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LISA CAREY
by Megan Labrise

The Stolen Child may be set on a fairy-filled Irish island, but it is “Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy,” according to Kirkus’ starred review.

“My friends loved that quote, ‘utterly devoid of whimsy,’ ” says author Lisa Carey, who was recently abroad in Turkey, where we reached her by phone. “They said that ...


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LISA BUNKER
by Megan Labrise

Some of the best advice Lisa Bunker received for writing a book had nothing to do with writing a book.

“The best advice I ever got for naming a child was ‘use all the names you love,’ ” says Bunker, author of Felix Yz. “By the time the next kid comes along, you’ll love different names—don’t hold one for ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE YOUNGER BROTHER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE by Lisa Kopelke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

A little brother dispenses general principles and admonitory advice for getting along—or at least even—with a big sister. Read full book review >

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HANNAH MAE O’HANNIGAN’S WILD WEST SHOW by Lisa Ernst
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Hannah Mae's exploit is sure to corral plenty of little dogies with their own dreams of saddling up. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A born cowgirl saves her uncle's ranch from an unusual menace in this cheery oater. Read full book review >

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DAISY KNOWS BEST by Lisa Kopper
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

As Daisy the dog instructs her three pups in the finer points of chewing up the mail, pulling tablecloths, digging in the garden and other skills, Baby tags along, an enthusiastic student. Read full book review >

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ATTACK OF THE FIFTY-FOOT TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"That's pretty hard to swallow, as excuses go, and deeply unsatisfying, like driving in a car that runs out of gas: the sudden stillness is disconcerting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A potentially humorous Halloween caper is left stranded in the author's latest effort. Read full book review >

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MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG by Lisa  Papp
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A good bet for dog lovers and for readers too young for the excellent, lengthier Thank You, Mr. Falker. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A library dog helps a struggling reader. Read full book review >

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THE FLEATASTICS by Lisa Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Kids enjoying the intricate visuals won't worry that the story doesn't make much sense. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's "the greatest show on dogs!" Read full book review >

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THE ABOMINABLE SNOW TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

Passen once again mines B-grade monster movies, as Irma Birnbaum—dubbed "the toughest teacher in town," but "most obsessive" would be more like it—undergoes a third form- and character-altering transformation. Read full book review >

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THE ALIENS ARE COMING! by Lisa Thiesing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Rock on. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
In this lighthearted riff on both Beatlemania and Orson Welles's "War of the Worlds" broadcast, Peggy—cast in Thiesing's high-energy cartoon illustrations as a pig with a period wardrobe headlined by a pink poodle skirt—becomes increasingly alarmed at media reports that "Aliens" are taking over the world. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Expect the unexpected in this purely pleasurable tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Miss Irma Birnbaum, "the toughest teacher in town" and star of Passen's Attack of the 50-Foot Teacher (2000), returns in this hilarious end-of-the-school-year adventure. Read full book review >

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FAT, FAT ROSE MARIE by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Like Claire, readers may not be sure that her assertiveness takes the best form, but that—plus the incisive caricatures in Passen's colorful illustrations—makes the story all the more thought-provoking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Though everyone else teases new girl Rose Marie because she's fat, narrator Claire (freckles, heavy glasses) likes her company, and the two become good friends. Read full book review >