Search Results: "Mary Casanova"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN EAGLES FALL by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"The author's note describes her hands-on research with eagle experts and includes several Web sites where naturalists can learn more. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Alexis has been "banished" (her word) by her mother, who lives in San Diego, to International Falls, Minnesota, where her father is the foremost authority on the bald eagle. Read full book review >

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ICE-OUT by Mary Casanova
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A unique look at a familiar period in history. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
It is the 1920s, the age of Prohibition, the automobile, and the speak-easy. Even in rural Minnesota there is money to be made for anyone willing to bend the rules. Read full book review >

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FROZEN by Mary Casanova
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A good effort, but not compelling enough to capture many teen readers. (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose, mute since her mother's murder 11 years ago, finds her voice again. Read full book review >

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THE KLIPFISH CODE by Mary Casanova
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2007

"Still, this is a worthwhile book about a rarely documented facet of the war that some readers will find fascinating. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
When the Germans invade Norway in the spring of 1940, ten-year-old Marit and her little brother Lars are sent to the tiny island of Godoy to live with their grandfather and aunt while their parents, an English teacher and an engineer, join the Resistance. Read full book review >

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CURSE OF A WINTER MOON by Mary Casanova
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An afterword ties the real history of the period to the fictional story, with a bibliography for further reading. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Dark, medieval superstitions haunt the people of a French town in 1559. Read full book review >

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MOOSE TRACKS by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: May 8, 1995

"The attention-grabbing action and emotional struggles of the hero will hook reluctant readers, too. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A suspense tale that pits moose against men, when poachers' greed threatens wildlife in the north woods of Minnesota. Read full book review >

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SOME DOG! by Mary Casanova
by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Ard Hoyt
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"His polished illustrations create distinct personalities for the two dogs, with big, laid-back George contrasting nicely with tiny, wiry Zippity. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this well-written story, George is an older Bassett Hound who enjoys a sedate life: resting on the couch, napping in the hammock and quietly riding on the center seat of his owners' fishing boat. Read full book review >

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THE HUNTER by Mary Casanova
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"As much about the changing character of Hai Li Bu's community as about his own selflessness, this multilayered tale will leave readers moved and thoughtful. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-10)"
In this spare retelling of a Chinese folk tale, a hunter receives a wonderful gift that ultimately costs him his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKE UP, ISLAND by Mary Casanova
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2016

"A mixed bag, to be sure, but for those children living near these island oases, there is much that will seem familiar. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Casanova turns in something different with this lyrical look at an island's start to a brand new day. Read full book review >

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SOME CAT! by Mary Casanova
by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Ard Hoyt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Just as prickly as its heroine, this book requires an audience ready for its sobering back story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Violet the cat finds it hard to make friends with her new owners' two dogs until they show their loyalty despite her unfriendliness. Read full book review >

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ONE-DOG CANOE by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: March 6, 2003

"Hoyt's closing vignette depicts the girl and her dog, alone at last, heading off for an evening excursion, a satisfying dénouement to a very hectic day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A girl sets out on a canoe ride and is joined by her dog, then a variety of animal passengers in Casanova's (When Eagles Fall, p. 877, etc.) buoyant outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE-DOG SLEIGH by Mary Casanova
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Here's hoping for more transportation-themed adventures from this daring (and endearing) duo. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Children intrigued by the idea of a ride in a "one-horse open sleigh" will enjoy this humorous story of a girl and her dog experiencing an old-fashioned mode of winter transportation. Read full book review >