Search Results: "Lisa Graff"


BOOK REVIEW

LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE DOG DARE by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2012

"With two equally compelling protagonists to root for and plenty to make kids laugh, this is sure to resonate with and entertain young readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Media Club becomes "a place of battle" when the time comes to select a news anchor for the spring semester. Read full book review >

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THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"If a trifle earnest—every problem clearly presents an opportunity for Georgie to learn and grow—this is nonetheless a compelling portrayal of dwarfism, differences and growing up. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Georgie is a dwarf, and Andy, his best friend, doesn't seem to care. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE SUN by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"Graff consistently demonstrates why character-driven novels can live from generation to generation, and here she offers a story that can survive for many school years to come. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When internal anger turns into outward rage, one middle school misfit must find a solution or risk ruining everything that matters. Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTELY ALMOST by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2014

"Achingly superb, Albie's story shines. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a tale about not being good enough, Graff introduces readers to a young hero who struggles to measure up. Read full book review >

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UMBRELLA SUMMER by Lisa Graff
FICTION
Released: June 2, 2009

"A welcome and sensitive addition to collections dealing with grief, this is also an appealing and moving choice for readers seeking a dose of feel-good reality fiction. (Fiction. 8 & up)"
Four months ago Annie Richards's 11-year-old brother Jared died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT TREEHOUSE WAR by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Over-the-top but ultimately wise. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Hyperbole reigns supreme! Read full book review >

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A CLATTER OF JARS by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2016

"Kids may have to read the book a second time to follow the plot, but this is a novel that rewards a second—or even a third—reading. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Everyone in this sequel to Tangle of Knots (2013) gets a chance to be the main character, at least for a page or two.Read full book review >

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A TANGLE OF KNOTS by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Subtle and intricate, rich with humor and insight, this quietly magical adventure delights. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A mysterious man in a gray suit, an assortment of vintage, powder blue suitcases and a beguiling orphan girl with an amazing talent for baking cakes are among the tasty ingredients in Graff's delicious new novel. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF BERNETTA WALLFLOWER by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"However, Bernetta's lack of remorse for her deceptive behavior will leave readers appreciating her predicament, but not her solution. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Bernetta Wallflower loses her scholarship to the posh private school she attends after being framed for running a cheating ring. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

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IT IS NOT TIME FOR SLEEPING by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A very good goodnight book. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Cumulative text builds up to a sweet goodnight in this bedtime book. Read full book review >