Search Results: "Maria Kallinikos"


BOOK REVIEW

HAMILTON CASHEW AND THE STORY WEAVERS by Maria Kallinikos
Released: March 14, 2012

"A charming fantasy tale with contemporary elements that may occasionally stretch the limits of credibility."
In Kallinikos' debut YA fantasy novel, an intrepid elf must foil a plot to stop the production of stories. Read full book review >

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A WALK IN THE FOREST by Maria Dek
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A startling, successful evocation of the natural world and an urgent entreaty for young people to immerse themselves in the outdoors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pale-skinned child crosses a blank, white page into a screen of trees, where "wonders await." Read full book review >

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INK-BLOT by Maria Eugênia
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2014

"This didactic little piece will likely leave readers puzzled rather than liberated. (Picture book. 7-11)"
This quirky—odd, even—paean to female self-respect preaches too baldly and too briefly. Read full book review >

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I'M 3! LOOK WHAT I CAN DO by Maria Carluccio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"The mundane sentences and audience-limiting age specification won't work for group storytime; save this for close-up readings by kids who enjoy gently complex aesthetics. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Light, pretty pictures with subtly plentiful patterns provide visual interest unmatched by lackluster text and vague point of view. Read full book review >

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OUT OF NOWHERE by Maria Padian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"An encouraging, if incomplete, tale of high school sports in the melting pot. (Fiction. 13-16)"
When Somali refugees move to his Maine town, a soccer captain matures in this Chris Crutcher-reminiscent drama based on a true event. Read full book review >

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ALMOST FOREVER by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A tour de force. (Fiction/Poetry. 8-12)"
Each of these chapters is a poem, and together they take a six-year-old-girl on a journey from Christmas 1967 when her father first gets his orders for Vietnam, to February of 1969, when he comes home. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN AN IVORY TOWER by Maria Hudgins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 2014

"Although she provides no serious competition to Oxford masters Dorothy L. Sayers or Colin Dexter, Hudgins (Death of a Second Wife, 2012, etc.) provides piquant dashes of local color and enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing."
A visiting American finds the mystique of Oxford marred by murder. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A SECOND WIFE by Maria Hudgins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 2012

"To the series' usual attractive locations seasoned with a dash of history, Hudgins adds a mystery with an intriguing group of suspects."
A wedding party gathers on a remote Swiss mountaintop, where the uninvited guest is murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OPEN WATER by Maria Flook
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Some startling scenes and enchanting writing, but Flook's depiction of feeble psyches and unending despair ultimately anesthetizes the reader."
As in Flook's first novel (Family Night, 1993), a dark, strong start lapses into weary complacency as the characters' weaknesses prove insurmountable and addictions to drugs, sex, and loss become their guiding lights. Read full book review >

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THIS ONE IS MINE by Maria Semple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2008

"Clearly smart and talented, Semple never satisfactorily accomplishes the difficult task of balancing nasty comedy and romantic uplift."
Former television comedy writer Semple offers a semi-satirical, funny-sad romance about a spoiled Hollywood wife, a former television writer, who considers risking all for a wholly inappropriate affair with a sleazy musician. Read full book review >

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ALICE WALKER by Maria Lauret
Released: Jan. 17, 2000

"The best kind of literary criticism: Not blind to Walker's flaws as a writer and a thinker, Lauret still finds richness and depth in her writing that will send readers back to the novels."
An engrossing analysis of the novels and other works of Alice Walker that unearths intricate relationships and challenging premises. Read full book review >

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FROM THE KITCHEN OF HALF TRUTH by Maria Goodin
Released: April 9, 2013

"Somewhat enjoyable."
Goodin's debut about a woman who prefers to look at the world through rose-colored glasses and a daughter who views everything in terms of black and white blends humor and inspiration but may leave some readers feeling half-full. Read full book review >