Search Results: "Lynn Maddalena Menna"


BOOK REVIEW

PIECE OF MY HEART by Lynn Maddalena Menna
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 18, 2013

"This attempt at a rags-to-riches tale of a wannabe pop superstar delivers more whining than wailing. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Blessed with an impressive four-octave vocal range, 17-year-old Marisol Reyes is ready to make a name for herself in the glamorous and perilous world of the music industry. Read full book review >

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LYNN VISIBLE by Julia DeVillers
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Lynn's kooky optimism and enthusiasm for her work give this book a funny, inspiring vibe that young fashion enthusiasts should enjoy. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
Lynn's unique personal style makes her stand out in all the wrong ways at her small-town high school. Read full book review >

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A KISS FROM MADDALENA by Christopher Castellani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2003

"Not perfect, but Castellani's faultless reproduction of a distant time and place, his elegant, eloquent prose, and his warm sympathy mark him as a talent to watch."
Lyrical first outing about star-crossed love in southern Italy in the 1940s. Read full book review >

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LYNN AND JOE by Lynn Danielle Sugayan
NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2013

"An engaging story of a mother, divorcee, dancer, poet and student looking to find peace."
A woman's memoir of her journey from bad marriages to independence and love. Read full book review >

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THE DRESS SHOP OF DREAMS by Menna van Praag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"A few too many secrets and a murder-mystery plotline that feels like a bit of an afterthought can't mar this brightly colored fabulist confection, more sweet than filling but still sure to delight those looking for a little fairy dust in their romance."
Four couples search high and low for romance amid the magical byways of Oxford, England, in this second novel. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET by Menna van Praag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2013

"Beguiling and bright, van Praag's (Happier Than She's Ever Been, 2011, etc.) third novel delights with deft writing and charming characters."
Each lost woman may stay for 99 nights. That's just enough time to heal a broken heart, face a demon or redirect one's entire life. Read full book review >

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WITCH WATER by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 1977

"Readers who doubted the circumstantial evidence of the earlier book will have a hard time explaining this one."
Lynn Morley's older sister Judith seems to have recovered from her brush with black magic (Witch's Sister, 1975), but now old Mrs. Tuggle is out to get Lynn's suggestible friend "Mouse" Beasley into her power. Read full book review >

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OUTSIDE IN by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"More than a thoughtful ode to found family, this slim, sweet novel challenges readers to look anew at the ones they have. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"What if you could just invent your family, your home, your life?" Read full book review >

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GARRETT IN WEDLOCK by Paul Mandelbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 2004

"Stories that, like Garrett and his new family, work better together."
It's her domestic turmoil—he's just in it—in this deft debut by Mandelbaum. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 2014

"Zoological eye candy captured with a keen eye and adventurous spirit."
An impressive coffee-table book brimming with a couple's beautiful photographs of exotic wildlife. Read full book review >

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BALLPARK by Lynn Curlee
SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2005

"The volume arrives with the new season, and readers who need encouragement to get out to the ballpark will surely find it here. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. All ages)"
Adding to an impressive and growing body of work about important places, Curlee here celebrates America's "green cathedrals," offering a fine survey of American history through the story of baseball. Read full book review >