Search Results: "Maria Padian"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BRETT McCARTHY by Maria Padian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2008

"The pacing is smooth and the actions build to a sad, if realistic, ending. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Bigmouth Brett has two great loves: vocabulary words and soccer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JERSEY TOMATOES ARE THE BEST by Maria Padian
FICTION
Released: March 8, 2011

"While there is nothing new about teens struggling with self-image, the interesting protagonists, details from both worlds and the well-drawn, flawed adult characters make this a worthwhile read. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The worlds of ballet and tennis provide an intriguing background for this story about two gifted best friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WRECKED by Maria Padian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An important, devastating new perspective on an all-too-timely subject. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A group of white college students becomes entangled in the investigation of an on-campus rape. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

FAVORITES OF 2016 - PART FOUR
by Leila Roy

Here I am, at the end of the year… with the end of my reading year. If you’d like to catch up on the first three installments, here are the links: January-March, April-June, July-September.

And now, on with the show!

October: Wrecked, by Maria Padian

I have read a lot—A LOT—of books that deal with sexual assault and rape culture ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WILL by Maria Boyd
FICTION
Released: July 13, 2010

"Still, Will's feelings and relationship struggles are authentic, and the dialogue is crisp when the author pulls her message punches. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Aussie soccer jock and guitar player Will is forced to join the band of his high school's musical as punishment for mooning a bus full of girls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING ABOUT AMERICA by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Riveting—and tender. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Testa writes stories told in poems of surpassing beauty, fragility and depth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1992

"The dreary monograph form of much of the book never quite gels, unfortunately, with Tatar's practical, if undeveloped, popular exhortations. (Thirty illustrations—some seen.)"
Provocative observations on the uses (and misuses) of ``classic'' fairy tales are overwhelmed by academic jargon in this oddly disjointed and disappointing study from Tatar (German Literature/Harvard). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEDTIME SHORT STORIES by Maria Davis
Released: Nov. 27, 2013

"Easy to read and mildly enjoyable, best for kids learning to read on their own."
A rhyming, songlike book of illustrated short stories for kids to read aloud. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU HAVE THE WRONG MAN by Maria Flook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1996

"Deeply flawed—and almost as deeply interesting—work from an ambitious writer who's obviously still finding her material and her voice, and who may yet produce much better fiction."
A frustratingly uneven first collection, by the young author of the novels Family Night (1992) and Open Water (1995). Read full book review >