Search Results: "Lensey Namioka"


BOOK REVIEW

THE COMING OF THE BEAR by Lensey Namioka
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"There is some violence—the culprits and several bears die—but it's emphasized less than the theme of working toward peace. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In the newest entry in this action-packed series, Namioka's two wandering samurai are shipwrecked on the northern island of Ezo (modern Hokkaido) and find themselves trying to avert a battle between a new Japanese settlement and the indigenous Ainu. Read full book review >

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MISMATCH by Lensey Namioka
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 14, 2006

"An eye-opening read for all cultures. (Fiction. 12-14)"
"Chinese, Japanese, what's the difference?" asks a suburban Seattle high-schooler. Read full book review >

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DEN OF THE WHITE FOX by Lensey Namioka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"The criminal mastermind's escape at the end implies his return in future adventures, but the series is plainly running out of steam. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Set in 16th-century feudal Japan, a slow, uninvolving episode in the adventures of two wandering samurai previously met in Namioka's The Coming of the Bear (1992). Read full book review >

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HALF AND HALF by Lensey Namioka
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2003

"Well-meaning and niche-filling, but little else. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An earnest little effort tackles the issue of growing up biracial, but never moves beyond its premise. Read full book review >

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AN OCEAN APART, A WORLD AWAY by Lensey Namioka
FICTION
Released: June 11, 2002

"An author's note provides some background on a particularly exciting and turbulent time in Chinese history. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A determined Chinese girl pursues her dream of a medical education by leaving her family and attending a university in America in the early 1920s. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1999

"The metaphor of things bound and unbound is a ribbon winding through this vivid narrative; the story moves swiftly, while Ailin is a brave and engaging heroine whose difficult choices reflect her time and her gender. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Namioka (Den of the White Fox, 1997, etc.) offers readers a glimpse of the ritual of foot-binding, and a surprising heroine whose life is determined by her rejection of that ritual. Read full book review >

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APRIL AND THE DRAGON LADY by Lensey Namioka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Grandma finally overreaches herself and gets a fair, but not unkind, comeuppance that frees both April and her dad: a cultural hybrid of a conclusion that's certainly satisfying and probably within the realm of possibility. (Fiction. 11-16)"
April Chen is a typical American teenager. Read full book review >

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THE HUNGRIEST BOY IN THE WORLD by Lensey Namioka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2001

"Yummy. (Picture book. 5-7)"
From the creators of The Loyal Cat (1995), a mild cautionary tale with a traditional Japanese setting. Read full book review >

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THE LOYAL CAT by Lensey Namioka
adapted by Lensey Namioka, illustrated by Aki Sogabe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Sogabe's serenely picturesque cut-paper illustrations are a consummate complement to a traditional story, demonstrating a wide range of perspectives and deft use of color. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
The learned priest Tetsuzan is poor, so poor that even the mice leave his temple. Read full book review >

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YANG THE YOUNGEST AND HIS TERRIBLE EAR by Lensey Namioka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"De Kiefte's frequent impressionistic drawings are a plus. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Youngest of four in a musically gifted family, Yingtao is miserable because he's tone-deaf—a fact denied by his father, who obtusely persists in trying to teach him the violin. Read full book review >