Search Results: "Lisa Papademetriou"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Solidly entertaining, the outing is laced with teenspeak and common fantasy tropes but not played entirely for cheap laughs. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The Queen of Twilight, a nonexistent but in many ways familiar epic, is never the same after two teenagers squabbling over a copy fall into its pages. Read full book review >

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SIREN'S STORM by Lisa Papademetriou
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Classical allusions fit perfectly in this transitional moment of an extremely New World setting. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
A dreamy, hair-raising mystery in a Long Island fishing village-cum-upscale resort evokes the traditional horrors of coastal communities. Read full book review >

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APARTMENT 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"As it moves beyond First World problems, this coming-of-age novel reaches a satisfying depth of character and theme. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-grader Callie is a VERY DEEP philosopher, intent on designing her own positive slogan for mugs and T-shirts. Read full book review >

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DROP by Lisa Papademetriou
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"This might be popular in casino towns, but don't bet on it. (Fiction. YA)"
Three Las Vegas teens gamble on their reputations and relationships in a labored caper. Read full book review >

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CHASING NORMAL by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 2008

"Realistic and upbeat. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Papademetriou hits all the big issues in a typical tween girl's life: concerns about weight and appearance, family relationships good and bad, changing friendships, religion, money (and the lack of same), a summer crush and even the extreme embarrassment of one's first period occurring in a very public setting. Read full book review >

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A TALE OF HIGHLY UNUSUAL MAGIC by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Readers will respond to this tale of enduring love and nascent self-discovery. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Two contemporary girls become linked by a bizarre story from the past, magically emerging from an old book. Read full book review >

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FURY'S FIRE by Lisa Papademetriou
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 10, 2012

"Less grounded than the previous volume, which is perhaps fitting for a heroine who loses and must regain her sense of self. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Will and Gretchen may have narrowly avoided being killed by Sirens, but they're not in safe waters yet in this lyrical, eerie fantasy. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Although not as poignant as Lynne Rae Perkins's All Alone in the Universe (1999), Papademetriou's clever, popular format and ability to understand the emotional roller coaster called middle school will appeal to tween girls. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The latest in "slang fiction"—novels that use slang words and their definitions to carry the story along—this narration follows Allie through her sixth-grade year. Read full book review >

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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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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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M OR F? by Lisa Papademetriou
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Although it may be too lengthy for readers who fall outside that category, it should appeal successfully to its target audience. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Two teens entering high school become best friends, "brain twins," in fact. Read full book review >

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I, MONA LISA by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A clever reworking, though not completely convincing."
Kalogridis (The Borgia Bride, 2005, etc.) chronicles the perils of young Lisa di Antonio Gherardini long before she became the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Read full book review >