Search Results: "Manuel J. Costa"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 5, 2012

"Delivers new perspectives on Jesus' teachings."
Debut author Costa offers a modern perspective on the teachings of Jesus. Read full book review >

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JAMES PARKS AND BEN COSTA
by Alex Heimbach

“A skeleton and a slime walk into a bar…” That may sound like the wind up to a very nerdy joke, but it’s actually the set up for a scene in James Parks and Ben Costa’s new YA graphic novel, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli, which, to be fair, is full of very nerdy — ...


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A MATTER OF ROSES by David Manuel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"An overstuffed debut with something for everyone, and thus guaranteed to please no one."
Years and years ago—and newcomer Manuel's leaden exposition doesn—t spare a single year—Andrew Doane loved Laurel Winslow, and MacArthur Curtis loved Sarah Hillman. Read full book review >

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Released: July 23, 1993

"A thickly atmospheric first novel—with just enough mystery to hold together a powerfully elegiac memoir of the heady early days of Chicano activism."
Twenty years after four Chicano campus activists were attacked by a masked gang along a lonely road outside town and their leader, Rocky Ruiz, was shot down, the survivors begin to feel the heat. Read full book review >

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THE MINIATURE WIFE by Manuel Gonzales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2013

"Delightfully eerie tales from the dark side."
Imaginative stories elevated by creative renderings of tropes from genre fiction. Read full book review >

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7 FANTASY BOOKS HEADING TO FILM AND TV
by John DeNardo

As readers, the idea of our favorite books being turned into film and television production frightens us and excites us. It's scary because so many things can go wrong that could result in – gasp! – an unfaithful adaptation. Yet that doesn't stop us from being excited because we get to re-experience the stories we love. Here are ...


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DARWIN'S BACKYARD by James T. Costa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"While casual readers may not be tempted to perform the experiments, the insights Costa provides into Darwin's thinking and his revelations about the great man's working life make this a worthwhile read. A perfect resource for biology teachers."
An instructive and entertaining look at Darwin's "experimentising" and how it can be readily duplicated using mostly simple household tools. Read full book review >

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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE SNOW QUEEN by Kay Woodward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Similarly opulent renditions abound, but this is as good as any for parents wishing to introduce Frozen-mad children to the Disney movie's original. (annotated list of characters) (Pop-up picture book. 7-9)"
Between padded covers, a lightly compressed version of Andersen's frosty classic is paired to lushly detailed illustrations enhanced by scattered flaps and movable bits. Read full book review >

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING? by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Nevertheless, the book captures some of the initial excitement of emergent literacy against a setting too-little seen in North American children's books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young boy discovers the possibilities of reading on his first day of school. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS THINGAMAJIG by Lynn Manuel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The spreads that include both timeframes connect gracefully through various shared connecting devices: open doors, an old tree with spreading branches, or an open window, linking the past to the present. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A young girl named Chloe is reluctant to enjoy Christmas because of her beloved grandmother's recent death in this bittersweet, well-told story. Read full book review >

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DRIFT by Manuel Luis Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Standard teenaged angst with a Latin accent. Decently done but unremarkable."
The coming-of-age of a young Chicano in Texas, as told by newcomer Martinez. Read full book review >