Search Results: "Leah Komaiko"


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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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SECRET LETTERS by Leah Scheier
Released: June 26, 2012

"Pass on this; revisit either the original or Nancy Springer's engaging tales of Sherlock's little sister Enola. (Historical mystery. 12 & up)"
Sherlock Holmes' secret daughter goes on the case in this tepid Victorian whodunit. Read full book review >

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A TOUCH MORTAL by Leah Clifford
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2011

"Those enamored enough of troubled-but-cute heroes won't mind the chaotic prose, plot holes and unlikable side characters—and will be thrilled by the setup for volume two. (Fantasy. YA)"
An otherwise intriguing twist on the paranormal is let down by forced melodrama and inexplicable secrets. Read full book review >

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MISTWOOD by Leah Cypess
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2010

"Astonishing and inspiring. (Fantasy. YA)"
The greatest magic is the power of choice in this lush, romantic debut fantasy. Read full book review >

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NOWHERE NEAR YOU by Leah Thomas
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Part mad science, part convincing portrayal of the volatile, resilient nature of friendship and grief—and that, as Ollie says, is not science fiction. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Two mutant boys search for answers about their increasingly erratic powers as they continue the correspondence begun in Because You'll Never Meet Me (2015). Read full book review >