Search Results: "Mary Amato"


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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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MISSING MONKEY! by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Scrappy song lyrics, energetic illustrations and plenty of potty humor keep the hilarity high for reluctant readers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A new chapter-book series about do-gooder thieves kicks off with a monkeynapping. Read full book review >

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THE CHICKEN OF THE FAMILY by Mary Amato
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"EWSLUGp2006. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Henrietta's two older sisters teasingly tell her that she's really a chicken, then leave an egg and feathers around her bed as "proof." Read full book review >

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DROOLING AND DANGEROUS by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2006

"A laugh Riot, with an obvious audience. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Hopping once again into the Captain's Underpants, brothers Wilbur and Orville Riot return with more lame jokes and wild, goofy games. Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE LINES by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Amato's mushroom metaphor aptly fits her young hero, who emerges from unpromising surroundings by following his mom's advice 'to rise above it.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
An upbeat teen with a talent for drawing and soccer who hails from the wrong side of the tracks learns to bloom where he's planted. 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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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHICKEN OF THE FAMILY by Mary Amato
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"EWSLUGp2006. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Henrietta's two older sisters teasingly tell her that she's really a chicken, then leave an egg and feathers around her bed as "proof." Read full book review >