Search Results: "Madeleine Valentine"


BOOK REVIEW

ALBERTINE'S GOT TALENT! by Shena Power
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Sure to strike a chord with kids still looking for their 'thing.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Albertine's got quite the talented family: Dad gardens, Mom sews and her brother excels at soccer—but Albertine just hangs around. Read full book review >

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AVA AND THE REAL LUCILLE by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A quiet, warm story with real emotions and a real plot. As a pet, Lucille is the real deal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ava and her little sister, Arlie, win first prize in a poetry contest at their local pet store, with an unspecified pet as the prize. But instead of a longed-for dog, the pet turns out to be a parakeet—not what Ava had in mind at all. Read full book review >

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I WANT THAT NUT! by Madeline Valentine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A winning combination of words and pictures for beginning readers and listeners. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The close friendship of Mouse and Chipmunk is temporarily tested by the appearance of one large, attractive acorn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"No hard science fiction here—these lightweight adventures gleefully defy any time-traveling logic—but full of wacky fun, futuristic slang, and talking coats. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
A silly romp through time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TERRANOVAS by Valentine Cardinale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2005

"The wholesomeness of The Waltons meets the ethnic ethos of The Godfather and the cultural expansiveness of Forrest Gump."
A close-knit Italian family struggles with war and terrorism over the course of four generations. Read full book review >

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FIRE COLOR ONE by Jenny Valentine
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A story about an ugly situation that explodes into beauty through cunning and resilience. (Fiction. 13-17)"
In any family, not everything is as it seems, but in Iris' family, this is a big problem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROKEN SOUP by Jenny Valentine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"This is rich, satisfying storytelling, indeed. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Rowan—clever, introspective and stressed—is holding her grieving, broken family together with elbow grease and well-told lies. Read full book review >

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A GATHERING OF ANGELS by Katherine Valentine
Released: Aug. 11, 2003

"Upbeat and pious, but the relentless cheer wears thin."
A follow-up to A Miracle for St. Cecilia's (2002) is all heart and hope: miracles happen, faith is rewarded, people are ever ready to help in a dizzying mix of challenges: mobsters, foreclosure, cancer, hit and run. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLD PAWS, WARM HEART by Madeleine Floyd
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It's pretty clunky, but the watercolor, ink and pastel pictures fill the pages attractively, and some might find it hard to resist a bear in a red-and-yellow scarf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A goopy sentimental tale, ostensibly about friendship, but mostly just strange. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE IN THE DARK by Madeline Valentine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"This depiction rings true in its portrayal of the paralysis of fear and the power of the right circumstances to motivate change. (Picture book. 4-6)"
George's fear of the dark is clear from the cover, where the bedsheets are drawn up to his nose; young listeners will want to know if this ends well. Read full book review >