Search Results: "Lisa Rowe Fraustino"


BOOK REVIEW

GRASS AND SKY by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"A nicely evoked regional novel. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In her first novel, Fraustino explores the long-term emotional fallout on a family living beyond alcoholism. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"The lone male contributor, David Lubar, whose 'Heroic Quest of Douglas MacGawain' is the sweetest and least dark, describes a young man's search for tampons for his girlfriend at the local store, and it will produce chuckles and joy. (Short stories. 11+)"
The punnish title does not really reflect the tone of this fiction collection featuring coming-of-age rituals in various cultures—there's almost no lightheartedness. Read full book review >

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THE HOLE IN THE WALL by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"The meandering plot gets a little fizzy near the end but never sparkles the way an award winner should. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Eleven-year-old Sebastian "Sebby" Daniels's home life is no longer much fun. Read full book review >

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DIRTY LAUNDRY by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

"The stories are engrossing; the writers stray from the obvious, making for many pleasant reading surprises. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Fraustino (Ash, 1995, etc.) presents 11 fresh, diverse pieces in a fierce collection of salacious family stories. Read full book review >

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ASH by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1995

"A valuable look at adolescent schizophrenia. (Fiction. 12+)"
How does a family handle mental illness when it appears in their midst? Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Readers will find humor, pain, joy, and wonder in these honest, powerful stories—and hopefully tolerance, compassion, and their own questions about the world around them. (Short stories. YA)"
This collection of 13 short stories about faith will strike a chord in teens still trying to make sense of violence carried out in the name of Allah toward Americans, yet it isn't meant to be a reaction to 9/11. Read full book review >

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THE HICKORY CHAIR by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A fine story with a theme seldom visited. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this loving, warmly sentimental tale an old man fondly remembers his childhood days with his grandmother. 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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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Civil War buffs and fans of the series will find a solid summary of a key battle. (Fiction. 9-14)"
"On to Richmond!" was the Yanks' cry in 1862, but Fredericksburg stood in the way. Read full book review >

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STEAL BACK THE MONA LISA! by Meghan McCarthy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This melodramatic adventure will keep young readers riveted. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Definitely a dream but no less exciting for that, this freewheeling escapade sends a lad in pursuit of international art thieves. Read full book review >