy, a family secret and a mysterious curse lead a skeptic on a whirlwind journey into Italy to discover the real truth. Read full book review >

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RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE AS A WOMAN by Diane Di Prima
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 2001

"A rich trove for literary archaeologists in search of artifacts from the Beat epoch."
An informative, comprehensive account of one woman's rise in the literary underground, ripe with the flavors and transformations of the Beat Generation. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 27, 2014

"Combining thorough research, personal insights and photo galleries of numerous internationally known celebrities, Di Cola has created a thoughtful work on the perception of physical beauty."
Debunking the myth that some are just born "photogenic," author and professional photographer Di Cola investigates the nature of beauty and the empowering concept of the "photo-image." Read full book review >

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PRAYERS OF AN ACCIENTAL NATURE by Debra Di Blasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"MPSLUGetc) are obvious, annoying, and very old-hat."
Twelve stories, mostly depicting life among intellectually and emotionally overwrought young people in present-day America. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2011

"A good example of how focused biographical writing, when skillfully executed, can enlighten as well as a full-life biography."
Amid the outpouring of Theodore Roosevelt biographies, National Wildlife senior editor Di Silvestro (In the Shadow of Wounded Knee: The Untold Final Story of the Indian Wars, 2007, etc.) provides an examination focused on four years (1884-1888) of the president's early manhood. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2016

"This brilliant, necessary book will hopefully do for Syria what Herr's Dispatches (1977) did for Vietnam."
Newsweek Middle East editor di Giovanni (Ghosts by Daylight: A Modern-Day War Correspondent's Memoir of Love, Loss, and Redemption, 2013) dives headfirst into the nightmarish shadow world of modern Syria.Read full book review >