Search Results: "Leah Komaiko"


BOOK REVIEW

MALIBU CARMIE by Leah Komaiko
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2005

"The writing, in first person, is as flighty as Carmie's character, and should appeal to its target audience. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Carmie lives with her depressed, divorced mother in Van Nuys, California. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Komaiko has written a poignant memoir that turns despair into joy."
A moving, enlightening, and humorous memoir of the friendship between two women, aged 44 and 94. Read full book review >

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AUNT ELAINE DOES THE DANCE FROM SPAIN by Leah Komaiko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The story is slight but pleasantly frothy; Mathers, widely praised for her sophisticated colors and clean, imaginative design, breaks no new ground here but nicely captures the lighthearted spirit in her vibrant, delicately witty art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Aunt Elaine/thinks she's from Spain,/but she and Dad were born in Maine,'' confides Elaine's slightly nerdy-looking niece, Katy; as ``Elena,'' her aunt is enthusiastic about performing Spanish dances with what looks like a multicultural troupe. Read full book review >

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GREAT-AUNT IDA AND HER GREAT DANE, DOC by Leah Komaiko
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The huge, bumptious dog, sturdy kid, and jowly old lady (who has a twinkle in her eye from the start) make a likable trio. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Skateboarding down the block for his weekly visit with his elderly aunt, the peppy, freckled kid, sweatband holding his squared-off red hair bolt upright, dolefully anticipates the usual tedium while Aunt Ida stops to chat with friends during their walk with her Great Dane. ``If Doc and me could have our own way/We'd get up and GO, MAN, GO!'' While he endures the sedate pace, the boy imagines what he and the dog could do if they escaped: ``rope cattle on the prairie,'' perform in a circus... Read full book review >

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ANNIE BANANIE MOVES TO BARRY AVENUE by Leah Komaiko
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Packed with funny black-and-white illustrations, this is easy to read, but not necessarily worth the effort. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The stage is set when young Libby declares herself bored senseless, fed up with her piano-playing brother, and longing for a dog. Read full book review >

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FRITZI FOX FLEW IN FROM FLORIDA by Leah Komaiko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"Events are sacrificed to the dogged pursuit of rhyme, and the feeling of forced wackiness may hinder readers' tolerance for this visitor from the south. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On a winter night, a young fox apprehensively watches an eccentric visitor, Fritzi, parachute down from an airplane with a 14-ton straw suitcase. Read full book review >

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LEONORA O'GRADY by Leah Komaiko
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1992

"A childlike tribute with no hint of the darker side connoted by Leonora's free-spiritedness. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A nonsense rhyme celebrates a joyous older neighbor. Read full book review >

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ON SALLY PERRY'S FARM by Leah Komaiko
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Good, solid exuberance. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Sally Perry's farm is a modest spread, as readers learn only toward the end of the tale, a back forty between brownstones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 18, 1992

"With any luck, it will lead readers to rediscover Williams's novels."
The late Williams, National Book Award winner (The Hair of Harold Roux, 1978), is here well served with a collection of 15 stories—precise acts of attention, rich with detail of New Hampshire, of family relationships, and conflicts between ordinary people, and often concerned with hunting and fishing. Read full book review >

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AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES by Leah Bobet
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"War, community, long-festering anger, and forgiveness—all thoughtfully and deliberately conveyed. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
When a supernatural war reaches her farm, Hallie fights to defend her land while struggling with familial estrangement. Read full book review >

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DEATH MARKED by Leah Cypess
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Somber and disquieting but alight with flickers of hope. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A sorceress without magic navigates lies, treachery and despair in this thoughtful conclusion to the fantasy duology that began with Death Sworn (2014).Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2012

"While readers who long for concrete answers may be frustrated, those willing to go along with this captivating exploration of both individual and collective identity will find themselves pondering its implications long after the last page. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In a world where "Sick's the same as Freak Above," only below is Safe. Read full book review >