Search Results: "Laura Resau"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LIGHTNING QUEEN by Laura Resau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"This vibrant, intergenerational tale is nothing short of magical. (Magical realism. 8-13)"
A celebration of grandparents' wisdom, cross-cultural friendship, and the idea that nothing is impossible. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JADE NOTEBOOK by Laura Resau
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Fans of the series may quibble with some points, but they won't want to miss what is overall a graceful conclusion to Zeeta's story. (Fiction. 12-18)"
In this third in a series of novels focusing on Zeeta and her wanderlust-stricken mother, readers are immersed in the details of a lovingly described coastal town in Mexico and an action-filled mystery surrounding the poaching of ancient sea turtles that make their home there. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAR IN THE FOREST by Laura Resau
ANIMALS
Released: March 9, 2010

"Nahualt and Spanish glossaries. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When her father is deported, Zitlally, a Mexican girl living in Colorado, feels that her home is breaking into pieces, like the fractions she is studying at school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED GLASS by Laura Resau
FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Emotionally charged and powerful. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Sixteen-year-old Sophie is well loved at home by her mother, stepfather and great aunt, who form a multi-ethnic family of great courage and compassion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RUBY NOTEBOOK by Laura Resau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Readers will want to read the first before starting this one and will likely be clamoring for the third, the groundwork for which is nicely set up here. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Thoughtful, intense Zeeta and her free-spirited mother return in this follow-up to The Indigo Notebook (2009). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INDIGO NOTEBOOK by Laura Resau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"The story's too-neat ending may strain believability for some readers, but this is a minor detraction to an otherwise remarkably engrossing, layered work. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Upon arriving in Ecuador with Layla, her flaky, globe-trotting mom, 15-year-old Zeeta has no idea that this latest move will prove any different from the whirlwind to which she has become accustomed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT THE MOON SAW by Laura Resau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Add a thrilling adventure and all the makings of an entrancing read are here. (glossaries) (Fiction. 12-14)"
When Clara Luna, 14, visits rural Mexico for the summer to visit the paternal grandparents she has never met, she cannot know her trip will involve an emotional and spiritual journey into her family's past and a deep connection to a rich heritage of which she was barely aware. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE QUEEN OF WATER by Laura Resau
FICTION
Released: March 8, 2011

"By turns heartbreaking, infuriating and ultimately inspiring. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
The riveting tale of an indigenous Ecuadorian girl being sent away from her family to work for a middle-class mestizo (of Spanish heritage) couple, this collaborative novel by teen author Resau and Farinango is based on the life story of the latter. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


Read the full post >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOSE by Laura Wall
by Laura Wall, illustrated by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Simple, elegant design produces a title with high appeal for the preschool set. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Young Sophie is portrayed with yellow hair and a red dress and smiles out at readers as the story begins. Soon she makes the acquaintance of a most amiable goose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUILDING MANHATTAN by Laura Vila
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"This historical approach sets her engaging debut apart from others of its ilk and will give young visitors and residents both some insight into how the city has changed over the centuries. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
In a sequence of paintings that are colloquies of color, Vila traces the development of Manhattan from uninhabited island to teeming metropolis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SANTA’S NEW SUIT by Laura Rader
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"Ho, ho, ho. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Looking over his battered—not to mention monotonous—wardrobe a week before Christmas, Santa decides that it's time for a change. Mrs. Claus is worried, and rightly so, for after trying on everything from a tux at "Nip and Tux" to an alligator suit from "Costumania," Santa returns from "The Snappy Dude" clad in hideous purple tattersall with matching hat. Read full book review >