Search Results: "Lisa Schroeder"


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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FROSTING AND FRIENDSHIP by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Ultimately, Lily's choice to celebrate her unique abilities and interests affirms readers' rights to do the same. (Fiction. 9-13)"
An impetuous decision to improve her meager baking skills leads to culinary mishaps and friendship woes for middle school musician Lily. Read full book review >

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KEYS TO THE CITY by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"Sweet and familiar Lindy makes this story hard to resist. (Fiction. 9-12)"
School is out for the summer, but instead of languid days by the pool, 12-year-old Chinese adoptee Lindy Mackay must complete an unusual assignment. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU by Lisa Schroeder
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 29, 2014

"Lovely in its details. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Colby, star of the Willow High School football team, and Lauren, the new girl with a dark secret, both yearn to be seen for who they really are. Read full book review >

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THE DAY BEFORE by Lisa Schroeder
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 28, 2011

"Melodrama heightened by romance. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Letters from the past are interspersed into a free-verse chronicle of a crucial day for two teens who meet by chance at a beach town. Read full book review >

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FAR FROM YOU by Lisa Schroeder
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"Despite the sense that Schroeder leans too heavily on line breaks for drama, the accessibility and heartache will attract many readers. (Fiction. YA)"
Genuine emotion balances unremarkable verse in this tale of healing. 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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MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Sweet but ultimately unsatisfying. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After the death of her beloved grandmother, a girl travels to Paris with her mother and finds solace and resolution. Read full book review >

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FALLING FOR YOU by Lisa Schroeder
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Many of the elements of contemporary realistic fiction are present and accounted for—poetry, abuse, love triangles—however, this ends up reading like a not-as-romantic version of Gayle Forman's If I Stay (2009). (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Abuse victim Rae, now on the brink of death, recounts the events that led her to such circumstances. Read full book review >

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SEALED WITH A SECRET by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"Not meaty but an entertaining, comfortably predictable path through solving the puzzle of sibling rivalry. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A 12-year-old Londoner hopes that solving a 75-year-old puzzle will mend her relationship with her big sister. Read full book review >

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ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by Lisa Schroeder
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 28, 2015

"Uplifting. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Two homeless teens wander Portland, Oregon, as they await the impact of an asteroid that will kill them and all other inhabitants of the American northwest. Read full book review >

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SPRINKLES AND SECRETS by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Schroeder skillfully evokes the turbulence of pre-adolescence as she explores the delicate balance of being a true friend while remaining true to yourself. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Sophie faces a difficult dilemma; deciding between loyalty to her best friend and seizing the opportunity of a life time. Read full book review >