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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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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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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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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CHATTANOOGA GIRL by Dottie Coakley
Released: April 26, 2015

"A straightforward '70s mystery, helped by a sweet love story."
In Coakley's debut novel, a young woman from Chattanooga, Tennessee, settles in upstate New York in 1976, finds romance, and stumbles upon a murder. Read full book review >

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THE ANTIC ALPHABET by Lena Lencek
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1994

"A witty and engaging children's book debut. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A native of Trieste, Italy, creates expressive figures from the 26 letters, adding human personas and appendages and assigning each an action directed at the next (``E enchants F. F follows G.''). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Words that caption objects are well placed and include a good selection to both confirm and expand vocabulary. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A satisfactory compendium, with double spreads on topics moving outward from the child's body, family, feelings, and home to the classroom and subjects like shapes, colors, and numbers as well as the neighborhood, holidays, and animals. Read full book review >