Search Results: "Maria Testa"


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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIA by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >

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BECOMING JOE DIMAGGIO by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A powerful, glowing, unforgettable achievement. (Poetry. 10-14)"
Joseph Paul, named for the wondrous new rookie centerfielder of the 1936 New York Yankees, has big dreams and a long hard road to travel in order to achieve them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUNT MARIA by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Setting the stage takes a bit long here, and the story is neither Jones's wittiest nor her most thought-provoking; still, the plot has that delightful intricacy her fans admire, and its multiplicity of details is remarkably imaginative. (Fiction. 12+)"
With her usual facility, Jones plunges an ordinary family, in shock from the apparent death of their half-divorced Dad and newly entrapped by the needs of a decrepit great-aunt, into a weird mix of small-town pettiness, magic, and witchcraft, all overlaid with a wryly original look at the war between the sexes. Read full book review >

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THUMBS UP, RICO! by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"An upbeat story that will find many uses, as a hi-lo, a young reader, or a readaloud. (Fiction. 5-11)"
Rico, who has Down syndrome, creates a likable self-portrait in three brief chapters. ``The First Time I Met Caesar,'' he explains, the other boy called him ``Dummy'' and ridiculed his playing basketball, but after several encounters Rico's persistent cheerfulness—and real ability with the ball—enables the two to make friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIA MONTESSORI by Marie Tennent Shephard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 9, 1996

"But this is a fluent, readable work on an important figure often overlooked. (b&w photos, sources, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
The life of the ``Teacher of Teachers,'' the first female Italian doctor, who led, almost by accident, an education revolution, and who created in a Roman slum the teaching method that would become the basis for the system of Montessori schools. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Inspiring and incisive. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 10-14)"
One of those important pieces of history that somehow never made it into textbooks: the story of Maria Mitchell, a self-taught astronomer who discovered Comet Mitchell, served as an inspiring teacher, and was the first woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In stark and heartbreaking contrast to her Sesame Street character, Manzano paints a poignant, startlingly honest picture of her youth. (Memoir. 12 & up)"
Actress Manzano, best known as Maria from Sesame Street, provides a lyrical and unflinching account of her tough Nuyorican upbringing in the South Bronx. Read full book review >

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MARIA CALLAS by Anne Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2001

"Good fun for nonspecialists, but aficionados will want more substance. (16 pages b&w photos)"
A serviceable account of the star-crossed diva—but it has much competition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIA FITZHERBERT by James Munson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Impressively detailed, and with a lively tone, but perhaps best for truly dedicated royalists. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Editor/historian Munson's (Victoria: Portrait of a Queen, not reviewed) account of a little-known romantic scandal of the British monarchy: the Prince of Wales' strange 1785 marriage to a twice-widowed Catholic woman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIA CALLAS by Stelios Galatopoulos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Arianna Stassinopoulos's Maria Callas, l981). (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
A personal friend of the celebrated opera singer offers a pedestrian but solid biography notable for extensive quotes from Callas's own reflections on her life and career. Read full book review >