Search Results: "Marta Mancusi"


BOOK REVIEW

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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MARTA AND THE BICYCLE by Germano Zullo
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Marta's indomitable spirit plunging forth into new experiences is hard to resist. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anyone who thinks cows are dumb and slow has never met Marta. Read full book review >

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MARTA! BIG & SMALL by Jen Arena
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Marta's adventure is an enjoyable way to introduce animals, observe concepts, and identify comparisons and polarities in English and en Español. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Opposites, animals, and Spanish vocabulary introduce concepts to early readers. Read full book review >

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PIRANDELLO'S LOVE LETTERS TO MARTA ABBA by Benito Ortolani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"He displays the whole range of symptoms, the misery, euphoria, obsession, self- involvement, instability, that Freud suggested the creative personality suffered as the price of his art, the torment and energy behind the ostensibly antic Six Characters in Search of an Author."
In 1925, Pirandello—at age 58 entering the final decade of his life, his wife confined to a mental asylum, his beloved daughter in Brazil—fell in love with a 25-year-old actress, Marta Abba. 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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GOLDEN GIRL by Mari Mancusi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Mancusi's engrossing tale provides a gripping glimpse at competitive snowboarding and a penetrating look at friendships within that context. (Fiction. 11-14)"
With a dad who is a former Winter X Games athlete and an impressive achievement record of her own, Lexi seems poised for the Olympics when a devastating snowboarding accident occurs. Read full book review >

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SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A smoking triptych of time traveling, dubious double-crossing and enough dragons to sate the hungriest of gamers and fantasy fiends. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Which came first? The dragon, the egg or the fiery destruction of life as we know it? Read full book review >

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GAMER GIRL by Mari Mancusi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Predictable and littered with pop-culture references that will soon date, this one's for undiscerning tween fans of formulaic romance who want more of the same. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Gothy novice gamer and manga reader Maddy Starr has just moved from Boston to a small New Hampshire town following her parents' divorce. Read full book review >

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PRINCESSES, INC.  by Mari Mancusi
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Lightweight, disposable fun. (Fiction. 9-12)"
News that YouTube star and fan-fiction hero Collin Prince will be a special guest at a comic convention sends Hailey, 13, and her three besties scrambling to finance a trip to Comicpalooza. Read full book review >

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SMOKED by Mari Mancusi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Where there's smoke, there's fire. And dragons. And the end of the world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
No one is immune to sacrifice and revenge, and sometimes even a vegetarian dragon can have a taste for blood. Read full book review >

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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A well-researched, refreshingly optimistic look at a serious issue, free of ideological preconceptions."
With an open mind, a vegetarian journalist examines our "love affair with meat." Read full book review >