Search Results: "Laura Alvarez"


BOOK REVIEW

LETTERS FOREVER / CARTAS PARA SIEMPRE by Tom Luna
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Still, the intergenerational intimacy comes through clearly and should leave readers thinking about faraway relatives of their own. (picture glossary). (Bilingual picture book. 7-9)"
Letters exchanged between a San Antonio child and her distant grandfather create a link that bridges miles and years in this slight but loving family story. Read full book review >

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NIGHTLIGHTS by Lorena Alvarez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A winner. (Graphic fantasy. 8-10)"
When a young girl's imagination and creativity are co-opted by a mysterious new friend, she must find a way to regain what is rightfully hers. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING TO DECLARE by Julia Alvarez
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 11, 1998

"A pleasing but not probing foray by the author into herself and others."
The much-praised poet and novelist Alvarez (¤Yo!, 1997; How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, 1991; etc.) offers a set of essays and reminiscences, all previously published in magazines or anthologies. Read full book review >

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HOW TÍA LOLA ENDED UP STARTING OVER by Julia Alvarez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A fitting farewell to a memorable character. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Alvarez's series of Tía Lola Stories ends with a mystery sure to please fans and attract new readers. Read full book review >

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A MOST IMPROBABLE JOURNEY by Walter Alvarez
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"The science is impeccable, the history a tad simplistic. An Ascent of Man-like approach to the subject of Big History would be most welcome, but this isn't quite it."
Count yourself lucky that you live on a planet with gravity—and silicon. Read full book review >

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THE DOG WALKER by Corwyn Alvarez
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A dark, whimsical adventure that dog-lovers will enjoy."
The life of a young, tormented dog-walker is changed by the people and pets he encounters. Read full book review >

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BEFORE WE WERE FREE by Julia Alvarez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"This is a minor quibble with a story that imagines so clearly for American readers the travails of all-too-many Latin nations then and now. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A 12-year-old girl bears witness to the Dominican Revolution of 1961 in a powerful first-person narrative. Read full book review >

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HOW TÍA LOLA CAME TO (VISIT) STAY by Julia Alvarez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Simple, bella, un regalo permenente: simple and beautiful, a gift that will stay. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Renowned Latin American writer Alvarez has created another story about cultural identity, but this time the primary character is 11-year-old Miguel Guzmán. Read full book review >

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HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS by Julia Alvarez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Alvarez manages to bring to attention many of the issues-serious and light-that immigrant families face, portraying them with sensitivity and, at times, an enjoyable, mischievous sense."
Told through the points of view of the four Garcia sisters- Carla, Sandi, Yolanda and Sofia-this perceptive first novel by poet Alvarez tells of a wealthy family exiled from the Dominican Republic after a failed coup, and how the daughters come of age, weathering the cultural and class transitions from privileged Dominicans to New York Hispanic immigrants. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Like the dreams that are dissected and explained at length, the connections here are just too unclear. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Although pleasing to read and informative, this exploration of the elements of night ultimately lacks cohesion. Read full book review >

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A WEDDING IN HAITI by Julia Alvarez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2012

"A warm, funny and compassionate memoir."
A memoir by acclaimed novelist and poet Alvarez (Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA, 2007, etc.) about her pre- and post-earthquake travels around the island of Hispaniola and the Haitian boy who inspired them. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 2007

"Might appeal to those who enjoy MTV's My Super Sweet 16."
Bestselling Alvarez (Saving the World, 2006, etc.) uses the phenomenon of Sweet 15 parties for Latina girls to explore issues of…herself. Read full book review >