Search Results: "Marta Acosta"


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DARK COMPANION by Marta Acosta
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2012

"Acosta's savvy take on sexist vampire traditions is refreshing even if much of its bracing astringency gets lost in the melodramatic resolution. Young readers won't mind, and all can look forward to the inevitable sequel. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
This enjoyable, chick-lit update of undead culture gives vampires and their victims a long-overdue makeover. It's a breath of fresh air in a genre marked by creaky gender relations and unchallenged class stratification. Read full book review >

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THE SHE-HULK DIARIES by Marta Acosta
ROMANCE
Released: June 18, 2013

"A fun, escapist romantic romp with superheroes—who can resist?"
Unassuming yet powerhouse attorney Jennifer Walters and her secret alter ego, the publicity-loving She-Hulk, must learn to coexist and balance their physical and intellectual skills while fighting crime and injustice in the courtroom and on the streets, and possibly reclaiming the love of Jennifer's life. Read full book review >

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MY GRANDPA by Marta Altés
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"Even though titles about aging grandparents are many, this tale stands out for its stunning simplicity and avoidance of heavy-handed messages. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The relationship between grandfather and grandson is evocatively portrayed in this spare but powerful look at the warm interdependency of age and youth. Read full book review >

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I HAVE TO GET THERE! by Marta Mancusi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2011

"Though certainly not a giant leap for all mankind, a promising first effort that puts Mancusi squarely on the app map. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A young boy longs to travel to the moon so he can profess his undying love for it. Read full book review >

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LITTLE GRAY'S GREAT MIGRATION by Marta Lindsey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"A suitable glimpse at a mammal that's likely to be overlooked in migration lessons. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Little Gray, a whale calf, doesn't want to leave his lagoon, but he soon realizes why he must make the long journey north. Read full book review >

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INSIDE MY IMAGINATION by Marta Arteaga
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Originally published in Spain, this amorphous volume could certainly be used as a jumping-off point by a creative adult, but there are far better books on the topic available. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Imagination is an elusive concept, and this book misses the boat in its attempt to deconstruct one girl's creative process. Read full book review >

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FAIRY MOM AND ME by Sophie Kinsella
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Fun stuff for the fairy-focused but otherwise predictable and superficial, even for so young an intended audience. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Ella's mom is a great mother but a highly inept Fairy Mom. Read full book review >

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HOWL OF THE LAMBERGOON by Anthony  Spaeth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2017

"A whimsical tale of loss and triumph that should be enjoyed by adults and children alike."
A debut children's book follows a bereaved creature and the people who befriend her. Read full book review >

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BLAZE by Jazmin Acosta
Released: April 28, 2014

"An enthusiastically conceived, if awkwardly executed, debut."
In this debut YA fantasy, a woman with the ability to control fire is kidnapped and drawn into a conspiracy against her kingdom. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"A fresh, authentic account of art, adversity and family."
The bittersweet story of a Cuban ballet dancer's rise to international fame. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA MONTY'S MUDDLES by Marta Zafrilla
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"This well-intentioned effort will surely comfort children coping with similar situations and may lead to further discussions on how children can help when someone is unwell. (Picture book. 5-8)"
First-person narration from a likable 7-year-old boy describes how he is adapting to the changes that follow once his grandfather moves in after experiencing increased memory loss. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The rich colors and vivid patterns of Acosta's illustrations echo Latino pottery and design, making this an irresistible package. (Picture book/folklore. 4-10)"
A lovely creation myth from Costa Rica is retold in read-aloud rhythm and illustrated with gorgeous, tropical paintings. Read full book review >