Search Results: "Marta Zafrilla"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE CHICK AND MOMMY CAT by Marta Zafrilla
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Works equally well at promoting acceptance of differences and as a general read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Talk about your nontraditional families… Little Chick was just an egg when Mommy cat, who can't have kittens of her own, adopted him from a hen with too many chicks to feed. 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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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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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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Our Lord was Baptized, You Know by Marta Sutton Weeks
Released: March 29, 2007

"A searching outlook and meditative tone that will satisfy the faithful and doubtful alike."
Weeks' debut memoir chronicles both the geographical and spiritual journey of a female priestwho arrived at faith through doubt. Read full book review >

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THE INVENTION OF TRUTH by Marta Morazzoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"A subtle, evanescent, often lovely poetic inventiveness that's learned and deft—but also inescapably tiny, spare, and slight."
From Morazzoni (Girl in a Turban, 1988), a slim novella made up of two fictionalized bits of history intertwined like the ivy 'round the rose. 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 >

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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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ROSA PARKS  by Lisbeth Kaiser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"It's a bit sketchy of historical detail, but it's coherent, inspirational, and engaging without indulging in rapturous flights of hyperbole. (Picture book/biography. 5-7)"
A first introduction to the iconic civil rights activist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2000

"Suffused with the pious certitude of the True Believer, but unlikely to win converts."
A Santería priestess and college professor explains her conversion to the ancient African religion. Read full book review >

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PENNYBAKER SCHOOL IS HEADED FOR DISASTER by Jennifer Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Humor that works its own magic trick: disappearing from middle school shelves. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grade magician Thomas Fallgrout has a troubled start in his new school, where unusual talents are the norm. Read full book review >

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THE ALPHONE COURRIER AFFAIR by Marta Morazzoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Mannered though it is, Morazzoni's best book yet."
The voice of an omniscient narrator who sounds like a homily-spouting village gossip initially draws us into, then unwisely distances us from, the cryptic events of this compact tale of adultery and family enmity, set in the early 1900s in a provincial town in France's Auvergne region ("a land of extinct volcanoes"). Read full book review >