Search Results: "Lena Coakley"


BOOK REVIEW

WORLDS OF INK AND SHADOW by Lena Coakley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A potentially intriguing experiment runs aground. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Worlds collide and characters come to life when four young writers discover the limits of their creative powers. Read full book review >

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WITCHLANDERS by Lena Coakley
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"The rich language will enthrall female and male readers alike—if the latter can look past the extremely feminine cover. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Exquisite storytelling plus atmospheric worldbuilding equals one stunning teen debut. Read full book review >

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LENA by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1999

"This does bring a sense of closure to its open-ended predecessor, but the severely unbalanced structure and a resolution that can best be described as shrink-wrapped, make it a weak sequel. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Woodson's quietly harrowing I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This (1994) left teenager Lena Bright and her gifted sister Dion on the run from their abusive father; here, after hitching their way from Ohio to Kentucky, they find the safety they seek, back where their flight began. Read full book review >

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MRS. GOODHEARTH AND THE GARGOYLE by Lena Coakley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"What this may mean about old ladies or gargoyles is too bizarre to consider, but the last scene of the lady with the gargoyle in her lap is downright creepy. (Picture book. 6-9)"
There is a certain weirdness to this odd and unfinished-feeling tale, with its very pretty but not always consistent acrylic images. Read full book review >

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VACLAV & LENA by Haley Tanner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2011

"A terrific, enlightened debut that captures the fervor that hides in naïveté."
A pair of young Russian immigrants, each desperately infatuated with the other, are parted and reunited in Brighton Beach. Read full book review >

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LENA FINKLE'S MAGIC BARREL by Anya Ulinich
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 29, 2014

"An entertaining intellect wrapped in ill-fitting clothes."
Ulinich (Petropolis, 2007) follows her debut with a graphic novel chronicling a young immigrant writer's adventures through family, friendship and sex. Read full book review >

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TWELVE HATS FOR LENA by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

In a broad, simple, Anne Rockwell-like manner, Katz (Excuse Me!, not reviewed, etc.) poses a child peering out delightedly from beneath 12 big hats, each decorated with an array of iconic items. Read full book review >

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THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A memorable life dedicated to music and civil rights, presented with commensurate style. (bibliography, further reading, listening, and viewing) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Twentieth-century racism tried hard to deny this great performer her voice—and failed. Read full book review >

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WHEN AUNT LENA DID THE RHUMBA by Eileen Kurtis-Kleinman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

Kurtis-Kleinman's debut sets out to tickle children silly with the hijinks of narrator Sophie's lovable, irrepressible, show-biz-in-its-blood extended family. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1996

"A welcome gift to Western readers."
The first (partial) translation into English of an indigenous chivalric romance set in the Nile Valley and originally composed sometime during the 13th through 16th centuries. Read full book review >

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HEDGEHOG’S SECRET by Lena Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 2001

"It's a great place to be,' ' says Hedgehog—and that's the spirit that pervades this tender episode. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The motherly hedgehog who welcomed visiting friends in Tea For Ten (2000) is suddenly meeting them at the door with " ‘I really don't have time just now, / I hope you'll understand somehow. / We'll eat and play another day, / but now I have to go, okay?' " Soon Pig, little Teddy, Elephant, and Lottie, a human child, are lined up on the bench beneath Hedgehog's window, wondering what's up. Read full book review >

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TICK-TOCK by Lena Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 1998

"The book will sing to those who love Jill Murphy's A Quiet Night In (1994), and translates beautifully to uses in foster-care and group-home situations. (Picture book. 1-4)"
This bedtime story, populated with a variety of toy-like animals, will strike a chord with readers accustomed to wearing out their caregivers. Read full book review >