Search Results: "Leovigildo Martinez"


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THE MOON WAS AT A FIESTA by Matthew Gollub
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Next time, perhaps, he'll be given a stronger story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A second collaboration between a noted Oaxacan artist and a California admirer of Mexican culture. Read full book review >

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UNCLE SNAKE by Matthew Gollub
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The resolution of his troubles will bedazzle even impatient youngsters, weary of the story's many arbitrary shifts. (Picture book/folklore. 5+)"
A murky, captivating tale based on the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, from the team behind The Moon Was at a Fiesta (1994). Read full book review >

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THE TWENTY-FIVE MIXTEC CATS by Matthew Gollub
ANIMALS
Released: April 19, 1993

"Just how these symbolic figures and events explicate the interaction of poverty, prejudice, and evil remains enigmatic (a note would have helped); still, Martinez makes an intriguing debut with his powerful art. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Mexican artist Martinez terms his style ``figurative magic''; with its vibrant, sinuously stylized figures and surreal overlapping scenes merging with borders containing still more expressive details, the term seems apt for a visual analogue to literature's magical realism. Read full book review >

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THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Jessica Martinez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Deeply troubling and unsatisfying. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Teen pregnancy is a source of shame in this disappointing second outing from Martinez (Virtuosity, 2011). Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 6, 2000

"Powerful and intriguing: poetry that overcomes modern angst by transforming the uncertainty and emptiness of life into human potential and hope."
Every year since 1978, the National Poetry Series has published five books of exceptional contemporary poetry. Read full book review >

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HARD CORPS by Marco Martinez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Despite his sincerity, Martinez lacks Swofford's writing skills. Consequently, his book may appeal only to those whose uncritical love of our fighting men matches his own."
A profane, testosterone-laced paean of love for the Marines and America and hatred for its enemies, which include Saddam Hussein's army and Americans who oppose the war. Read full book review >

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VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Former child violin prodigy Martinez brings this overwrought world to tense, quivering life and guides readers through it confidently. A brilliant debut. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Grammy-winning, world-touring violinist Carmen Bianchi, 17, has outgrown child-prodigy status. To transition to an adult career as a virtuoso soloist, she must win the Guarneri Competition. If she loses, she'll be just another former prodigy. Read full book review >

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PARROT IN THE OVEN by Victor Martinez
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"The picture Manny paints of his world is not a pretty one, but it is unusually vibrant. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A whirlwind of surprising similes and inventive turns of phrase colorfully frame this grim, ultimately tender story, subtitled ``Mi Vida,'' about a young Chicano getting his priorities straight. Read full book review >

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THE THREADS OF THE HEART by Carole Martinez
Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"A three-part book that would have been more interesting without the extraneous details."
Debut novelist Martinez attempts an ambitious tale about a woman who creates remarkable transformations with sewing materials, but the story unravels before the end. Read full book review >

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COVER-UP by Michele Martinez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2007

"The dialogue is clunky in places and Vargas's role in the case seems implausible, but this fast-paced, suspenseful chick-lit thriller combines sexy romance with enough action to keep readers engaged."
A feisty female federal prosecutor pursues the brutal killer of a beautiful muckraking television journalist while at the same time balancing her growing feelings for a hunky FBI agent. Read full book review >

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MOST WANTED by Michele Martinez
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"First-timer (and former federal prosecutor) Martinez stokes reader interest with a large, attractive cast, though she could use more subtlety in both writing and plotting."
A young federal prosecutor snags the most important case of her career just as her personal life threatens to spin out of control. Read full book review >

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THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS by Domingo Martinez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2012

"A finely detailed, sentimental family scrapbook inscribed with love."
Seattle-based Latino journalist Martinez recalls his youthful adventures in the 1980s romping around the border town of Brownsville, Texas. Read full book review >