Search Results: "Mary Amato"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NAKED MOLE-RAT LETTERS by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2005

"However, middle-graders looking for a realistic summer read with laughs and a few misty-eyed moments won't be disappointed. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Seventh-grader Frankie Wallop has enough problems: No mother, two wild younger brothers and a perfect reputation to uphold. Read full book review >

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THE WORD EATER by Mary Amato
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 2000

"Several stories bundled together, this amiable cautionary tale, often reminiscent of Clifton Fadiman's Wally the Wordworm or Mary Haynes's more melodramatic Wordchanger , makes a promising, if undisciplined, debut. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An overstuffed tale that will nevertheless wriggle its way into readers' affections, starring an out-crowd sixth grader and a tiny, worm-like creature who can make anything vanish by eating the word for it. Read full book review >

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GUITAR NOTES by Mary Amato
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 24, 2012

"This one will resonate. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Tripp Broody and Lila Marks (Mr. Odd and Ms. Even) alternate lunch-period use of an instrumental practice room and a school guitar, developing a bond through their shared feelings of pressure and their love for making their own music. Read full book review >

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OUR TEACHER IS A VAMPIRE AND OTHER (NOT) TRUE STORIES by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Great fun, especially for budding writers; they'll find kindred spirits within. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Alexander suspects Mrs. Penrose is a vampire; that mystery is the spark that ignites an exciting year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2010

"Solving puzzles, making friends and learning to see the world more clearly are the true aims of this adventure. (Mystery. 7-10)"
A mystery, a school story, sibling rivalry and the loss of a pet blend surprisingly well in this engaging chapter book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Hope for sequels. (Fiction. 7- 9)"
Amato offers an early chapter book sure to entice reluctant readers and leave them laughing. Read full book review >

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GET HAPPY by Mary Amato
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Hits a deep, sweet resonating note. (Fiction. 12-16)"
On her 16th birthday, not only does Minerva Watson not get the gift she wanted, she receives an unwanted gift—from her estranged father. Read full book review >

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MARY by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The interesting conceit behind these illustrationsto take children's book figures and place them in formal icon-like posesworks well. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A strongly religious book featuring 15 scenes from the life of Mary. Read full book review >

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MARY by Hillary Monahan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An urban legend too light on either gore or camp to be any fun. (Horror. 14-18)"
Four friends face the dire consequences of summoning the infamous Bloody Mary. Read full book review >

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MARY by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1970

"The story is a slight thing at best—a frail straw in the wind."
This is Nabokov's first novel (Mashenka), more properly novella, which is best read for its germinal indications of the later works to follow: particularly the theme of the emigre in transition which will be so triumphantly realized in another habitat, Pnin; and the retrospective refrains of Speak, Memory. Read full book review >

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MARY by Demi
by Demi, illustrated by Demi
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"An Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II reproduced on the back cover emphasizes the volume's Roman Catholic orientation, though Demi's superb paintings and the exemplary design elevate the work above these potential concerns. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Demi continues her highly regarded series of biographies of spiritual leaders with this reverential, exquisitely illustrated depiction of the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Sure to kick up some biblical dust: a graphic, instructional story unlikely to receive the Church's imprimatur."
A knowledgeable journalist profiles history's most renowned Jewish mother, tracing a life barely touched upon in the gospels. Read full book review >