Search Results: "Laura M. Rizio"


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BLOOD MONEY by Laura M. Rizio
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 2011

"An entertaining thriller full of clever touches, whose characters and tone enliven an overworked genre."
In her exciting debut, personal injury attorney Rizio crafts a legal thriller with compelling characters and tense action that more than compensate for a familiar premise. Read full book review >

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PLAYING IN REAL TIME by Laura M. Gillen
Released: Feb. 25, 2012

"A charming, quiet novel with occasional flashes of melodrama."
In Gillen's debut novel, an art restorer travels to an English country manor and discovers a mural's secret. Read full book review >

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SWALLOW THE OCEAN by Laura M. Flynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"An imperfectly told but galvanizing portrait of the devastating impact of mental illness on those it afflicts and those around them."
Debut memoir chronicles three girls' escape into a fantasy world as their mother's schizophrenia grows worse. Read full book review >

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OLD BET AND THE START OF THE AMERICAN CIRCUS by Robert M. McClung
ANIMALS
Released: March 16, 1993

"Kelly achieves an appropriately old-time flavor with energetic illustrations whose cheerful characterizations and careful definition of forms recall the Petershams. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-10)"
Even before Barnum, there was Bailey: Hackaliah Bailey, an entrepreneur who, in 1808, purchased an elephant from a sea captain and took her back to his farm in Somers, New York, where he housed her in his barn, exhibited her to neighbors, and then took her on the road. Read full book review >

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I LOVE MY PIRATE PAPA by Laura Leuck
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"In the short run, however, this should definitely please book-thirsty young treasure seekers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Picture-book pirates are in plentiful supply, but it's still likely that plenty of landlubbers will enjoy listening to this loving description of a buccaneer dad. Read full book review >

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ISLE OF PASSION by Laura Restrepo
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Improbable, sure, but that's not a bad thing in a historical romance this vivid and entertaining."
The Colombian author's previously untranslated 1999 debut novel is arguably her best: a ripping yarn that recreates an obscure historical incident. Read full book review >

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A TALE OF THE DISPOSSESSED by Laura Restrepo
Released: Aug. 6, 2004

"Vividly detailed, a florid fantasy that suggests the miraculous potential of hope and love in the midst of perpetual war."
The fourth from Colombian Restrepo (The Dark Bride, 2002, etc.) traces an unlikely romance between a displaced man—raised in the hell of the country's decades-long civil war—and an outsider. Read full book review >

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THE ANGEL OF GALILEA by Laura Restrepo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"This transparent piffle, already an international success, arrives garlanded with praises from Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez—whose tongues, one assumes, must be very sore from being held so firmly in their cheeks."
This fulsome first novel from Colombia portrays the changed sensibility of a woman reporter who investigates rumors that an angel has shown up in a Bogot† barrio. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY DOLLS by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Hmmm, the dolls visit Dollywood? (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Fans of the first two Doll People stories will be thrilled with number three. Read full book review >

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THE DOLL PEOPLE by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The whole is fabulously illustrated by Selznick, whose pictures have a shapely richness that captures not only the sturdy tubbiness of the modern dolls, but the fragile rigidity of the Victorian ones. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Little girls are in for a marvelous treat in this delicious fantasy that captures many of the rituals, fancies, and habits of girlhood with sweetness and honesty, while imparting gentle lessons about risk, self-fulfillment, and dealing with difference. Read full book review >

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THE DOLL PEOPLE SET SAIL by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Readers are guaranteed very smooth sailing. (not all final art seen) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The Doll and Funcraft families are back—and the ocean's got 'em. Read full book review >

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THE MEANEST DOLL IN THE WORLD by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"With its indelible mingling of wit, action, characterization, and art, this stands alone, but will especially thrill expectant fans of the original Doll People. (Fiction. 7-11)"
In the further adventures of best friends Tiffany Funcraft and Annabelle Doll, the two are accidentally carried to a strange home in a school backpack. Read full book review >